Down In Albion - Babyshambles
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  • Summary: The Clash's Mick Jones produced this debut LP for the new band from The Libertines' Pete Doherty.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. A shockingly good batch of rock, pop and punk tunes.
  2. OK, but is it as good as Up The Bracket? Naw, but it's better than last year's The Libertines.
  3. There's a 10 out of 10 album that's been thrown away here; as it is, it's the best demo you'll hear all year. [12 Nov 2005, p.41]
  4. An erratic mix of messy ambition and indifferent sloppiness that sounds like it's falling apart even before it really has a chance to get it together. [11 Feb 2006]
  5. Even within the album's murkiness, however, hints of the promise and intermittent brilliance Doherty had in the Libertines can still be heard.
  6. 40
    A frustrating listen. [Jan 2006, p.119]
  7. 'Down in Albion' is a truly abhorrent and occasionally upsetting record.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 84
  2. Negative: 16 out of 84
  1. Oct 21, 2011
    This is such an inconsistent record. Coming off the back of the Libertines success, this is ultimately a disappointment. Half the songs on it are good and had the potential to be excellent. Quarter of the songs are ok and the other quarter are absolute tripe. The ramshackle sound and feel of the record is obviously down to Doherty and the Band being off their faces while it was being made, however Mick Jones needs to take a lot of the blame. His production on Up the Bracket and The Libertines was excellent and taylor made for the band. However on Down in Albion, there is no quality control and he left Doherty get away with making a half assed attempt at a record. Some good idea's were left half developed and it sounds like he just gave up half through. That said, **** Forever, Kilamangiro, Loyalty Song and a few others very enjoyable tracks. This record pointed out Doherty's dependance on Carl Barat as a collaborator. Expand

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