Sound — 9
Since the Libertines last show in december 2004 the 4 members have gone their seperate ways. The acclaimed pete doherty has ditched the guitar and formed Babyshambles, John Hassel with Yeti. Gary Powel and Carl Barat however have recently been busy on polishing thier new band 'Dirty Pretty Things'. Carl's cliche sound is very much imprinted into this band. For me, it sounds like libertines songs such as tomblands and campaign of hate. Dirty Pretty Things have a more meaty sound than Libertines without the more delicate riffs and lyrics put forward my his co-frontman Pete. Enough about the Libertines then. The guitar work is creative and has an original sound to it, Anthony, a truelly unique guitarist with a matching personality and personna brings an edge to the songs.
Lyrics — 8
Carl has proved to everyone that Pete was the only member of the Libertines with the ability to write a meaningful song. Aldoubt the lyrics are simple in parts. Such as 'You F--king Love It' these are made up for by the energetic guitaring that accompanies them. Simple lyrics such as "I really like you, but I'm nothing like you" echo sincerity and are easily related to for the listener. The only criticism I have of the lyrics as they dont touch me the way that others do, however they fit the sound very neatly and carl, although not a musically great singer, sings with real intent and is perfect for the style he portrays.
Overall Impression — 9
The overall impression was very good, it could of been improved in some senses but it's not all about perfection in music, its about creativity, and this album oozes it. My personnel favourite songs are the two I've tabbed out on this website, Deadwood and Gin & Milk, however after listening to them on repeat whilst putting music to paper this favouritism wore off. Unlike most albums I enjoy listening to every song on it and each has a varied sound which shows versatility and is a good trate to have. I really rate this album, and although I have the promo version I will be buying the real one on release. Only one or two albums spring to mind which I would rather listen to, one being either Cribs album and the others being either Libertines.