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The Blinding EP [Explicit]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2006
BLINDING: great catchy tune with some interesting lyrics and gritty guitar. (one of my favorites)

LOVE YOU BUT YOUR GREEN: This ones been knocking about as an acoustic number since the early days of the libertines. I think pete has done it justice with babyshambles.

I WISH: DIffiatly the best best track on the EP, instantly catchy and enjoyable to listen to. cheers me up, even though some of the lyrics are very dark. "i wish to god i'd just been stabbed"

BEG,STEAL AND BORROW: Heard this one on johnathan ross a while ago. i actually think the acoustic version is slightly better, but still a nice little tune.

SEDATIVE: Uplifting chorus,although pete lyrics are slurred and almost uncomprihenible it sort of adds substance to the track.

All in all a great EP by babyshambles. Best thing Pete has done as of recent, think hes trying to show the world hes not just a junkie waste of space and can actually produce sparks of genious when he wants to. I was slightly dissappointed by Albion but this EP has really made me fall in love with his music all over again. Even Started putting on old libertines records!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2006
I have been very lucky to hear the roughcut of sedative and all the rest finalised and I have to say, although I have always rated Peter, this is truly the best thing they've done in their career as babyshambles. Sedative is a raw, angry song about betrayal, and really shows the rage he feels due to certain people's actions. 'I love you..' has always been a fave of mine, and beg steal or borrow just highlights how important this boy is, regardless of anything he does to himself. It is a soft, gentle, sorrowful, yet hopeful tune aired on johnathan ross recently, and provokes tears of joy, i swear! 'I wish' is a total departure and shows the lads ska influences- it has sad lyrics yet is balanced with an upbeat sing-a-long style. Babyshambles have come into their own!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 June 2014
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.
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on 18 November 2010
It is an EP so of course it will only have a few tracks but it kicks off with the title track. The Blinding - It is one of there best honestly what a way to kick off a small batch of songs. The creative input impresses me and a lot of time has been spent on these songs each individually calf's up it's own little magic. Pete is honestly on top form on this EP. But as the title track is defiantly one of my favorite songs honestly that song is worth it alone. I Love but your Green is a mellow song which really warms up the soul on a cold winters day the passion radiates from it. I wish is my favorite track at the moment full blast in the morning gets me ready for the day. Yet again the 3rd track in out of the 5 and you are honestly thinking can it get any better. This more of a reggae theme track but it don't stop Baby shambles doing what they do best. Write songs that stick in the mind all day and all the time. Beg,Steal or Borrow is a nice little number which if on a full 12 track album would be easily recognized as standout. A lot of effort has been put in by the boys honestly deserves a lot more credit than it's getting. Now for the final track which is many ways is most important as it leaves the final impressions for many people. And what an end to a EP honestly no other song could end such a amazing well thought out and creative bunch of songs this is in my top 10 of my best albums of all time honestly a classic in my eyes and should be for many years. The best EP I own and that's the truth and the beats my favorite bands EP it is that good. You are paying for standout tracks only so go and get a classic that you will rave on about for weeks.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2007
How good is this EP? Blinding.
The Blinding song is absolutely a raw mess, but under control. Also, the last track Sedative is a monster of a tune, devouring me and my whole family, but i broke free and listened to the EP again and again.
This Ep is a little peice of music gem for all Babyshambles, even Libertine fans too. It shows beyond a doubt that Doherty has gotten himself together and it firing on all creative cylinders.
He put thepipe down, and got that right sound. Ahmen, brother.
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on 19 February 2015
Possibly their finest moment. First time i heard these tunes on Youtube i thought, 'meh', but on repeated playing they are all absolutely first class. Recorded after 'Down in Albion' and before 'Shotters Nation' i believe, this ep must have come as quite a shock to those who had written Pete off. As good as anything on Shotters Nation then, and showcasing the influence of The Smiths & late 80's Shoegazing indie i would say, oh and a bit of ska.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2006
Good effort from Babyshambles, The Blinding and I Wish particularly good to listen to, and I like the way they have slowed down I Love You But You're Green - which I thought was a mistake at first but it grows on you part way through the song after the initial supprise.

Beg Steal or Borrow is great, although I prefer the accoustic version and that is well worth downloading if you like the studio version.

Sedative... jurys out on that one for the time being for me, seemed to drag the tone down a bit ad maybe would have been a better album filler rather than for a selective EP.

Just my early opinions though, and Pete will have his usual die hard fans and the people who want to see him fail. If you are one of the latter block the tabloids out and listen to the music, don't let journo's influence you... if you still dislike his music after that fair enough - at least it'd be for the right reason.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2007
It's symbolic of Pete Doherty's entire career that the title track of this EP should be interpreted by anyone who's ever reviewed it as being about the blinding glare of paparazzi bulbs. Hasn't anyone else noticed how Doherty (very obviously) pronounces 'it's so blinding' so you can hear 'it's sublime'? If you've ever read even a little bit, you'll know that the Romantic poets coined the term 'The sublime'. Put very simply, the sublime refers to something so exquisite and so terrible that it hurts to look at it, or experience it.The ultimate sublimity is 'the blinding'. And as Doherty writes 'it's the last thing that you'll ever see.' Kant wrote "Bedazzlement begins when perception crosses its tolerable maximum." This is about knowing how far you can go. Which is good news for all Babyshambles fans and bad news for the doom-monkeying tabloid journalists.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2009
It is said that The Blinding EP remains Babyshambles best work to date, and there is more than adequate justification for that viewpoint? Undoubtedly it demonstrates gifted song writing together with performances of the originality and energy that has become an extreme rarity in recent times.

The EP contains 5 tracks each different from the others, beautifully under produced and hinting at a sound that could evolve into a powerful yet unselfconscious voice. If this happens it could lift the band far above the bland and pretentious mediocrity that we get served up from so many of the current 'voices of the era'.

However Babyshambles and Doherty may be brilliant and talented but they are also ill disciplined and inconsistent, so whilst there are some equally fine tracks on their other albums will they ever put together even one whole album of this quality? I would like to think that much as Nick Cave did with The Bad Seeds that Docherty and Babyshambles can come back from the brink, resist the seemingly very great temptation of disappearing into self indulgent obscurity and deliver a sustained body of work of true value, but right now this still seems more of a hope than a real likelihood.

However this is a gem, and like the other highpoints in Babyshambles' work it shines with a special brilliance that shows that Doherty and Babyshambles are capable of great creativity. The question is do they want it enough to put in the work and committment to their art that separates the very few that can from the very many that don't.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2006
I have only heard two of the songs on this album before: 'I Love You (But You're Green) and 'Beg, Steal or Borrow' and they were among the best songs to come from him since 2003. I hope that the next Babyshambles album is better than the last, as 'Down In Albion' relied on songs he had written years before, like 'Albion' and 'Back From The Dead'. From what little I have heard of this EP (some rough cut demo versions), it sounds like anoter successful outing for Babyshambles and I hope that Doherty manages to get clean and write some more fantastic Libertines-esque songs.

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