6 - The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement

Joining forces with The Rascals' Miles Kane, Owen Pallet and Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford and forming a wild-card side project was probably the last thing anyone expected Alex Turner to do. That The Age of the Understatement would owe more to the surging strings of Scott Walker than to the bratty post-Libertines UK indie scene blindsided pretty much everybody.

The Last Shadow Puppets became a fantastic antidote to the inexpert trashiness of garage bands the world over, Turner and Kane's heartfelt songwriting perfectly complimented by Pallet's stirring, sweeping arrangements. The title track and debut single's video boasted figure precision skating, soviet tanks and garish neon, a fun clash of styles and influences – much like the music itself.

While Arctic Monkeys would never be far from journalists lips, the band managed to become more than just a throwaway folly. Kane has gone on record saying that the pair intend to write more material later in 2009, after both The Rascals and Arctic Monkeys produce new albums. Given the universal acclaim heaped on The Age of the Understatement it wouldn't be a surprise to see The Last Shadow Puppets on future Best Of... lists.

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