The originality claims made on behalf of singer Alex Turner's lyrics falter the moment he tries to enhance the prostitute portrait "When the Sun Goes Down" by referencing the Police ("He told Roxanne to put on her red light"). Still, his words are typically sassy and sometimes ironic: The CD's first line is "Anticipation has the habit to set you up for disappointment." And if the music resembles the output of a dozen other Brit buzz bands, tracks such as "Dancing Shoes" are catchy and propulsive enough to overrule most objections.
Not that English critics have any. Jesus and Mohammed will just have to try harder next time.