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Down in Albion

Babyshambles Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Nov 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B0009X1UKW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen11. What Katy Did Next 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Albion 5:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Following a triumphant and eventful UK tour, Rough Trade are proud to announce the release of the most anticipated album of the year: Babyshambles’ debut, Down In Albion. It includes the band’s Top Five hit, "Fuck Forever" and a new recording of their first Top Ten single, "Killamangiro". Babyshambles’ songs have become anthems, including the new single "Albion". The sixteen-track album was produced by Mick Jones and mixed by Mick Jones and Bill Price (worked on London’s Calling and with Guns 'n' Roses).

BBC Review

Down In Albion is a mess. Stylistically, it tries to cover all bases, from spiky indie rock to reggae, with a touch of acoustic balladry and even rap (the bizarre "Pentonville"). Furthermore, Pete Doherty's vocals are often little more than an incoherent mumble, and the album is at least four songs too long. On paper it's a terrible record. The thing is, it isn't terrible at all. It's superb.

Despite the chaos somehow everything falls into place. Patrick Walden's twitchy guitar work compliments Doherty's yelps, and both are kept in check by solid bass playing and drumming. "Albion" is beautiful, "The 32nd Of December" is the (im)perfect pop song, and opener "La Belle et La Bette" features Kate Moss vocals and still sounds great.

Maybe imperfection's not such a bad thing, after all... --Matt Fernand

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A muddled triumph 14 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
Having read all the negative reviews about 'Down In Albion' I decided with some trepidation to give the Babyshambles album a go anyway. I had really enjoyed their singles Killamangiro and ---- Forever and thought 'what the hell!'
Well i'm glad to report back that the album is no where near the disaster that other reviewers have suggested, in fact its a little gem and with a little tweaking it could have been a classic. By this I mean a couple of songs could have been shaved off such as Pentonville to give the album a bit more momentum and focus. Whilst the single versions of Killamangiro and ---- Forever should have been retained. That said Pete Doherty's talent is plain to see, the guy can write songs and there's a lot of strong tracks on here; The 32 Of December, Pipedown, Albion and Loyalty Song just some of them.
All in all this album has really grown on me, it is messy and raw but that's a refreshing change from a lot of over produced music thats around. There are lots of moments of inspiration that warrant this being part of your album collection.
One can only hope Doherty cleans himself up and manages to reach his full potentional as a brilliant musician.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not The Shambles You Were Led To Believe 15 Jan 2006
By Chris C
Format:Audio CD
Every once in a while over the past few decades has come a rock star that's clearly talented but yet has a kamikaze lifestyle that seems to be more intriguing than the average band going out there. Example being Sid Vicious, Johnny Thunders and Keith Moon led lifestyles that whilst weren't inspirational, they changed the picture of music forever and became icons in their own rights.

Although it may be wrong to put Pete Doherty in the same context as these `punk' legends, there's a feeling his lifestyle will soon become one of legendary status. The press coverage over the past years has certainly thrown his personal life into turmoil and what makes it a shame is the fact as a musician he's amazingly skilled, but yet cause of his personal issues, he's looked at people as nothing more than a drug addict.

Babyshambles' debut album `Down in Albion', was released this time last year to extremely criticising reviews from many music publications, claiming it to be the nail on Doherty's own personal coffin, but those who actually attempt to listen to this album will notice a genius is at work here.

Grittier and heavier than The Libertines, `Down in Albion' is sixteen tracks of heavy riffs, acoustic ballads, sing-a-long tunes and great poetic work. Produced by Mick Jones, the Clash's guitarist creates this sound that feels unedited and more genuine than most albums that were released that year. Lead single Killamangiro hinted at the old Libertines sound, and the follow-up F*ck Forever became one of the nation's biggest songs reaching the top 5.

Everything from the `scrapbook' lyric booklet, the shoddy front and back covers gives the impression of a band not looking for mass attention but just wanting to create some good songs and good songs they do create.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a grower 5 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
I first listened to this album on nme.com and thought it was alright but i decided to buy it and give it a go and im glad i did because it is very good, even pentonville which at first couldn't stand, seems to work well and it shows the diversity of the legend that is super pete. Anyway the first 13 songs are really good but the last 3 arent that good but are still very listenable, give it a go and prove everyone that thinks pete doherty is a useless junkie wrong, he's a genius and one of them doesn't come along often, he should be embraced.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kinsale revisited 13 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
Many years ago, I spent my summers in a place called Kinsale in Co. Cork. In those days we had a record player and a small bunch of records which we played until the stylus ploughed its way through to the other side. Bob Dylan, The Kinks, The Beatles, James Taylor, The Peddlers The Stones and sundry others.
"If music be the food of love, play on!", said the Bard. Well, all that (Kinsale stuff) happened to me when I was younger than the youngest member of Babyshambles. I heard the Album in Tenerife (I live there now because Kinsale is too bloody expensive and my youth is too difficult to get hold of and Drew's brother presented me with a copy). That bunch (Babyshambles) are good. They are bloody good. Why? Because they have dragged my past into the present with a mixture of the stuff I love from 30 odd years ago, wrapped up in a modern-day package. "Steeped in tradition" (La Belle et la Bete) is about gin? Lovely! Tradition, surely, includes Batman and all that went with "Dinner, Dinner, Dinner, Dinner".
I reckon the guys are playing with us.
Who can say that "The 32nd of December" is not a serious reminder of "Pretty Flamingo"? (Remember Personfred Personn?)
The "Pentonville" thing is out of context, but is magic. A lot better than the infamous "Revolution No. 9" on a rather well known double album from when I was young.
I am getting old now. I am not capable of crowd surfing and all that stuff. But I do remember my halcyon days, when Jagger and Burdon were the "Bad Boys" and Rock stars were permanently on the brink of popping their clogs. Down In Albion brings it all back, albeit in a shambolic sort of way. Jesus, just listen.
The trick is to listen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Positive buying experience would recommend
Published 5 days ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album by Babyshambles
Published 1 month ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Marc Vezina
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff ...
Recent convert to these guys - refreshingly debauched yet still somehow positive. I'll continue to watch out for PD and his cohorts.
Published 5 months ago by Shirk Ramcard
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Pete Docherty is obviously a very passionate song writer. Really great CD. Ideal for Indie music fans. A couple of songs not to my taste.
Published 14 months ago by Kerry Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I am an Amazon fan and a faithful client. I do want to leave positive reviews when they are deserved but I don't have enough fantasy to invent a new review every time. Read more
Published 15 months ago by DejanD
5.0 out of 5 stars Up The Albion
Brilliant album, interesting, uplifting, humorous and musically superb. Pete Doherty's ability to write great songs lyrically and musically so consistently, appears effortless, the... Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Shambolic, passionate, amazing!
I was for some reason put of buying this album because of all the negative reviews i read on it. However due to being an avid 'libertines' and "Babyshambles" fan i decided to buy... Read more
Published on 22 May 2008 by H. Rudd
5.0 out of 5 stars Why haven't you brought this album?
Firstly, this album is in all manner of ways better then `Shotter's Nation' - Doherty's lyrics are simply sublime, more akin to poetry. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2008 by Tom
1.0 out of 5 stars drug addled ****wit makes crap album and the NME love it, shocker.
Oh dear, Pete D is a waster who doesn't deserve the attention he gets. For some bizarre reason he has won an NME award for hero of 08. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2008 by genejoke
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