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  • Audio CD (16 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B001QCJNN6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Broken Love Song 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Grace/Wastelands is the debut solo album from Babyshambles frontman  and ex-Libertine Pete Doherty. Featuring collaborations with Graham Coxon and Dot Allison, Grace/Wastelands is a record full of invention and charm. Strong, poetic lyrics are backed by a blend of unpolished guitar twangs and softer acoustic strums. Includes the single "Last Of The English Roses".

BBC Review

With its diverse range of styles, Grace/Wastelands appears at first to be a slightly disjointed and incoherent album. However, it soon becomes apparent that there is one thing linking all the tracks - an honest and genuine outpouring of Doherty's soul. Whether it's the 60s, jaunty flavour of Arcadie, the darker New Love Grows On Trees or the lazily-paced, jazz-infused Sweet By And By (that could have come straight off a Fats Waller album), Doherty's heartfelt 'poetry' spans them all, providing a universal theme of 'this is the real me'.

The songs are mostly beautifully simple, which is refreshing - Doherty definitely allows his raw passion and musicality to take the lead. Salome is not much more than guitar and a lot of cymbal, but this enhances the eeriness and almost haunting nature of the album. It's in a totally different league to the most recent Babyshambles output, that's for sure: Doherty should certainly stick with the solo - and stay away from the headlines.

The singer has barely graced the tabloid front pages in recent months - and it seems for good reason. He's clearly been holed up in a studio, wallowing in a deep sea of emotion and, with the help of producer Stephen Street and Blur man Graham Coxon (who shines on I Am The Rain), has convincingly transposed those feelings into 12 worthwhile tracks.

Doherty's monotonous voice, never that strong an instrument, can be rather grating after a while, although relief comes on Broken Love Song (co-written by Peter Wolfe), where his voice is lower in the mix. This allows the great melody to shine through, as well as giving the listener a break from the slightly dreary tone! Having said that, the tracks themselves are interesting enough to carry him through and his lyrics, still referring to a mythical lost Albion (on Arcady), bear closer scrutiny. Though his inspiration seems to be heading for Smiths territory, name checking both Oscar Wilde and Quentin Crisp.

It's hard to say whether Grace/Wastelands will garner Doherty a new army of fans, but it absolutely proves his worth as more than just the shambolic, drug-taking ex of Kate Moss. It deserves a chance - even from the most vitriolic of Doherty-haters. --Lizzie Ennever

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Arthur on 31 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I loved Babyshambles and only came across them recently and got all of there releases including Down in Albion,The Blinding E.P, Shotter's Nation. So i wanted to discover more and i came across the Libertines and added both albums to my collection. But i was rather interested in this album after seeing in the credits that Graham Coxon. The guitar genius from Blur(Another of my favorite bands) and Adam Ficek from earlier Babyshambles releases on drums.

So when the album arrived and i listened to the album from start to finish i knew that Pete had taken a whole new direction. Every single song is acoustic guitar based and is rather gentle as well as soul searching. This is Pete recovery and searching for a new beginning.

The single was very strong "Last of the English Roses" but there is more than just this every song especially "1939 Returning" has a beautiful meaning and a meaningful story behind it. I would get it and see for yourself!!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
It would appear that young Mr Doherty has taken a little
time away from his demons (or at the very least, on the
basis of this, his solo debut release, they would appear
to be treating one another a little more kindly of late).

Poetic self-destruction has a long and noble legacy of course.
However,the latter-day rake and tormented romantic
pose was beginning to wear a bit thin.

The blood drawings were certainly never going to be his salvation.
Just fodder for another bad dealer making an opportunistic buck
on the back of his, very public, dissolution.

More show-off than Shelley. More brazen than Baudelaire.

Everyone loves a bad boy nonetheless and those of us who
retained some belief in this young man's abilities have
been rewarded for our patience.

The twelve compositions delivered in this new project do indeed prove,
if proof were needed, that Mr Doherty can indeed write and sing a song.

'Grace / Wastelands' is a very English affair. Willfully so.

Opening track 'Arcady' is, on the surface, a breezy affair but the
worm in the rose is never far away. Pretty perversity.

Single 'Last Of The English Roses' is magnificent.
A series of fragmented memories woven into a
captivating melody and a killer chorus.

The lyrical discourse of '1939 Returning' was a tad confusing
for this old Wolf but will almost certainly be understood immediately
by anyone else listening to it. A moody piece, well performed.

'A Little Death Around The Eyes' is another dark elegy.
The uncertain position of the storyteller in relation to
the subject is morally ambiguous and all the more disturbing
because of this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ZOOTZ on 22 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have always liked Petes stuff, well most of it anyway. This album is by far the best work he has done. Lyrically faultless and very deep and meaningful. If you want acoustic melodies, genius lyrics then trust me this album is a must. It surpassed all my expectations, and gets better everytime i listen to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sabrina on 28 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I love all the songs on this album. It's really rare but I think there's none I don't really appreciate.
I bought it and loved it immediately, after only one listening.
Don't try to find something resembling The Babyshambles or the Libertines in this CD........Doherty by himself is different. it's just perfect.
Can't wait for a new one
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By Paul baccarini on 24 April 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I chose 5 stars because I really enjoyed this Cd,if you like the work peter keeps bringing out I'm sure you won't be disappointed in this.its a little mellow compared to some of his other material,but that is what I really liked about it,perfect for kicking back and chilling out.and I have to say it has been produced really good.id recommend this to anyone into Peter D...Babyshambles,or just some really good acoustic guitar .well done peter another gem added to your growing list of great music.probably one of the last true genuine poets in our time.if anyone considering purchasing this Cd,just get it.you won't regret it.ENJOY.
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By mimi on 26 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the album I longed for Peter to write.
I was not disappointed. There are moments of aching poignancy and heartrending melancholy, yet there is wistfullness and hope here too.
It is simply sublime - I adored the Libertines and will do so forever - but this has a magic all of it's own. Lady Don't Fall Backwards and Sheepskin Tearaway are astonishingly beautiful, timeless & ethereal.
Contained within these songs there is wit, poetry & melody aplenty, but most of all there is charm.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By moody blue on 17 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This record has to be seen in perspective as part of a body of work and a step in the right direction. There's enough flashes of brilliance here to suggest a continuing and developing career...something that is all too rare these days.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jr Teague on 11 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
The best album from Mr Doherty since the libertines were around. A much polished effort than many of his Babyshambles efforts but If you want an album of thrashing punk rock like The Libertines, Babyshambles or Dirty Pretty Things you're not going to get it. This album is full of raw acoustic melodies, reminiscent of French Romanticism yet full of English Patriotism.
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