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. lydiaf
    Dec 10, 2005
    totally ace album, the out of tune parts make it more humane. the track Albion is stunning and i love listening to it. Beautiful. much greater than what i anticipated. Expand
  2. MrSkint
    Apr 14, 2006
    This album is amazing, the production may be sub par, but its the sound of a real rock n roll band. Raw, honest and intense, a quite refreshing break from all the other usual phony tripe. Its a shame that the reviewers have been influenced so much by the media, when hes dead, he will be looked upon as an idol. Expand
  3. Dabbadoo
    Dec 2, 2007
    10 forever is a great song, but some moments the cd gets tired, but still a great cd that every person should listen to a few times so it will grow on them Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Nov 18, 2005
    It may not be as good as the fantastic Up The Bracket as an album, but the good tracks easily match his earlier efforts for lyrical beauty and sheer brilliance. A couple of songs could have been missed out, (Pentonville! What was he thinking?) and the music is at times, well, a shambles, but that's what makes it so charming, and songs such as A'rebours and 32 December show that with just a little more work this could have been the masterpiece we've all been waiting for. Expand
  5. cristian
    Nov 17, 2005
  6. PhilipS
    Mar 20, 2006
    A mess, a true and an utter disappointment- oh sorry i am reviewing the album not Doherty.... average some reasonable songs, let down by sloppy production Expand
  7. BenG
    Feb 14, 2006
    Worst thing i have ever heard!

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