Welcome to this week’s installment of “Dom finally listens to albums the world has been raving about for years.” I don’t think it’s possible to have avoided The Arctic Monkeys. I can almost promise that someone you know is fascinated by them. I had a sense of their popularity, but I didn’t realize that what I was about to experience is the fastest selling British debut album of all time. Whatever People Say received a moderate yet impressive reception in North America, but across the pond, Whatever People Say was a smash, selling 1.5 million copies as opposed to 300,000 in the US. The only introduction I can offer this album: it may be the most British thing I’ve ever heard!
Prince is an anomaly. That’s probably the most accurate description of the man, but I still don’t know where to place him. Prince is his own character. Prince is a man who lives for the camera, the limelight, and the fame. Prince is the embodiment of a celebrity persona. There’s where my knowledge ends. Prince largely bypassed my generation, so I never felt I got the proper exposure to what he offered. After a few listens through Purple Rain, an album I didn’t know was incredibly critically acclaimed before I began, I can say that I now have a decent picture of “The Artist.”