Grace/Wastelands - Peter Doherty
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  • Summary: The Babyshambles/Libertines lead singer releases his first solo album produced by Stephen Street.
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  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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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mar 14, 2012
    6
    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

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