Waterloo To Anywhere - Dirty Pretty Things
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  • Summary: Dave Sardy and Tony Doogan produced this debut LP for the new band from former Libertines member Carl Barat.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Punchy, ragged, and frenetic, Waterloo To Anywhere surges forward, not-so-subtly aping The Strokes, The Clash, and The Ramones as well as delivering that precise buzz that can only be felt by the young, drunk, and excited.
  2. 80
    While the album is a fun first listen, it's in taking that second and third spin of Waterloo to Anywhere that the band's infectious quality becomes a full-fledged epidemic. [Sep 2006, p.142]
  3. Unfortunately his slurry vocals are often mixed too low, and his world-weary bons mots are undermined by jaunty melodies and tempos.... But Mr. Barât packs an electrifying amount of rage and misery into 33 minutes of music.
  4. Waterloo To Anywhere is more pro and muscular than former endeavours, chiming more with labelmates Razorlight’s ambitious professionalism.
  5. The fear was always that Dirty Pretty Things would resemble The Libertines with a vital ingredient missing, and that's surely what's transpired.
  6. There are flashes of inspiration and personal expression all over Waterloo To Anywhere, but too much of the record feels unfinished—and worse, one-note.
  7. Essentially, Dirty Pretty Things sound like a sober and well-rested version of The Libertines… which honestly takes somea little of the fun away. [#15]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Nov 24, 2011
    To start off, Carl Barats Libertines follow up is a much better affair than Pete Doherty's Down in Albion. There are a few reasons for this. Carl being in a much more coherent state of mind during this period being a major one, the production of Dave Sardy vs Mick Jones being the other. While only a few of the songs match the vitality of the Libertines, most of the songs are quite good punky brit pop numbers. Good tunes and good production all the way through. The opener Deadwood is a classic Indie Disco number. From there Bang Bang, Gin and Milk and You **** Love it are the high points with averagely good tunes filling in the time between. Expand
  2. Apr 7, 2011
    This isn't no Libertines, but Dirty Pretty Things have some punch to them. Waterloo To Anywhere is a good punk album that's catchy and rough. It's not the best album, but it's a decent album to listen too if you're in the punk kind of mood. B- Expand

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