The Libertinesby The Libertines
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.
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Performance CreditsLibertines Primary Artist
Technical CreditsMick Jones Producer,Audio Production
Bill Price Engineer
Richard Hammerton Composer
Bernard Roundhill Composer
Jeff Teader Artwork
Pete Doherty Composer
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This is just one if those bands that grows and grows on you. I find myself humming, singing and dancing to these songs all of the time. Loads of quality fun.
I humbly admit that I did not expect much from this CD after hearing about Pete Doherty's... "business," but I have persistent friends, and thus gave it a shot. This isn't the greatest CD ever to be produced, but it's excellent in its own way. Noteworthy are the infectious "Can't Stand Me Now" and "Last Post on the Bugle," the softer "Music When the Lights Go Out," "Arbeit Macht Frei" invites a good time, and the seductive "Road to Ruin." It's the kind of CD when one listens to when one wants to relive one's crazed teenage years. It seems to me that The Libertines have never left it.
Words dont describe how amazing this album is. the music is incredible and the lyrics are beautifully crafted and have such a good melody. honestly take a shot and check it out. i doubt you will be dissapointed. it really grows on you and it become neccesary for every day listening
This album is phenomenal!!! the perfect follow up to 'up the bracket.' behold the next big band in rock n roll.
Up the Bracket is brilliant! This is how rock should be. The only think that could make a band like the Strokes better is if they were British and the Libertines are just that sort of band.
When i first listened to this album i didn't give it that much attention i was kind of thinking it would be more of a clash like sound. AS days followed i listen to it again without any expectation and i really found it brilliant i realy though it was a great record it will also probaly be a classic