Barry Divola
May 09, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Last Shadow Puppets, a.k.a. Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and the Rascals’ Miles Kane, is an ambitious departure for the U.K. indie rockers. Their debut boasts galloping rhythms and vibrato guitars that are indebted to the work of spaghetti-Western soundtrack maestro Ennio Morricone and lovely orchestrations that call to mind pop-melodrama king Scott Walker. The Age of the Understatement is ultimately an auspicious work from a couple of twentysomethings looking to transcend the term ”side project.” B+
DOWNLOAD THIS: Hear ”The Age of the Understatement” at The Last Shadow Puppets’ MySpace page

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