Shotter's Nation - Babyshambles
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. 100
    Street entirely avoids DIA’s flinty spectrality and staticky crackle and turns a bright light on the smart, compact and relentlessly exciting arrangements he’s here coaxed from the band.
  2. 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.
  3. Once again its vagaries are its distinction. Doherty makes a case for flat-on-your-ass alienation in an insane wartime culture.
  4. Shotters Nation isn't his magum opus, it's still infinitely more consistent, listenable and likely to get played on the radio than its predecessor ever was.
  5. Lyrically, Shotter's Nation brims with the insight and eloquence with which Doherty continually surprises you.
  6. 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.
  7. Shotter's Nation, is surprisingly good and sonically upbeat (if not so much lyrically).
  8. Pete Doherty has just dropped one of the best indie rock records you’re likely to hear this year.
  9. Free of his former band's birthplace, Pete Doherty now exacts revenge on Shotter's Nation, whose opening briar 'Carry on up the Morning' rings instantly Libertine, as does the stumbling tempo and frontman's stutter-step lyricism on 'Side of the Road.'
  10. 70
    Pete Doherty remains the British tabloids' pinata of choice--but at least his music is looking up.
  11. a few songs that lag a bit, this is easily Babyshambles' best work yet.
  12. Doherty's second album with Babyshambles, is a fine effort and marked improvement on his first post-Libertines sally, but its explosiveness is held in check by an unfortunate air of self-awareness.
  13. While Shotter’s Nations contains some of the brightest spots we have seen from Doherty in several years, there remains a few songs with wasted potential.
  14. Doherty's presence, which is monumental, overpowers the rest of Babyshambles: Drew McConnell, Mick Whitnall, and Adam Ficek. [Fall 2007, p.72]
  15. 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]
  16. One shouldn't underestimate the achievements of this sturdy, confident record. [Nov 2007, p.131]
  17. On Shotter's Nation, the Brit-punk rogue sounds light-hearted, strumming through an assortment of Clash-and-Kinks-style hooks.
  18. 60
    Shotter's Nation is still clotted with half-realized melodies and gutter-poet grime. [Nov 2007, p.117]
  19. While Street may have tidied up the sound, there's no disguising the other shortcomings. Almost half of Shotter's Nation is deeply ordinary indie rock, its highlights padded out with spark-free songs ('You Talk,' 'Side of the Road') and irritatingly half-formed ideas.
  20. Shotter's Nation has no stand-out moments. Delivery is about the best of the bunch, but it's no rival to anything The Libertines ever did.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Sadly, there’s little to add to that post-Bracket mixtape here; aside from the single and 'UnBiloTitled'--a track that first appeared on internet forums years ago. Sedated by Street's production, the band lose the wild, rubbish quality that Mick Jones' incompetence presented them with just as they're learning how to write focused songs.
  24. Doherty is no mad genius--he's just mad, and it shows in Nation's slipshod execution and undernourished songcraft.
  25. Nation is saved from being a total failure at its close, with 'Deft Left Hand.'
  26. The second album from the glorified solo project Babyshambles is a half-baked abortion. [Dec 2007, p.184]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Oct 21, 2011
    6
    A much more coherent follow up than their debut Down in Albion. Unfortunately the songs here are the tamest and blandest Doherty has written. Stephen Street deserves credit on production duties. He's gotten the most out of a collection of very average songs. It's a pity he wasn't around for their debut when the songs had much more potential but ultimately butchered in studio. Where this sounds like a band actually concentrating, the material is week and it's hard to get away from that fact. Delivery is a highlight but apart from that not much worth writing about on it. If your a big Libertines fan you'll enjoy aspects of it but overall it lacks bite. Full Review »
  2. Dec 22, 2010
    8
    I can't really compare Babyshambles and The Libertines together. They have two different distinct sounds to their music. But to be honest, I like Babyshambles more. Shotter's Nation's is a really good album. The guitar pieces are a lot more catchier than the guitar pieces in The Libertines albums because it sounds a lot more smoother, where as The Libertines took a punk rock sound to their music. And Babyshambles isn't like that. All In All, This was a good album and i recommend it. B+ Full Review »