Shotter's Nation

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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 1 out of 40

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  1. jyotirmayaD
    Feb 19, 2008
    6
    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?
  2. AlejandroI.
    Oct 23, 2007
    10
    Pete is a fucking genius.
  3. 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 that's what a diet of crack and junk does to your brain cells.
  4. XCessive
    Jul 11, 2008
    10
    This is a classic - still listening to it months every day later.
  5. matthewb.
    Oct 31, 2007
    10
    A great album. Doherty is as good as Prince and Michael Jackson! Fantastic.
  6. markb.
    Nov 2, 2007
    10
    The best album of the year so far! better than down in albion.
  7. MichaelE.
    Nov 5, 2007
    10
    Thought the first album was class but not to libertines stanard, we'll this ones changed my mind
  8. DeanC.
    Oct 23, 2007
    9
    Super, man.
  9. 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 that, and all scumbag tabloid journos that write about him should listen to unbilotitled and repent.
  10. B-DonB
    Jan 4, 2008
    9
    Outstanding album. Undoubtedly the best thing Pete Doherty has been involved in since Up the Bracket. French Dog Blues, Baddies Boogie, Unbilotitled, and Deft Left Hand show a major progression from the mess, albeit a charming one, that was Down In Albion. The songs are now much more structured with distinct chorus's and catchy guitar lines. This one definitely ups the ante for the Outstanding album. Undoubtedly the best thing Pete Doherty has been involved in since Up the Bracket. French Dog Blues, Baddies Boogie, Unbilotitled, and Deft Left Hand show a major progression from the mess, albeit a charming one, that was Down In Albion. The songs are now much more structured with distinct chorus's and catchy guitar lines. This one definitely ups the ante for the next Dirty Pretty Things. Good Luck Carl Expand
  11. RodrigoC.
    Oct 18, 2007
    9
    Finally a band worth worshiping. Other British bands I used to like look stupid in comparison.
  12. MickJ.
    Oct 22, 2007
    10
    Brilliant, smashing, delightful, arousing, euphoric, and at times touching. 'Tis a buffet of emotion, thanks to Pete and Mr. Street.
  13. CourtneyK.
    Oct 22, 2007
    10
    An amazing album that's a joy to listen to from start to finish. Unlike the occasionally brilliant but often frustrating "Down in Albion," there's not a misstep on "Shotter's Nation." This is what Peter Doherty should be known for.
  14. JohnP.
    Oct 23, 2007
    6
    Some great stuff on here, Unbilotitled and Unstookietitled are ace and Lost art of murder is fantastic, only prob is the rest seems to be just fragments, a song will start off brilliant and then meander into some boring bit at a tangent or vice versa, the songs see a bit disjointed. You Talk', starts off ace but gets a bit boring. Sonically one thing that can grate is the sameyness Some great stuff on here, Unbilotitled and Unstookietitled are ace and Lost art of murder is fantastic, only prob is the rest seems to be just fragments, a song will start off brilliant and then meander into some boring bit at a tangent or vice versa, the songs see a bit disjointed. You Talk', starts off ace but gets a bit boring. Sonically one thing that can grate is the sameyness of the production, it's all a muchness and you yearn for a bit of variety and a teensy weensy bit more originality but worth it for good tracks. Expand
  15. sk
    Oct 27, 2007
    9
    with his second album , Pete proves that he has still the charisma and the talent to write beautiful songs. despite all his problems n blah blah blah , he came back with his best work so far. an album with memorable n catchy melodies that could find a place in any libertines album. stephen street's production is also a high point cause its the first time that babyshambles songs dont with his second album , Pete proves that he has still the charisma and the talent to write beautiful songs. despite all his problems n blah blah blah , he came back with his best work so far. an album with memorable n catchy melodies that could find a place in any libertines album. stephen street's production is also a high point cause its the first time that babyshambles songs dont sound like demos! forget the hype , the gossips , the no-shows n everythin around pete n hear the only the music...cause that s what really matters at the end of the day. Expand
  16. 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 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 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
  17. FelipeP.
    Oct 24, 2007
    10
    This album is amazing, much better than the first one!
  18. joej.
    Oct 28, 2007
    10
    I loved Down in Albion, I love the new one. Go Pete!
  19. MateoG
    Dec 7, 2009
    9
    Better than Down in Albion!!
  20. 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 much, much better than the version on Shotter's Nation. Definitely the best lyrics he's written since The Libertines.
  21. 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 theirI 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+ Expand
  22. 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 thisA 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. Expand
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. 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.
  2. Pete Doherty has just dropped one of the best indie rock records you’re likely to hear this year.
  3. 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.