Up The Bracket - The Libertines
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Universal acclaim- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 64
  2. Negative: 2 out of 64

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  1. Dec 20, 2010
    Up The Bracket is very refreshing. I love the sound of this album. Tracks like "Death On The Stairs" and "Horrorshow" really show that this is unlike any other British garage punk album. I recommend it. B
  2. Dec 27, 2010
    I listen to this over and over. Definitely one of the best albums of the 2000's. Being from the States I am definitely disappointed that I didn't find them until after they imploded :(. Thank heaven for Youtube and for their 2010 reunion. The chemistry between Pete and Carl is hard to find and when you combine it with Mick Jones...this beautiful piece of art is what you are left with. Long live the LIBS! Expand
  3. Feb 22, 2012
    One of the best debut records of the 00's. Full of indie punk tunes. Although the only track I dislike here is Radio America, Death on the Stairs and Time for Heroes are the stand out tracks. Lyrically clever and full of great riffs, Mick Jones really captured the essence of this band here. Showed so much potential, it's a pity they only lasted for one record after this and we were lucky to even get that. Expand
  4. Mar 23, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This was the album that made the Libertines legends. And this record just improves with time. It absolutely never gets old. Some of the songs on this album are the best of all time. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Eventually every song will kick in from a slightly different angle, including faux folk and cracked ballad.
  2. Like The Clash before them, The Libertines draw primarily from decades of rock tradition-- blues, dub, a healthy whiff of the English countryside, and a few gorgeous rock riffs straight from the brainstem of Chuck Berry-- and fuse them into an unruly and triumphant monster of an album.
  3. 100
    This is music to play in dark, velvety, womblike bars; this is music to play while buying cigarettes; this is music for well-dressed poor people. [May 2003, p.109]