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AOL Music is having a listening pah-ty for the Arctic MonkeysFavourite Worst Nightmare, which is out today. Yes, that means you can listen to every track from the album – for free! (Use IE instead of Mozilla to listen.) Now, you can know firsthand what’s getting every rock critic (and NME reader) so hopelessly moist!

Speaking of damp music crix, The TimesJohn Mulvey gives the album five stars and hails it “a proper classic.” How he would know that at this early date is beyond me, but the embellishments don’t end there. “Imagine The Smiths if Morrissey had engaged with the world rather than rejected it, and you’re close to understanding ‘Do Me a Favour.’ ‘Do me a favour and break my nose,’ Turner croons penitently, as the music swells beneath him with a sort of humane grandeur. Favourite Worst Nightmare is full of moments like this. For once, a British band haven’t just fulfilled expectations, they have transcended them.”

I need to give the record a few more spins before I start handing out all my gold stars and lobbing Morrissey comparisons. What do you think of Favourite Worst Nightmare?

Also: The Arctic Monkeys album is the fastest-selling album of 2007 in the UK, with one-day sales of 85,000 copies. Note that their first album was the fastest-selling of all-time. Slipping there, boys?

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.