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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could they be heroes?, 19 May 2003
This review is from: Time For Heroes [CD 1] (Audio CD)
I have to admit that I was not familiar with the Libertines before I heard this track on the Chris Moyles show. It blew me away. I have only recently started listening to bands such as the Strokes, the Libertines, and the Hives, and you could probably say that this was the song that began my interest in modern punk.
It's a little rough round the edges, but still fantastic. An amazingly catchy guitar riff, thrusting vocals and hard-hitting, passionate lyrics, soulful yet cool and cocky.
This is a song without a chorus, but when the verses are this good who needs one?
The British newpunk band to rival the Strokes has arrived.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These stylish kids were meant to live on, 27 Aug 2004
This review is from: Time For Heroes [CD 1] (Audio CD)
The real moment your heart breaks comes two minutes and six seconds into the song. Exiting the solo, drummer Gary Powell hits his snare drum, and Peter Doherty and Carl Barat break into a harmony of such beauty; a beauty not heard since the Beatles wrote 'She Loves You'. On paper it's so simple; 'aaah ah, ah ah, aaah ah ah ah' and yet listening to it leaves you in shock - to use that over-worked cliché, you won't know anything could be this good.
The song tells a tale from darkest Arcadia, where Doherty sings of being 'caught round the houses with your trousers down', and two 'stylish kids in the riot' who nevertheless will make it because they're in a 'class of their own'. A slow builder, casually building pace until it reaches a crescendo with the aforementioned harmonies. However gorgeous the singing is however (it belies charm of a band much further into their career than the Libertines - this was only their second single), the real selling point of song lies in its lyrics. So many times we've heard people berated and heckled for acting like a bit of a faux pas Cockney (Damon Albarn, anyone?), but the Libertines manage to carry it off without ever sounding contrived. It's the wit, the pronunciation, the East End charm that carries the song on its journey. It manages to sound both naive and cocky - the characters in the song are damaged by their surroundings, but will still make it through. Doherty oozes confidence and sarcasm as he sings 'there's fewer more distressing sights than that of an Englishman in a baseball cap' - the America-obsessed rude boys have obviously reached the Albion then.
When commenting on the Libertines, people have often likened them to lots of other bands. Yes, there are overtures of The Clash, The Jam and (lyrically) the wit and charm of The Smiths. But whilst lots of other bands are simply being derivative and copying what has already been done (Hot Hot Heat - The Cure, The Datsuns - AC/DC etc), The Libertines sound like they've taken the old and done something new with it. On the evidence of music like this, what they've created may one day surpass the achievements of their idols.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the libs' best, 21 Mar 2005
This review is from: Time For Heroes [CD 1] (Audio CD)
Time For Heroes is an absolutely classic modern anthem that should be heard by everyone that has ever listened to music. the Libertines are still the best band there is.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Libertines-Time for Heroes, 25 May 2003
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This review is from: Time For Heroes [CD 1] (Audio CD)
The Libertines: Time for Heroes, CD single 1:

The Libertines prove on 'Time for Heroes' that they can marry Beatlesque melodies with the kind of grit that you associate with bands like The Kinks or The Buzzcocks and come out it with an original sounding single. The staccato chords at the end of each chorus give the song a kind of stop-start, jarring feel. The middle eight of the song leading to the solo changes the mood before it goes to the last verse before it ends.
'General Smuts', the first of two B-sides, has a sound reminiscent of a sixties garage band, the distorted voice in the background (could that be General Smuts?) gives the song a psychedelic slant. The song's brooding opening gives way to blast of metallic guitars and cymbals. The intro riff comes back in before a solo chaotic guitar solo
'Bangkok' is, like General Smuts, much faster than the A-side. The subject of the song seems to be that of unrequited love, although the vocals seem to be slightly muffled, but the most intriguing line that can be heard is: "like a sausage up an alley way." (I doubt this is the start of wiener-rock) The rest of the song is like the previous two; in that has a cracking middle eight followed by a furiously fuzzy guitar solo that leads into the last verse which ends with a final splash of cymbals
The only thing that is wrong with these songs, which show the Libertines to be on their best ramshackle-but-tight-with-it selves, is that all three seem to follow the same formula and as companion pieces on the same single may sound too similar to each other. But on the plus side all three songs stand up as strong songs in their own right and considering that the two B-sides are apparently demos they're both pretty good.
I would recommend buying this single because it really is a good, original song and the demos show that The Libertines are capable of writing great, catchy tunes.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TIME FOR BRILLIANCE, 5 July 2003
This review is from: Time For Heroes [CD 1] (Audio CD)
Everyone whos heard it knows that the main track Time for Heroes is one of the best brittish guitar songs since their last one. And the B-sides are not too shabby too. But you simply have to get the album to see just how good this band really are.
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