Down in Albion [Explicit Lyrics]

( 2 )

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
It's not exactly promising when a band is better known for the tabloid inches filled by its frontman than for its musical output. But in the case of Babyshambles, the London rock outfit led by onetime Libertines frontman Pete Doherty, the music matches the excitement of breathless headlines of drug abuse and run-ins with the law. Doherty has racked up drug charges, and his ex-girlfriend, supermodel Kate Moss, was filmed allegedly using cocaine at a Babyshambles recording session. As a frontman, Doherty should take an Oscar for his role as the degenerate genius, slurring his eyebrow-raising lyrics over glorious rock melodies that chime like the Kinks "The 32nd of ...
See more details below
CD
$32.29
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$33.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (4) from $3.14   
  • New (3) from $4.16   
  • Used (1) from $3.14   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
It's not exactly promising when a band is better known for the tabloid inches filled by its frontman than for its musical output. But in the case of Babyshambles, the London rock outfit led by onetime Libertines frontman Pete Doherty, the music matches the excitement of breathless headlines of drug abuse and run-ins with the law. Doherty has racked up drug charges, and his ex-girlfriend, supermodel Kate Moss, was filmed allegedly using cocaine at a Babyshambles recording session. As a frontman, Doherty should take an Oscar for his role as the degenerate genius, slurring his eyebrow-raising lyrics over glorious rock melodies that chime like the Kinks "The 32nd of December" and the Smiths "A'rebours" and sear like the Pistols and the Clash. In fact, Mick Jones, who produced the Libertines' U.K. chart-topping debut, returns for Down in Albion, corralling the band's, er, shambolic tendencies on its best cuts. The blistering "F**k Forever" joins the Pixies' addled braininess with the Sex Pistols' swagger, and the whoa-whoa-spiked "Killamangiro" a "giro" is an unemployment check belongs on the same playlist as the Jam's "Down at the Tube Station at Midnight" and the Clash's "Spanish Bombs." Elsewhere, Doherty bares his soul on the winsome "Albion" and opener ''La Belle et la Bête'' "'It's a story of a coked-up pansy / Who spends his nights in flights of fancy," rattles Doherty, later supported by Moss cooing, "Is she more beautiful than me?" and reveals a Clash-like affinity for reggae on "Sticks and Stones" and "Pentonville" so named for a prison where he and guest singer the General purportedly served time. Not every tune strikes gold -- there's a killer song buried in the muck of "8 Dead Boys" -- yet fans of Doherty's musical, literary, and debauched antecedents, a line including Shane MacGowan, Johnny Thunders, Sid Vicious, the Replacements, and Ray Davies, will quickly fall under Babyshambles' spell.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Throughout his career, Pete Doherty has always been remarkably honest about drawing inspiration from his self-destruction. During his time with the Libertines, his debauchery underscored the band's explosive, teetering-on-the-edge-of-chaos chemistry. But with his post-Libertines group Babyshambles (again, the name is up-front about Doherty's modus operandi), he doesn't just teeter, he jumps right over the edge, as evidenced by the band's debut album, Down in Albion, which is also heavily inspired by Doherty's drug use and troubles with the law. Most of the album's songs are barely beyond the sketch level; some of them, like "A'Rebours" and "32nd of December" are like ragged little urchins, starved of the care and focus it would take to flesh out their promising bones. Even within the album's murkiness, however, hints of the promise and intermittent brilliance Doherty had in the Libertines can still be heard. Interestingly, the most theatrical tracks on Down in Albion have the most clarity. "La Belle et la Bête," a duet between Doherty and his infamous ex, Kate Moss, recasts the turmoil of their life together as meta-cabaret; "What Katy Did Next" brings back the character of his Libertines songs for a tongue-in-cheek cautionary tale (you can practically see Doherty's finger waggling as he sings, "If you play with fire, you will get burned"). Meanwhile, "Fuck Forever"'s choruses are rousing enough that you can almost buy into the nihilistic, romantic notion of Doherty alternately escaping and diving into his pain, and "Loyalty Song" is so good that it sounds like it was channeled from some other album.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2007
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • EAN: 5050159824021
  • Catalog Number: 5982402
  • Sales rank: 195,373

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Belle et La Bête (5:05)
  2. 2 Fuck Forever (4:37)
  3. 3 A'rebours (3:23)
  4. 4 The 32nd of December (3:08)
  5. 5 Pipedown (2:35)
  6. 6 Sticks and Stones (4:51)
  7. 7 Killamangiro (3:13)
  8. 8 8 Dead Boys (4:16)
  9. 9 In Love with a Feeling (2:51)
  10. 10 Pentonville (3:49)
  11. 11 What Katy Did Next (3:07)
  12. 12 Albion (5:24)
  13. 13 Back from the Dead (2:52)
  14. 14 Loyalty Song (3:32)
  15. 15 Up the Morning (5:43)
  16. 16 Merry Go Round (5:22)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Babyshambles Primary Artist
Barriemore Barlow Gong
Pete Doherty Group Member
Patrick Walden Group Member
Adam Ficek Group Member
Drew McConnell Group Member
Kate Moss Vocals
Technical Credits
Mick Jones Producer
Adam Fuest Engineer
Bill Price Engineer
Pete Doherty Artwork
Iain Gore Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews