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. OriI.
    Apr 1, 2008
    I was so disappointed when the Libertines have broken up, but this album definitely makes it a bit easier for me. What can I say.. They "gave me something to die for" once again. Expand
  2. marias
    May 12, 2006
    Amazing! Totally caotic, vulgar, messy, gritty, everything we secretly loved about the Libs. Carl is a great songwritter, it shows that anger and an almost-nervious break down can create beautiful songs that are touching,damaging and sensual. Listen to "gin and milk" Carl is god. Expand
  3. JoeD
    Jul 6, 2006
    The only thing that could have made it any better would have been pete doherty. Near Perfect Album
  4. BenjaminThomasS
    Aug 19, 2006
    So, Mr. Barat heads out of the blocks to come head to head with... er... Babyshambles. Yes, after the debacle that was Down In Albion, it became painfully obvious that Pete needs Carl. But does Carl need Pete? Well, that's really the issue here, isn't it? I can tell you that all the fabulous little squally bits from the Libertines and most of the tunes must have come from Carl, and this record glows with energy and rage. Yes, Peter will always be a genius, and yes, actually, I do miss his lyrics a little bit, but Carl more than adequately fixes the cracks that were anticipated by many in the wake of Doherty's Descent. So what if it's all about Pete (despite Carl's claims to the contrary)? It is what it is, a rocking, spitting, kicking, screaming, ball of punk with none of the slow bits from the Libertines, all of which can be found on the 'Shambles album. It is, quite simply, what we all hoped the Babyshambles album might sound like, and, dear God, I hope that when he hears it Peter realises what he was, and is, a part of, and what this music means to him. Carl has simply gotten down to business, he's kicked the habit, he's not been cavorting with superstars, he's been caressing his guitar strings and listening to the Clash and remembering the time before he lost his best friend and was in (yes, I am about to say it), maybe, the best band of all time (yes, even better than the Beatles, maybe). So here he comes with some really great little tunes, 'Deadwood', 'You Fucking Love It', 'If You Love A Woman', and you know what? I would've been a lot happier with the second Libertines album if it had been a bit more of this and a little bit less slow and ska in places. The ball is in your court, Mr. Doherty, I'll expect your next record in the next two years, and it better be a real corker or I'm just going to give up on you. Expand
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. TylerD
    Aug 15, 2006
    How lame. They got their name from a great film. What a lazy idea.

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