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The Arctic Monkeys' new album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, has been out for a little more than a week and fans have a lot of thoughts about it.

It's decidedly slower with deeper meanings, compared to some of their earlier stuff, and people were quick to express their anger, frustration and disappointment when this new LP went in a new and different direction.

But it seems as though those feelings haven't got in the way of album sales, as the record has now become the fastest selling LP on vinyl in the last 25 years, according to Pitchfork.

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Vinyl is that big, round, black CD-looking thing that hipsters have because they swear the music is better.

The Arctic Monkeys have managed to sell a whopping 24,500 vinyl copies in its first week, which outsold Liam Gallagher's As You Were by 8,500 copies. Not bad, boys, not bad at all.

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If appealing to hipsters wasn't a good enough milestone for you, then take a second to realise that the Sheffield band has been outselling the rest of the UK Top 20 combined, according to the Official Charts Company.

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It's become the sixth number one album for the band.

When fans were wondering why there was a distinct lack of guitar in the new album, frontman Alex Turner tried to explain why their new material was such a departure from their old stuff.

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He told BBC Radio 1: "The guitar had lost its ability to give me ideas. Every time I sat with a guitar I was suspicious of where it was gonna go. I had a pretty good idea of what I might be which is completely contrary to what I felt when I sat at the piano."

As a result of the different sound, there's been a variety of review scores from music's biggest critics.

Rolling Stone gave it a measly two out of five stars, with critic Jon Dolan writing: "Arctic Monkeys are a great band who've made a ton of good music - the dusky L.A. glam-grind of 2013's A.M. was especially excellent - and in the tradition of lodestars like Cohen, Bowie or Lou Reed, who certainly weren't above the occasional ill-considered left turn, they've tried a stylistic change-up that doesn't quite work. No shame in that. Sometimes restless artistry has a price."

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However, the Daily Telegraph didn't think so and Neil McCormick said: "The music is stark and edgy, with inflections from doo-wop and heavy rock. Songs are ephemeral, and not easy to decipher without listening to them repeatedly."

Horses for courses, I guess.

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