After their brilliant debut, 2006's Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Arctic Monkeys gave the people more of the same—in every way you wanted—on 2007's Favourite Worst Nightmare. But on their moody third album—a grower rather than a grabber—the Monkeys venture into the dark unknown. Working for the first time with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme as producer, these Brits go to gloomier places than they've ever been on tracks like the spooky single "Crying Lightning." They also bring a heavier sexuality to cuts like the rumbling "My Propeller" and the punk-spiked "Potion Approaching," where leader Alex Turner snarls, "If I could be someone else for a week/ I'd spend it chasing after you." Consider the Monkeys still worthy of hot pursuit.
DOWNLOAD THIS: "Cornerstone," a melancholy, Morrissey-like ballad