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Up The Albion,
By A Customer
This review is from: Up the Bracket (Audio CD)
After the most promising debut single since 'Supersonic' and a truly legendary gig at the 100 Club in London, much expectation was heaped onto The Libertines' shoulders; many critics saw them as a revolutionary Jam and many fans of the new wave of music discovered that a new set of heroes had arrived on the scene.
'Up The Bracket' is quite simply breathtaking. An album that never sits still, it clocks in at just over 35 minutes but in that time simply re-writes the new rock revolution rule book. Here at last is a British band that has the iconic status we were all looking for and fantastic songs to boot.
Every time this album is played, something new will arise; songs as good as 'Up The Bracket' and 'Time For Heroes' simply never get boring. The re-recorded 'I Get Along' is possibly the greatest song in the last 5 years. Every nook and cranny of the album deserves your attention, for there is simply not a duff track.
This is why the Libertines are so fresh and - yes - revered by their fanbase; not since the Dawn of Oasis has Britian had a band with so much passion and attitude to admire. For the last few years we've had to put up with the likes of Travis singing about flowers in a window - now we have The Libertines screaming about heroin ('Horrowshow') and punk heroes ('The Boy Looked at Johnny') with a rage that defines their existance.
There is a downside, however; this may be the only album they record. And this is the greatest of all tragedies, because you just know The Libertines will not last long. A band prone to self-destruction. You can only hope that they gets back on the straight and narrow soon because otheriwise we shall be watching yet another talented band falling by the wayside.
Already, this album (originally released to indifferent reaction) is slowly growing into a cult favourite. My guess is that it will repeatedly make the top 100 albums lists in the coming years as people realise just how special the record is. Remember when 'The Stone Roses' was released? Exactly.
If these boys continue to make albums and singles of this calibre, they shall be superstars. A classic in every sense of the word (and remarkably similar to The Sex Pistols' debut in terms of length and quality), here is hoping that Doherty will get back with his former band to carry on what they have started here. A lot of people will be watching intently.