Shotter's Nation - Babyshambles
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  • Summary: Pete Doherty tries to get out of the tabloids and into critic's hearts with his latest album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. It's also about love, loss, the British urban landscape, laughing at yourself, great guitars, exciting chord changes, tight rhythms, the Stones-Who-Kinks-(Small) Faces-Clash-Jam-Smiths-Happy Mondays-Stone Roses-Oasis-Blur history of Britrock, rich, simple production, songs with layers, a really good band and a singer who has relocated his voice.
  2. It's a record full of straight-up good songs from a band that should be (and would be, except for Doherty's fuckery) much more important than it is.
  3. Pete Doherty has just dropped one of the best indie rock records you’re likely to hear this year.
  4. There are a few instances where the songs manage to make the listener forget about the court appearances and remember Doherty's uniquely skewered way around a guitar line and lyric.
  5. Occasionally veering into rakish skiffle in an annoying hat, it’s not quite the righteous sword-slash of vindication prayed for by fans; still, it’s a relief to see Doherty’s muse in surprisingly rude health.
  6. 60
    In the end you're left with a creeping sense of missed chances, made more painful by the fact the Babyshambles have so obviously raised their game. [Oct 2007, p.88]
  7. The second album from the glorified solo project Babyshambles is a half-baked abortion. [Dec 2007, p.184]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. AlejandroI.
    Oct 23, 2007
    10
    Pete is a fucking genius.
  2. markb.
    Nov 2, 2007
    10
    The best album of the year so far! better than down in albion.
  3. SeanB
    Dec 25, 2007
    10
    Only thing on this album that isn't worth worshipping is Lost Art Of Murder, Doherty's performance of the song on Jonathon Ross was Only thing on this album that isn't worth worshipping is Lost Art Of Murder, Doherty's performance of the song on Jonathon Ross was much, much better than the version on Shotter's Nation. Definitely the best lyrics he's written since The Libertines. Expand
  4. DeanC.
    Oct 23, 2007
    9
    Super, man.
  5. MikeC
    Jun 8, 2008
    9
    Production wise and overall sound wise, its better than their first album. Doherty sounds surprisingly sober, the muttering/sloppy drunk Production wise and overall sound wise, its better than their first album. Doherty sounds surprisingly sober, the muttering/sloppy drunk rambling vocals of their debut are gone - And instead actual fully formed songs take their place. Maybe if Pete Doherty can stay clean for more than 2 weeks he will finally be acknowledged as the musical genius which he might be. And maybe his band will finally gain the respect they should. Expand
  6. GavM
    Oct 28, 2007
    9
    Even if he sometimes hides his talent under a bushel, there can be no doubt that Pete has songwriting greatness in him. Anyone who doubts Even if he sometimes hides his talent under a bushel, there can be no doubt that Pete has songwriting greatness in him. Anyone who doubts that, and all scumbag tabloid journos that write about him should listen to unbilotitled and repent. Expand
  7. Navarth
    Nov 7, 2007
    0
    Mediocre songwriting, especially by comparison with the indie competition. Doherty can't sing and his lyrics are rubbish. I guess Mediocre songwriting, especially by comparison with the indie competition. Doherty can't sing and his lyrics are rubbish. I guess that's what a diet of crack and junk does to your brain cells. Expand

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