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. DavidB
    Jul 21, 2004
    One of the Best debut albums from any band ever. This is modern day Clash and a must buy for everyone.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jan 5, 2004
    Listened to it time and time and time again, and still love it. Ignore what any naysayers might say - if you like good, two-fingers (or one - I'm English) -up-to-the-world music that makes you want to scream every song at the top of your voice on top of a high building (or is that just me?) then buy this album. I class a good album by the number of tracks i want to skip, and there are none on this one. I could listen to each one twice or even thrice in a row. The English might not be able to land a mars probe as well as Americans, but we can still make damn fine music. Expand
  3. Swedishguy
    Feb 18, 2005
    As good as every single night for, I don't know how long, I've been telling myself to get those earphones off of my head and go to sleep or something instead of listening to "Up The Bracket". But this album keeps convincing me it's one of the best ones ever released. The tunes! The energy! The way it swings you out of it all! Pure love. Expand
  4. NiallB
    May 27, 2006
    4 years after it was released and i still listen to this masterpiece everyday. it is quite simply the greatest album ever made. Every song is a classic. They are an amazng band who have totally changed my life and inspired me to pick up a guitar. up the albion! Expand
  5. erinca
    Oct 18, 2008
    For me this insane cd is the best album of 2000's. since 2005 I haven't had a single consecutive 3 days period that I haven't listened to that. Subtle, life changing opportunity. Expand
  6. 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
  7. AlexN
    May 20, 2004
    This cd falls short of listenable. It is sickeningly awful.

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