The Libertines - The Libertines (Vinyl)

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The Libertines is the second album by English indie rock band The Libertines. Released on 30 August 2004, it is particularly biographical of the relationship between frontmen Carl Barât and Pete Doherty. The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2006, NME placed the album 47 in a list of the greatest British albums ever. In 2013, NME ranked the album at number 99 in its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. On the other hand, The Libertines was voted the third-most overrated album ever made in a 2005 BBC public poll. The Libertines, like its 2002 predecessor, Up the Bracket, was re-released with a bonus DVD on 22 November 2004. The DVD, entitled Boys in the Band, is a collection of live shows, band interviews, and the "Can't Stand Me Now" promotional video. The song "Arbeit Macht Frei" featured in the 2006 film Children of Men.

It was always going to be difficult to follow up to their brilliant debut. Writing and recording of it were disrupted continuously due to internal feuds and personal issues and you can tell - it doesn't have the same continuity or cohesion that flowed through Up the Bracket. At times this makes this record even more appealing. It starts off in a whirlwind with Can't Stand Me Now - arguably the bands finest song and has plenty of other great tracks on it - What Katie Did, Last Post on the Bugle, Music when the Lights Go Out, all fantastic. Unfortunately it does have a couple of tracks that shouldn't have made the album - most notably Road to Ruin. As it is this record showed a lot of progression from Up the Bracket, and although it didn't have the same punky ferocity, in many places it is a superior record. I reckon if Doherty has stayed coherent while making it then it could have been a classic.

By: The RealRicko

A1 Can't Stand Me Now
A2 Last Post On The Bugle
A3 Don't Be Shy
A4 The Man Who Would Be King
A5 Music When The Lights Go Out
A6 Narcissist
A7 The Ha Ha Wall
B1 Arbeit Macht Frei
B2 Campaign Of Hate
B3 What Katie Did
B4 Tomblands
B5 The Saga
B6 Road To Ruin
B7 What Became Of The Likely Lads
B8 Untitled

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