Sound — 9
To describe the sound of this album is an extremely difficult task. It contains a variety of styles, from indie anthems (Buzzards And Crows, Chinese Dogs) to acoustic ballads (Faultlines, Come Closer). But overall, musically, the album is extremely impressive, and although Carlos Barat is definitely writing more mainstream music compared to ex-Libertines band-mate Peter Doherty, there are still some Libertines-style tracks in there such as Tired Of England which brings memories of Pete and Carl's dream of 'Albion'.
Lyrics — 9
Though Pete was known as the more lyrical of the Libertines partnership, though the vocals on this album are very strong indeed. Some of the best ones are Hippy's Son, about Carlos' childhood with hippy parents (I am a hippy's son, I'm into porn and guns) and Tired Of England, a Libertine-esque song about the great nation of England (How can they be tired of England? They'll never know the England that we know.) All sung by Carl's unique voice, with appearances from Didz and Anthony.
Overall Impression — 9
I think that is one of the strongest albums of the year, which provides further evidence that The Libertines' success was not entirely down to the (controversial) genius which is Peter Doherty. I think this album is an essential part of the music collection of anyone who likes The Libertines, or who enjoy the UK indie scene at the moment.