Despite their tender years--or perhaps because of them-- with Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, Arctic Monkeys found a new and unique way to chronicle the rushes of youth, and in doing so created a classic take on a stage of life we all experience. This album could be a blueprint for an imagined future; a reminiscence of the past; or your existence now. No matter where you are in your life, this album will always make sense and resonate, and that is Arctic Monkeys’ true achievement. Passion, belief and style are timeless, and so is this record.
As a band, they haven’t gotten into colored variants, and the collectible, special edition end of vinyl; they’ve just pressed their albums on black vinyl, and done a really great job of making a solid package that they keep in press basically in perpetuity.
VMP wanted to bring something new that both fans and people who are not familiar with the band can get new context. So they have a 16-page lyrics booklet with photos from that era, and it’s on 180-gram vinyl. Because of the iconic cover, they also did a smoke vinyl effect that really references the cover.