The Libertines - The Libertines
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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 80
  2. Negative: 3 out of 80

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  1. 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 - arguablyIt 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
  2. 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+
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. The results are as ebullient as they are confessional.
  2. Some of these songs are excellent, in an unfinished but inspired way. But many of the album's tracks evidence a band that's bursting at the seams with talent, only to stumble on unfocused, scattershot song-writing.
  3. Often seems fragile, offhand, tentative, even enervated. But this isn't a weakness--it only makes their sound more their own.