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. 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. Shotter's Nation, is surprisingly good and sonically upbeat (if not so much lyrically).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Doherty's presence, which is monumental, overpowers the rest of Babyshambles: Drew McConnell, Mick Whitnall, and Adam Ficek. [Fall 2007, p.72]
  6. On Shotter's Nation, the Brit-punk rogue sounds light-hearted, strumming through an assortment of Clash-and-Kinks-style hooks.
  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 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 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 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 that's what a diet of crack and junk does to your brain cells. Expand

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