Shotter's Nation - Babyshambles

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.
User Score

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. jyotirmayaD
    Feb 19, 2008
    I like this CD...esp. with all the hype around Pete Doherty and his endless antics with drugs, models and what not... He has a lot to say, even though it isn't the best of what is good in life. Anyway, I don't understand all the "10s" he's getting here from the fans, but I respect there opinions. I reserve my 10s for uncompromising genius and entertainment: "Nirvana" anybody? Full Review »
  2. AlejandroI.
    Oct 23, 2007
    Pete is a fucking genius.
  3. Oct 21, 2011
    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 »