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I’m comfortable with the idea that things don’t have to be a pop song,’ says Alex Turner of Artic Monkeys

The least comfortable with it is the most famous front man of his generation. On his most recent album, The Car, Alex Turner discusses eschewing rock conventions, singing from the heart, and walking a narrow line between cryptic and sentimental.

Thought of Alex Turner

Alex Turner has forgotten what he was thinking about, which is not the first time. The Arctic Monkeys’ leader is leaning forward at a table at a midtown Manhattan café as he struggles to find the right words to explain their new album, a black-tie orgy of cinematic soul, obscene funk, and perfumed 60s strings. 

A waiting staff member saves him. Turner, would you like some milk with that coffee? He responds, “He will have a little milk, please. She comes back a minute later. Turner excitedly refills his cup after managing only a partial sentence. He rubs his hands together and says, OK. All right, we have it now.”

The amiable introvert is determinedly and deliciously energetic throughout a two-hour chat. Then he bangs imaginary woodblocks, sprawls across the molded seat, clasps nothing, and shakes it like a Magic 8 Ball. 

His turquoise jumper’s V-neck displays a slender gold necklace. He strokes while rambling on about David Axelrod’s brilliance as a composer. 

Turner has a reputation for being distant and elusive. But in reality, he is a man of thoughtful silences, an ambiguous overthinker imprisoned in the body of an eccentric entertainer.

Explanation of the New Record

He attempts to explain how he orchestrated the new record, The Car. He adjusts levels on a mixing desk in his mind’s eye, finally saying, “He was interested in switching the “rock band” bit on and off. Rather than strings on top of the rock. The ‘rock band’ fader comes up for two bars here and there with the Sculptures song. The dizzyingly exquisite Sculptures of Anything Goes, and then it’s turned back off.”

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Statement By Alex Turner

He considers this idea carefully before flailing his arms and stopping. He has the appearance of a magician who has noticed that his hat’s bunny is missing. He reboots gradually. 

Then he adds, “And I don’t remember doing that so purposefully before a playful smile. He grips his chest and exclaims, “Phew! The speaker said, “He didn’t believe he’d make it to the end of that phrase.”

Trending on Twitter

However, 36-year-old Turner possesses a keen sense of self and a great sense of humor. This superstar, whose new hairstyles are trending on Twitter, is undoubtedly too well-known to be such a brooder. His eight albums, including the two he co-wrote with pal Miles Kane for the Last Shadow Puppets, debuted at No. 1 in the UK. 

The fifth album from the Monkeys, AM, has only missed one week on the UK Top 100 chart since its debut in 2013. After the band played the lead, it spent most of September back in the Top 10.

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