The Libertines' self-titled sophomore disc comes at a career juncture that -- if one wanted to be polite -- might be considered "interesting," what with co-frontman Pete Doherty splitting his time between rehab stints and burglary busts (including one for breaking into bandmate Carl Barat's apartment). While that sort of chaos could have derailed the band's music, it actually seems to have given an added urgency, particularly on boozily barreling sing-alongs like "What Became of the Likely Lads" and the Kinks-worthy "When the Lights Go Out." Doherty plays the wounded tough guy role to the hilt, coming across as a neoMarlon Brando character on the shifty, harmony-laden "Can't Stand Me Now," while Barat drapes himself in soulful seeker threads, most effectively on the surprisingly breezy "What Katie Did." There are hints that the band is looking to break out of its role as the brawling, bawling successor to Oasis, especially on the disjointed-but-riveting "Last Post on the Bugle," which fuses a handful of disparate parts into a mini-suite of sorts. But more than anything else, The Libertines serves notice that, warts and all, the band is set to hang together for the long haul -- and the pop world is all the better for that.