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5.0 out of 5 stars
Sweet Memories, 12 Feb. 2005
Two years on and a chance to look back, and hopefully to get anyone who reads this to buy what is looking to be an album that will transcend all time, and space.
What a shame about the state of the band now. Split up, all with their different groups, Pete practically dead, and The Libertines ground to a halt. When I listen to this (and the excellent second album) it makes me cry to think of the lost potential. These guys are good. Really good. Astonishingly good. Its a fact, not just a rumour. What a waste.
Simpy a superb album. It has everything - catchy melodys that you can dance to, memorable lyrics, charismatic frontmen with charm and wit, and the obligatory dark rock and roll ledgends.
The Libertines are often assosiated with The Clash and The Sex Pistols; what a lot of people don't realise is their biggest influence is The Beatles. Its one of the reasons why they're so good! Listen with an open mind and you can hear the parallels in melody and song structure betwen the London foursome and the Liverpool superstars. Pete and Carl are the new John and Paul, and they are the only artists to have inspired the same levels of hysteria since the 60s.
My favourite tracks are Death On The Stairs and up The Bracket, but honestly every song is astounding. You can dance to it, sing to it, riot to it, make love to it... I was at a Razoright gig in Manchester when the Libs were played over the loudspeaker before the band came on. I can safely say that nothing Razorlight played got as loud a cheer as The Boy Looked At Johnny did.
I have fallen in love with The Libertines. I only pray to God they get back together.