The Libertines - The Libertines

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. One of the most exciting discs in recent memory.
  2. Often seems fragile, offhand, tentative, even enervated. But this isn't a weakness--it only makes their sound more their own.
  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. 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]
  5. 90
    An extraordinary record... It's not, nor is it intended to be, easy listening. [Sep 2004, p.94]
  6. This record... is brimming with character, easily surpassing their debut, its energy level like a battery charge. [Sep 2004, p.108]
  7. 88
    Goddamn if the entire mess doesn't sound great. [#12, p.93]
  8. 91
    A dark, tense record, but one still crackling with life. [Sep 2004, p.114]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. Dec 27, 2010
    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! Full Review »
  2. Mar 23, 2012
    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. Full Review »
  3. Mar 23, 2012
    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. Full Review »