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  • Audio CD (4 Nov 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Spunk
  • ASIN: B00007G73D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Up the Bracket

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gonzo Blair on 29 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a very good album that proves that erudite rock and roll is still alive. Anyone who likes banal, commercial clap-trap like Linkin Park, Limp Biskit should avoid this album like the plague. You would not understand its beauty,its lyrical charm.
Half the album is instantly catchy, for example, the singalong swagger of Boys in The Band and the rugged punk of I Get Along. Other tracks like Radio America and Vertigo sound, when first listened to, like they were written 5 minutes before they were recorded. They are not instantly catchy, Radio America sounds like it's going to fall apart at any moment. But it is the spontaneity of the music that makes the album a masterpiece.
It is evident from the album that the Libertines play music for enjoyment, not for money or a transient dose of fame, their raw sound being very unlike much of the over produced, sickeningly sweet music that captivates most of the British Youth today. The lyrics are paeans to a lost age, to the England of Oscar Wilde and Thomas Hardy. The Libertines tell it like it is!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Leafe van Cleef on 21 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
As a hardened music fan with over 25 years listening to, nay devouring music, I'd recently found myself becoming cynical to what was being pushed at me, rarely finding anything to set my pulse racing and near enough never finding anything to excite me to the levels that existed in my younger years. That was until Up The Bracket landed on my mat courtesy of Amazon. I put it on the CD player and 2 weeks later it hasn't been removed, despite having a number of other albums bought around the same time (including The Strokes, Travis and Starsailor's latest) demanding my attention.
I can honestly say I haven't been as in love with an album like this since The Stone Rose's released their debut. Outstanding in every way it grows better and better with every listen (and there's been quite a few of those so far). It's impossible to nominate outstanding tracks as they are are all outstanding and my favourite changes daily.
The Libertines combine the current New York cool of The Strokes with the old UK punk cool of the Clash, whilst chucking in a smattering of The Jam and The Buzzcocks and an understanding of English Folk (yes FOLK). The lyrics are oh so British which just adds to the appeal; intelligent, witty and so to the point. Instant identification. Things just don't get much better!
I hope the band get over their much publicised problems and record again because if they don't it will be a criminal waste of talent. And for all you undecided out there, if you like the current New York scene or have a soft spot for the punk/new wave scene of the late70's/early80's, or if you just like intelligently written pop/rock, do yourselves a favour and buy this album. I promise you, you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
This band has had everything in 2003, from their lead singer being banged behind bars, with an emotional comeback, to producing some of the best truly British rock/punk music for years.
The best songs for me are Death on the Stairs, Boys in the Band, Up the Bracket and What a Waster, but there isn't a single bad song on the album. Don't ask me to pick out a single song to go as my favourite, because it's impossible. They are all too good.
It's a rarity that any band will produce an album in which you can agree with every single song, but this is certainly something you can listen to all the way through without being disappointed, other than the fact that the album ends somewhat quicker than anyone would ever wish.
Pete and Carl have to be one of the great frontmen pairings of the current indie/rock/punk scene. Their guitar and singing techniques are like none other from any of the current selection of bands, only Eastern Lane come anywhere close but they still lack in many areas.
Overall, it is simply impossible to sell this album to any budding buyers properly without saying just have a listen, you need to hear it to believe it basically.
Oh, and the intro to "Up The Bracket" is the best intro to any song ever in my view!!
The Libertines rule, forever...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean Mahone on 10 Mar 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is simply one of the best debut albums of the last decade. Following The Strokes in America The Libertines helped to make guitars cool again this side of the Atlantic for the first time since the demise of Britpop.

Since this amazing album much of Pete Doherty's actual music has been obscured by tabloid tales of crack abuse and his relationship with supermodel Kate Moss. So it is important to remember this is the reason that anybody cared in the first place, establishing Doherty as one of the most talented songwriters of his generation. It is the chemistry between the two frontmen however that really made The Libertines so special to their fans. The relationship between Doherty and singer/guitarist Carl Barat which teeters between love and hate, respect and jealousy is what gives the album its energy. As has been well documented this competitiveness coupled with Doherty's excesses would later tear the band apart but here it works perfectly.

'Time for Heroes' is a brilliant tune with poetic lyrics by Doherty while 'Up The Bracket' is another belter. Carl tends to rock a little harder opening the album with 'Vertigo' and finishing it with the fantastic 'I Get Along'. Their sound recalls British punk bands like The Jam and The Buzzcocks while at the same time combining the lyricism of The Smiths.

While the second Libertines album has its charms this is the album i would recommend to anyone thinking of giving the band a listen. While Pete and Carl may not have matched the magic of this debut with their individual projects they succeeded in giving British rock its confidence back and in the process inspiring a new wave of British bands. To any modern music fan i would urge them not to judge Doherty by what they read in the paper but to go and check out this great album first, then make up your minds.
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