This five-song 2006 follow-up EP to the band’s sporadically brilliant debut album Down In Albion shows Doherty’s band in consistent form – clearer and crisper sound (though I’m not sure that’s the point for a Doherty band) and retaining a healthy level of diversity (much like the predecessor album). At the more 'conventional’ ('Libertines-like’) end of the musical spectrum are the title track opener, the most violent assault on the senses here, powerful riff and tight rhythm, whilst likewise, Beg, Steal Or Borrow gives us one of those unmistakeable opening Doherty guitar melodies (not quite in the league of the recent Nothing Comes To Nothing, but hey) – with a trademark bum note intro, plus a fantastically anarchic harmonica solo.
Elsewhere, Doherty mixes up the rhythm (as he has done quite successfully before on songs such as the recent reggae-inspired Dr No), trying his hand this time at ska on the lively and (mostly) infectious I Wish. Then, although the songs here are lyrically relatively uninteresting by Doherty standards, the man conjures up a nicely ironic take on the 'teen romance magazine’ generation in Love You But You’re Green ('I was a troubled teen who put an advert in a magazine to the annoyance of my imaginary lover’) to a nicely subtle background melody and some floating, idiosyncratic vocals, whilst the closing Sedative also provides a somewhat fresh take on the man’s infamy in a plea for remission in the form of the outdoors and the 'morning sun’, all to another infectious melody.
In the wake of last year’s stonking Sequel To The Prequel, The Blinding is another Babyshambles collection worth revisiting.