Sunday, June 27, 2004

The First Review Emerges

HMV has a review of the new album:

The mythology was starting to overshadow the music with tales of drug addiction, punch-ups, imprisonment and therapy all adding up to make The Libertines the most talked about band in Britain. Thank god then, that their second album, cleverly titled 'The Libertines' has been finished. Many thought it would never happen but Pete, Carl, John and Gary have managed to put their problems behind them long enough to create an album that is destined to be album of the year, if not the decade. Produced, as with debut album 'Up The Bracket', by Clash legend Mick Jones and engineered by Bill Price (who worked on "London Calling"), "The Libertines" is as ramshackle and effortless as you'd expect, spitting out killer tunes, insistent hooks and mouth-watering melodies at every turn...

"The Libertines" is a deeply personal record that, hopefully, will go some way to exorcise the demons that have haunted the band over the past year. Rammed full of instantly memorable tunes, it consolidates their position at the peak of British indie. Whilst pretenders to the crown like The Ordinary Boys and Razorlight have managed to produce some truly classy first records only The Libertines are capable of the sort of creativity on show here. With this album The Libs can now take their place alongside The Clash, The Who, The Jam, Oasis and The Kinks as part of the elite group of bands that can lay claim to the term 'genius'. In short, 'The Libertines' is a terrifyingly good record.

In other news, promo copies have already been released to the press, so it's probably only a matter of time before the album emerges on the net. Stay tuned to for a complete review!