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 DohertyWhile 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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  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.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. miked
    Jan 11, 2006
    10
    fantastic. the best album ever. FACT
  3. AndrewT
    Sep 17, 2004
    10
    A great album in that there is a direct relationship with the moment of experience. Pure energy, loosely defined and exhilerating because of. A great album in that there is a direct relationship with the moment of experience. Pure energy, loosely defined and exhilerating because of. If you want your music well defined and exact, this is not the album for you, but if you yearn for the great albums of the early punk era, if you yearn for the revolutiuon of the spirit, then this is it. Makes the Strokes sound boring! Expand
  4. maxwellw
    Apr 10, 2006
    10
    this is a fucking fantastic album, imperfect and raw. The libertines paints a scruffy, beautifal picture of pete doherty's and carl this is a fucking fantastic album, imperfect and raw. The libertines paints a scruffy, beautifal picture of pete doherty's and carl barat's crumbling relationship. and i can't stand the wankers who ignorantly dismiss this because its not as tediously polished as most tripe that reaches radio stations, if you own a brain cell, then this must be purchased. Alternative Press are also twats. Expand
  5. ShabarO
    Oct 18, 2004
    9
    a little bit like going for a nice swim in the ocean and being smahed by a tidal wave. absolutely refreshing. truth, honesty and respect what a little bit like going for a nice swim in the ocean and being smahed by a tidal wave. absolutely refreshing. truth, honesty and respect what else to expect from a good record. Oh yes, they have their problem dealing with their life, but that is rock.n.roll. so much better than the first one Expand
  6. PStirups
    May 3, 2006
    8
    Song are good. Everything about it is good, but it isn't a rough and fun as the orignal Libertines album.
  7. jimbob
    Nov 26, 2005
    0
    Shit

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