The Libertines - The Libertines
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  • Summary: While some eponymous albums suggest a lack of creativity, the heralded UK rock outfit's sophomore disc is titled 'The Libertines' because it is indeed about The Libertines--or, more specifically, about the ongoing conflict between the band's two songwriters, Carlos Barat and Pete Doherty (the latter of whom was subsequently kicked out of the band after three failed rehab attempts). The Clash's Mick Jones returns as producer. Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
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  1. 100
    The Libertines is a record of such raw autobiographical honesty that it carries a weight few others in 2004 can match. [Album of the Month, Sep 2004, p.94]
  2. One of the most exciting discs in recent memory.
  3. What you have here is the most agonisingly voyeuristic listening experience in rock, ever. It's also some of the most exhilarating and brilliant rock'n'roll of the past 20 years. [7 Aug 2004, p.46]
  4. The Libertines seems less of an exercise in salesmanship and more a set of lightly buzzed, brightly conversational studies of modern urban nightlife.
  5. Everywhere you look on this record there is a sense of magic escaped, accompanied by the ever-tantalising presence of a great band just beneath the surface.
  6. From the very start, The Libertines is the sound of the band at its most muzzled; paralysed by poor production, underdeveloped songs and private lives that have become more sensational and noteworthy than the music.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. Dec 27, 2010
    10
    It is a shame that Pete and Carl never did continue to write beautiful songs together. Their chemistry is unmatched in this day and age. This album really shows their talents and please stop calling them the British Strokes. The are The Libertines people! Expand
  2. Mar 23, 2012
    10
    Not just one of the greatest albums of the decade, but quite possibly one of the greatest of all time. The lyrics tell a sad narrative and with this final effort, the Libertines left their legacy. Expand
  3. Mar 23, 2012
    10
    Truly sad to see this be the last of the Libertines albums (at least for now). But that just makes the effect of this final effort that much better. An incredible album by two amazing songwriters. Expand
  4. Jan 20, 2011
    8
    The Libertines is a great album. It's punk rock all the way through. It's a raw and emotional album that, in my opinion, is better than Up The Bracket. The sound is a lot smoother in this album than it was in Up The Bracket. "The Man Who Would Be King" and "Campaign Of Hate" are the standout songs for me. All In All, A really good album that I recommend. B+ Expand
  5. Feb 22, 2012
    8
    It was always going to be difficult to follow up to their brilliant debut. Writing and recording of it were disrupted continuously due to internal feuds and personal issues and you can tell - it doesn't have the same continuity or cohesion that flowed through Up the Bracket. At times this makes this record even more appealing. It starts off in a whirlwind with Can't Stand Me Now - arguably the bands finest song and has plenty of other great tracks on it - What Katie Did, Last Post on the Bugle, Music when the Lights Go Out, all fantastic. Unfortunately it does have a couple of tracks that shouldn't have made the album - most notably Road to Ruin. As it is this record showed a lot of progression from Up the Bracket, and although it didn't have the same punky ferocity, in many places it is a superior record. I reckon if Doherty has stayed coherent while making it then it could have been a classic. Expand
  6. Oct 23, 2011
    7
    It's a good album, but not as good as their debut. It just doesn't seem to have as much energy as their debut and isn't as exciting. I just get the feeling that this album could have been so much better. Expand

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