on 23 July 2004
I love the Libertines, absolutely love them. So will you. Listening to this slice of Indie rock 'n roll will make you jump up and down with sheer delight at its brilliance. However, this single should be cherished for other reasons. This could well be one of the last singles The Libertines in their familiar format release. With Pete's drug problems, I am left sad, because as spectacular as this song is, I cant help but feel we will never see one of the greatest bands of our age reach their pinnacle. Enjoy this while you can
on 26 July 2004
This piece of jubilant euphoric indie rock'n'roll, picks off exactly where last Libertines release 'Don't Look Back into the Sun' left off, in taking the Libertines in a more melodic direction than debut album 'Up the Bracket.' Like most Libertines tracks its brilliance is not immediate, yet it only takes a couple of plays to steal your heart and make you dance, and how many bands have ever been capabable of that? Throw in the ressurection of the mouth organ as a credible rock'n'roll instrument and their most transparent, open and heartfelt lyrics (about Carl and Pete's love for each other) and you have a stone cold classic. The real question of course is not how good the Libertines are, but is Pete's love for Carl stronger than his love for Crack and heroin? It's in the face of such brilliant moments as this, that one can only pray it's the former. Now Come on, lets get it to number 1.
on 28 November 2010
Don't be deterred from this product if you already have 'The libetines' and 'Can't Stand Me Now'.
The first track is a hands down classic from Pete, Carl and the boys depicting the deteriorating and strengthening relationship between Pete and Carl. Although a sing-a-long, upbeat number, any die-hard fan will be touched by the tight-knit relationship they share, and in the knowledge they split up, will also be touched by the known ending to the story.
The second track, Never Never, is the reason you should buy this single. Any Libertines fan who has retricted themselves to just the two albums should begin to build up the discography purely just to gain the rare and spectacular B-sides and rarities. Never Never is an old-time libertine style song, jangly barre chords and dolcit tones weaving to make a perfect combination and match for the boy's tones.
Don't miss out, this is worth more than it costs.
on 11 August 2004
Can't Stand Me Now is a fantastic song that has brutally honest lyrics about Carl and Petes relationship. They take it in turn to sing lines which is like listening to a very interesting conversation! Cyclops is quite good, but you can see why it's a b-side and not on an album. Dilly boys however is great. It's a softer song about 'the sweetest girl in the world'. The Can't Stand Me Now video is really cool, showing live footage of The Libertines chaotic (in a good way) shows, stage invasions and all. My only complaint about it is that the picture of it is quite small - unless it is something i'm doing wrong - the video will only play in a box that is less than half the size of my computer screen. But overall, Can't Stand Me Now is one of the best songs to come out this year and the extras on the single are good value for money.
on 25 July 2004
This is more than a song, its a story of a past of love, adventure and betrail all concluding in a story of an arcadian dream which is haulted at present (or is it!). Once again the libertines fall nothing short of shakespear in there powerful lyrics which result in a masterpiece. Get well pete !!!