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  • Audio CD (8 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000EQHVHA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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His former Libertines bandmate may grab all the headlines, but Carl Barat's Dirty Pretty Things seem to have grabbed all of the tunes on Waterloo To Anywhere. Like The Jam, The Clash and even The Kinks, the Dirty Pretty Things have an innate ability to take their basic guitar-bass-drums setup and make them sound unmistakeably English. Of course, frontman Barat's laconic London accent helps, but it's more than that. The music, with it's mixture of punk rock and ska, owes a large debt to the aforementioned Clash--and, like them, the Dirty Pretty Things also know how to write a catchy tune, as anyone who's heard the single "Bang Bang You're Dead" will attest. Moreover, the lyrics are as reflective of contemporary Britain as anything by The Streets (particularly "You F*cking Love It"). Best of all, like the best punk albums, Waterloo to Anywhere is short, sharp and possessed of a tangible urgency--the album's 12 songs clock in at just about 36 minutes. Considering the shambles that Barat's former colleague Pete Doherty has become, it's particularly encouraging to hear something as good as Dirty Pretty Things rise from the ashes of the Libertines. --Ted Kord

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Carl Barat wastes no time in admonishing the ghosts of his past on Waterloo To Anywhere. On rampant opener "Deadwood" he scolds: "You got the world, boy / This all you make it? / You had the choice, lad / You wouldn't take it". But if you get caught up digging for allusions to Pete Doherty, a fine debut album will pass you by.

"Bang Bang You're Dead" is a killer track - as good a single as the Libertines ever produced - while the band pack so much vitriol into the Hives-esque "You F***ing Love It", you can actually feel their pain as it ends.

In stark contrast to the sense of impending collapse surrounding Babyshambles' debut Down In Albion, Waterloo... sounds remarkably tight. The jangling guitars and Dave Sardy's production provide a real sense of urgency.

After the Libs split most believed Babyshambles would be blunt without Carl's axe, that DPT would be lost without Pete's lyricism and that neither could spawn another Up The Bracket. In hindsight, this is only two thirds correct. This album might not reach the heights of the Libertines debut but it's proof that Mr. Barat is getting along just fine, thank you very much. --Richard Banks

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Neville Wood on 2 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Well frankly this album to me is a pure joy and every song on it is genius. Unlike other albums that have at least 1 bad song The boys in dirty pretty things have got this one spot on and I have never been so happy to part with my money to buy this amazing first album of theirs, and I can only see them carry on as they started and gain the recognition as 1 of the best Indi-Rock bands in the world. The album is easily worth the money and u will not regret buying it and listen to it time and time again and u will never get boarded of it. With songs such as Gentry Cove, Deadwood and bang bang your dead, It is truly 5*.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Tobin on 9 May 2006
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So Carl Barat, so often regarded the "water carrier" of the Libertines, before Pete Doherty disintegrated in a vapour of negative publicity and an ubiquitous ever present rock chick girlfriend, returns. And what a comeback this is. Whilst Barat laid low for 18 months, Doherty sadly became a parody of himself and his credibility is now surely extinguished for good.

In that time, indie has become hyperbolic rather than meaningful music. And the NME has thrust upon us week after week the "next big thing", and for the most part these new bands are more wooden than a solid oak chair. The world NEEDS Barat back right now to save us from the mediocre, heard it all before retro rubbish that has somehow found an attentive audience. Waterloo To Anywhere is the most cathartic set of songs someone could write. From the roar of Deadwood, to the lament of moronic hangers on in Blood Thirsty Bastards, the riposte to a lazy and callow society in Gin and Milk, and what must be a serious contender to anthem of the decade, You Fxxking Love It, this album is what all of these conveyor belt indie bands should aspire to. Nice to see some REAL passion and fire from a band for once.

The speed and fury of the album goes over your head the first or second time you hear it, so it takes a little time to appreciate the quality of the music. But there is not one filler track on this album. Funny how you wait so long for a really good album that will last long beyond the initial "sell out every UK venue and a top 5" hype that greets nearly every trumped release, and two come out on the same day (the other being the soon to be classic Stadium Arcadium).

Hardly even worth reviewing this record as the world and its dog will listen to this, but this is just a brilliant record. Libertines Mark II - who cares? Welcome back, Carl and Gary.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Keri Day on 3 Oct. 2006
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This album is just brilliant, there isn't a bad tune on it. It has real urgency and energy, but there is also lyrical talent in evidence that reaches near poetical standards. Love Carlos, he's the real star and I think some of Dirty Pretty Things work is actually better than The Libertines, definately far exceeds anything by Babyshambles!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. porter on 2 May 2006
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Since the infamous day the Libertines called it a day and played their last gig in Paris, it has left a massive hole in the British music industry. Boy bands have filled this with Topman images such as the Kooks and the post Libertines hangover was not going away. However the theory goes that the best cure for a hangover is a bit to have some more of what caused it in the first place. DPT is the cure. 'Waterloo to Anywhere' will never be as good as the Libertines. But it see's Carl step up and prove all those people who hailed Pete as the real genius behind the Libs wrong. The clear stands out tracks on the album are the powerful Bang Bang Your Dead, Gin and Milk and The Enemy. You fucking love it storms in at under 2 minutes, If you love a women and Burma both how early punk influnce. ' Wondering' is the gem in album however, with wonderful guitaring and lyrics.The break down of this relationship with Pete is also evident on 'Blood thirsty Bastards' and 'Doctors and Dealers'. What you cannot ignore however is the trademark sound of Carl's guitar style, so evident on both Libertines albums. You can't help but wonder what the songs would have been with lyrical input from Pete.

Waterloo to Anywhere offers sex, drugs and rock'n roll the way it should be, raw, powerful and emotional and honestly makes Down in Albion sound like a demo from a pub band.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Tansey on 9 Aug. 2006
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Like the album in question, this review shall be short, sharp and straight to the point...

This record is brilliant! The guitars are brash, the bass is rumbling, the drums are tight, Carl's baritone Lahn-dan drawl is suitably edgy and passionate and the whole thing hurtles through the Underground from Waterloo to anywhere with exhuberant punk rock energy and great conviction. The songwriting is confident and ridiculously catchy as at 36 minutes, there is no room for filler. This is an album that makes you smile, that makes you glad to be alive and when it comes to indie rock and modern guitar music in general, this is some of the best around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Rich-swift on 11 Oct. 2007
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This album is simply perfect. When I first heard it I was underwhelmed, there did not seem to be any real stand out tracks and I had difficulty hearing the melody. However after a few plays the beauty of this album revealed itself. It is rare to hear an album where every track is perfectly formed, no fillers or lazy lyrics just snappy little numbers that you can in no way fault. I can't wait to see what Carl does on the next album, if it is half as good as this I will love it.
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