Romance At Short Notice - Dirty Pretty Things
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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the indie rock band from England headed up by ex-Libertines guitarist Carl Barat.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Maybe Carl was the talented one after all.
  2. 80
    The songs are beautifully crafted in that Davies/Weller/Doherty English tradition. [Aug 2008, p.103]
  3. His post-Pete Doherty project evinces dreary futility: he thinks he's Morrissey, but he sounds more like Sandi Thom.
  4. Sure, there’s a residual whiff of mediocrity here, but Carl’s clearly found something else in himself as part of this new gang, and as Dirty Pretty Things’ music grows in assurance, it appears Pete will remain a solitary man for some time yet.
  5. It's a passable enough indie guitar album, but this is a genre that requires shaking up by a truly revolutionary record. This, unfortunately, isn't that record.
  6. Enough signs are pointing in the right direction, but Romance At Short Notice isn’t brave enough to follow each road to its end.
  7. Songs that used to bounce and strut with foolhardy glee now amble, lamenting, the stench of booze and self-pity turning Romance At Short Notice into a wake.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. AlejandroI.
    Jul 1, 2008
    It's almost as good as the first one, and for sure much better than "shotter´s nation".
  2. MatthewB.
    Jul 1, 2008
    A brilliant album. Tuneful and flirtatious. Every song is wonderful!
  3. MauriceM.
    Jul 5, 2008
    the album itself's delightful, but there is also a ready-made critical reaction to it, as far as most reviews go, of the tired "former libertine/indie scene" type. not fair. most songs on RASN strike me by how original they actually sound. you can feel a really remarkable imagination at work here. poetic, i dare say Expand
  4. JJ
    Jul 7, 2008
    I have totally fallen in love with this album. There are some great songs here that are very catchy. JJ Thailand.
  5. MoiMe
    Jul 13, 2008
    Really much better than their first and everything Babyshambles have ever done. Liking it a lot. PS. Mojo gave it 4/5, which hasn't been included in the overall score so far... Expand
  6. JavierM.
    Jul 7, 2008
    Tiene calidad, pero, donde esta ese ramalazo punk del album anterior? Ya hay demasiados grupos haciendo este tipo de musica
  7. CDub
    Jul 8, 2008
    A big step back from their promising first album, which I love. There are only about three songs on the entire record that really rock or even echo of punk, sadly the overwhelming majority of these songs are slow little strummers and sing-alongs. Really too bad, does not live up to my admittedly high expectations. Expand