Romance At Short Notice - Dirty Pretty Things

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 80
    The songs are beautifully crafted in that Davies/Weller/Doherty English tradition. [Aug 2008, p.103]
  2. Maybe Carl was the talented one after all.
  3. 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.
  4. 60
    Dig beneath the murky punk riffs (“Chinese Dogs”) and difficult time signatures (“Buzzards And Crows”) however, and you uncover a lyricist of rare promise, at his best when he’s on home turf.
  5. Dirty Pretty Things move their music forward with this album, but they've sacrificed their clarity to achieve that.
  6. An endearing example of raucous rock with a cynicism-free soft centre.
  7. His post-Pete Doherty project evinces dreary futility: he thinks he's Morrissey, but he sounds more like Sandi Thom.
  8. Enough signs are pointing in the right direction, but Romance At Short Notice isn’t brave enough to follow each road to its end.
  9. 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.
  10. Taking into account the great things expected of those once promising likely lads, Romance At Short Notice offers only more disappointment. [Aug 2008, p.144]
  11. 'Buzzards And Crows' is a natural opener with its whirly fairground sounds, and 'The North' is a pleasant enough ballad, but when Barat croons, “Yeah, I get the fear, but I couldn’t be bothered” (just one of the many incomprehensibly suburban lyrics in this forgettable collection), the sheer laziness says it all.
  12. 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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