Up The Bracket - The Libertines
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  • Summary: This debut disc from the hyped London garage band (deemed the UK's version of The Strokes by British music mags) was produced by The Clash's Mick Jones.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    Not since the Clash has a band evoked so precisely the grime and thrill of young London. [#15, p.124]
  2. 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]
  3. The group's innate intelligence and almost shocking ability to forge something new and thrilling out of typical garage-rock influences always shines brightly through the thick Guinness fog.
  4. Emphasizing colorful vocals over the average playing benefits the band enormously.
  5. Up the Bracket is the most overbearing UK rock album to come out since Oasis' Definitely Maybe.
  6. More life-affirming than life-changing, on Up the Bracket the Libertines deliver a stellar set of songs that -- both musically and lyrically -- neatly synthesizes the past 40 years of English rock.
  7. 40
    Seems an innocuous exercise in regurgitation rather than innovation. [Dec 2002, p.131]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. 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
  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. 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 Expand

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