Let It Reign

Let It Reign

by Carl Barât & the Jackals


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Let It Reign

Originally intended to be the second solo album from Carl Barât, Let It Reign became the first full-length from the former Libertine and his new band the Jackals. It was a wise move to make this album a band effort -- Barât's self-titled 2010 offering fell victim to the indulgence that often plagues the solo ventures from members of acclaimed groups. To be fair, Carl Barât arrived at a time when he may have felt it necessary to distance himself from the Libertines' legacy; while he was making this album, the Libs were playing sold-out reunion shows and preparing to make new music. Let It Reign reflects that the Jackals offer Barât a different kind of camaraderie than his other band does (it's also worth noting that he recorded most of the album before finding his new bandmates via a Facebook post). It's clear that he can still kick up a racket, and songs such as the storming "Victory Gin" and "The Gears" are thrilling for Libertines fans who have been waiting years for him to tear things up. However, there's a weariness to Barât's meditations on friendship on "Summer in the Trenches" and the brassy, conflicted "War of the Roses" that set them apart from his earlier work. Let It Reign's best moments make the most of this sadder but wiser frame of mind, whether on ambitious, fiery songs like "Glory Days" and "March of the Idle" or the philosophical closer "Let It Rain," where Barât sighs "No, I don't have the strength to accept what I can't change." While he may ultimately need Pete Doherty as a sparring partner to bring out his best (and vice-versa), this is the finest music he's made without the Libertines. Let It Reign's appealing mix of nostalgia and vitality proves that Barât can not just survive, but thrive outside of the confines of his other, storied band.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0711297511123
catalogNumber: 5006411
Rank: 160639

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Performance Credits

Carl Barât & the Jackals   Primary Artist
Andrew Wyatt   Piano
Joby J. Ford   Background Vocals
Jackals   Background Vocals
Carl Barat   Guitar,Vocals
Drew McConnell   Bass
Jarrod Alexander   Drums
Sarah Bauza   Trumpet
Alfredo Ortiz   Percussion
Ray Suen   Bass,Strings
Billy Tessio   Guitar
Jay Bone   Drums

Technical Credits

Anthony Rossomando   Composer
Andrew Burrows   Composer
Ed Harcourt   Composer
Benjamin Biolay   Composer
Davey Ray Moor   Composer,Producer
Joby J. Ford   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Editing
Carl Barat   Composer
Drew McConnell   Composer
Jonathan Gilmore   Engineer
Daniel Mills   Composer
Billy Tessio   Composer
Jay Bone   Composer

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