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. 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+ Expand
  2. 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. Expand

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