Grace/Wastelands - Peter Doherty
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  • Summary: The Babyshambles/Libertines lead singer releases his first solo album produced by Stephen Street.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. On his first solo CD, Grace/Wastelands, he conjures an understated and fantastical vision of his homeland in which jazzy meditations on the 1930s bump up against haunted fairy-tale folk.
  2. This is easily the best-sounding album Doherty has been involved with, neither self-consciously "raw" nor overly polished; it lets the music be as simple or as elaborate as it needs to be.
  3. It's an intelligent, beguiling and charming record, from a man who has often seemed to lack all but the first of these qualities, and the first thing he's done since The Libertines' debut to make you feel genuine hope for his future.
  4. Solo debuts, beginning with 1970's McCartney, generally lay themselves bare. Grace/Wastelands does, with the same irresistible UK melodicism begun by the British Invasion's big bang.
  5. Pete Doherty has made a solo album with Stephen Street producing, and the result is some pretty good music.
  6. 60
    It will, rightly, go a long way to repairing Pete Doherty's reputation as a singer and songwriter of note. But half of it is a bit boring.
  7. It essentially exposes Doherty’s biggest weaknesses: his trite lyrics, his less than perfect voice, and his inability to sound interested in anything he’s doing not under the title "Libertines."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. DB
    Apr 10, 2009
    First and foremost, I must say this: before hearing this album I only knew of Pete via the tabloids, blogs, etc. The only image I had of Pete was as the severely drug-addicted ex-boyfriend of Kate Moss. How my view has changed. This album is work of art, poetry and melody that, to me, clearly establishes Pete as a massive talent to be reckoned with. Forget about the sex and drugs part for a minute because we know he's lived that image up quite well. It's the rock n' roll part that proves Pete Doherty is worth the hype. Pete is a troubled soul, but one that has immense talent simmering inside and waiting to explode. That is the feeling I get when I listen to this album. I don't hear someone who writes radio pop and sings with a perfect voice (although perfect nowadays just means "autotuned"). Instead, I hear a modern day bard who has been to hell and back and has some stories to tell. I no longer view Pete Doherty as the severely drug-addicted ex-boyfriend of Kate Moss. My new view: a severely troubled artist who I hope will get his head on straight. Expand
  2. erinca
    Mar 27, 2009
    His best work in a long time, could have been better without sweet by by.
  3. DylanC
    Mar 26, 2009
    Another classic album from the best singer/songwriter of our generation.. Salome, A Little Death Around the Eyes and Sheepskin Tearaway are my faves but its hard to choose highlights from such a stong album.. Up the albion! Expand
  4. jillt
    Apr 25, 2009
    AS with all his music it grows and grows on you. An amazingly talented men.
  5. katyae
    Apr 12, 2009
    He's sweet, melodic, romantic and uneasy. love pete, he's one of the coolest contemporary songwriters.
  6. Mar 14, 2012
    It has the occasional very good tune on it but it also has some real rubbish as well. Doherty could have produced a really good EP out of the material but he's pushing it putting out an album.To be honest Stephen Street has made this album any bit decent by polishing up some of the poorer tracks. I wouldnt bother with the album but Last of The English Roses, I am the rain and Palace of Bone are worth checking out. Expand
  7. JohnP.
    Apr 1, 2009
    Probably the most disappointing of all the releases I've heard by Doherty. In 'Palace of Bone' Doherty sings in a mostly deep voice which I think suits him brilliantly but this is abandoned at the chorus and the rest of the album. 'I am the Rain' (except for the awful harmonising at the end which I find really grating), 'Sheepskin Tearaway' and the single are the highlights to me with 'Arcady' being pleasant enough but songs like 'Sweet by and by' are plain offensive to my ears. I used to like the acoustic demo of 'New love grows on trees' but it's had all the spark taken out of it in the ratyher boing version on display here. Again none of the other songs make me want to hit repeat. I listened to his demos back in '03 and they had far more charm (admittedly the ones I liked best were covers- 'Jean', Huckelberry Grove' but the others have lost their charm as he re-records them on his releases. Also it's pretty clear that at times his rudimentary guitar playing hinders some of the songs and his choruses are 'tacked on' So sorry for rambling: overall disappointed, only Place of Bone sticking in my head for the moment Expand