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The Age Of The Understatement

This article is about the Last Shadow Puppets album. For the album's title song, see The Age of the Understatement (song).

The Age of the Understatement
The Last Shadow Puppets
Released 15 April 2008 (2008-04-15)
(see release history)
Recorded August 2007[1] at Black Box Studios, France (except track 4 recorded at RAK Studios, London)
British Grove Studios, London (Orchestra)
Genre Alternative rock,[2] indie rock,[2][3] baroque pop, symphonic rock
Length 35:10
Label Domino
Producer James Ford
The Last Shadow Puppets chronology

The Age of the Understatement
Singles from The Age of the Understatement
  1. "The Age of the Understatement"
    Released: 14 April 2008
  2. "Standing Next to Me"
    Released: 7 July 2008
  3. "My Mistakes Were Made for You"
    Released: 20 October 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Blender 3/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound (7/10)[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
NME (8/10)[7]
The Observer 4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media (7.7/10)[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
The Times 3/5 stars[11]
Uncut 4/5 stars[12]

The Age of the Understatement is the debut album by The Last Shadow Puppets, featuring Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane of The Rascals and James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco. It was released on 21 April 2008 in the UK, following the release of their eponymous single in the previous week.[13] It entered the UK Album Chart at #1 on 27 April 2008. The album was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize.[14]

Album art

The album art consists of a photo of a model named Gill photographed by Sam Haskins in 1962.[15]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Alex Turner and Miles Kane[16]
No. Title Length
1. "The Age of the Understatement"   3:07
2. "Standing Next to Me"   2:18
3. "Calm Like You"   2:26
4. "Separate and Ever Deadly"   2:38
5. "The Chamber"   2:37
6. "Only the Truth"   2:44
7. "My Mistakes Were Made for You"   3:04
8. "Black Plant"   3:59
9. "I Don't Like You Anymore"   3:05
10. "In My Room"   2:29
11. "Meeting Place"   3:55
12. "The Time Has Come Again"   2:22

Different versions of the album list the last two tracks in a different manner. Catalog number WIGCD208 lists track #11 and #12 as "The Meeting Place" and "Time Has Come Again" respectively while catalog number WIGCD208S lists them as "Meeting Place" and "The Time Has Come Again".



  • Production – James Ford
  • Mixing – James Ford, Richard Woodcraft
  • Engineers – Jimmy Robertson
  • Artwork design – Matthew Cooper
  • Front cover photography – Sam Haskins
  • Portrait photography – Deidre O' Callahan
  • Publishers – EMI Music Publishing and Deltasonic Music
  • Management – Geoff Barradale and Ian McAndrew for Widelife Entertainment


Charts (2008) Peak
UK Albums Chart 1
Belgium Albums Chart 4
Dutch Albums Chart 12
French Albums Chart 18
Norwegian Albums Chart 23
Australia ARIA Albums Chart 30
Swedish Albums Chart 34
Italian Albums Chart 56
Canadian Albums Chart 65
U.S. Billboard 200 111
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart 9
Preceded by
Konk by The Kooks
UK Album Chart number-one album
27 April 2008 – 4 May 2008
Succeeded by
Hard Candy by Madonna

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Japan[17] 15 April 2008 Hostess CD HSE-10065
Germany[18] 18 April 2008 Domino Records CD
United Kingdom[19] 21 April 2008 Domino Records CD WIGCD2008
Australia[20] 21 April 2008 EMI Music Australia CD
Europe[21] 25 April 2008 CD
United States[22] 6 May 2008 Domino Records CD CDNO181
Brazil 25 August 2008 EMI Music Brazil CD


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