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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Arcady Records
  • ASIN: B0040QE45M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Carl Bar - Carl Bar

BBC Review

The Libertines’ recent festival reunion was blessed – legends-in-their-own-lunchtime (well, they didn’t last very long) overcome bessie-mate bust-up to deliver a ‘greatest’ set list minus the ‘hope you like our new direction’ part. But there’s a touch of the curse about it too, as Carl Barât’s solo debut album has the tough task of very quickly following the band’s comeback.

Try as they might, Barât’s Dirty Pretty Things felt too contrived. The strength of his present set-up is that whatever form his songs deserve, they get. It means that ‘ruffian swagger’ is no longer a default setting, while the focus has shifted from Albion to a more European canon. Barât’s new collaborators reputedly include a member (or two) of British balladeers Cousteau, who share something of Tindersticks’ Gallic charm. It’s no great surprise given Barât’s French/Russian/Polish roots – though you probably weren’t expecting him to do the time warp as well.

Opener The Magus finds its feet around 1974, sounding more than a touch glam and theatrical, with splintering Aladdin Sane piano. It’s just a small step to the Brel/Brecht drama of The Fall (don’t forget, Barât’s forthcoming book Threepenny Memoir takes its cue from Brecht’s Threepenny Opera) while Shadows Fall’s sad chords and sadder cellos are stained with Serge Gainsbourg’s cigarette smoke. Je Regrette, Je Regrette even has a French title, though there’s nowhere on Googlemaps for this concoction of 60s Joe Meek production, muscular Smithsian bass, Libertines skiffle and a choir. Amazingly, the track not only avoids resembling a dog’s dinner, it’s also craftily catchy.

The lead single, though, is Run With the Boys, which resembles early solo Morrissey crossed with The Style Council. As unfair as unstitching the threads of each track sounds, it’s also fair to say Barât’s album is a composite of his musical education before he met Pete Doherty. Talking of his old mucker, So Long, My Lover is another Libertines echo (albeit in polished form), and though it’s doubtless about Carl’s old flame Annalisa Astarita, the sentiment "I was reckless, you were free / I took you round the world with me / so holy together / no devils could tear us apart," applies to Pete just as much. Try as he might, Barât can run, to Europe and beyond, but he will always find it hard to hide from his past.

--Martin Aston

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I bought this album having heard "The Magus" being played in HMV which really caught my attention and not really being a fan of The Libertines/Dirty pretty Things etc. I had to ask a member of staff who it was. Having given the whole album a thorough listen it is a really excellent album in a very different style to his time with the above bands.

Barat's lyrics are intricate and poetic, and the tracks seem to have plenty of laid back swagger about them. Going from the under-produced sound of The Libertines this album really emphasises his voice and a less guitar-orientated mix means his lyrics cut through the simple yet effective beats and riffs. Tracks such as "Je Regrette, Je Regrette" and "She's Something" seem unusual at the first listen but they are truly infectious and keep me listening to this album on repeat at work.

A brilliant album from Carl Barat which I thoroughly recommend.
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The two reviews so far have verged from hagiography to scathing unconstructive criticism. The answer in terms of the quality of this album, as usual lies somewhere in the middle. It's not a particularly bad album, it's just not very exciting either. Barat adopts a very middle of the road style with the arrangements, and the hooks and melodies aren't good enough to bring many of the songs above mediocrity. He is also let down lyrically on a lot of the tracks, especially on 'Je Regrette'.

But there are some very good moments on here, including the atmospheric 'Shadows Fall', the energetic 'Run With the Boys' and very Barat-esque opener 'The Magus'. There's plenty of highly competent instrumentation, and some work has obviously gone into making this record sound polished and getting the best out of the songs. There aren't any particularly standout low points, it's just that nothing on the album seems that memorable either. If you're a Barat fan it's probably worth picking up, as it's fairly enjoyable and presents a different side to the man and the artist. More casual listeners will struggle to play this more than a handful of times I suspect.
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Not so shabby at all.

I'm going to be honest, I'd read reviews, and thought, dear God, Carl has killed it.

Libertines, Dirty Pretty things... then this. And when I heard it first time I thought this too.

BUT, that was only because it was so different from what I was extecting. I was expecting another album full of scratchy indie guitars, because that was the Carl we all knew and loved. But this really grew on me. I heard all the "different sound" stuff, but it really is an amazing album.

Carve my name is a personal favorite.

If I'm honest, I wish we could go back to the 'Up the bracket' days. The Libertines will always have a place in my heart. But this is in a new direction, and I love this too.

For a first venture into the solo career, Carl has suprised us all.

I love it.
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As a long-time Libs fan, I suffered through the Dirty Pretty Things albums (to be fair, there were a couple of decent tracks on the first one) hoping for some of Barat's early genius. With the release of this solo album I was expecting more of the same (and the album cover certainly didn't inspire much confidence) but thought I would give him one last chance. And guess what? It's much much better. Now, don't get me wrong - it's not the Libertines - but it is a very good, very listenable album with several excellent tunes on it.
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By Brit Boy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2016
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As well as being a fan of Pete Doherty, I'm also a real admirer of that other Libertine Carl Barât. Although his self-titled debut studio album from 2010 generally received mixed reviews from the press, and barely caused a ripple in the UK charts, I find it a extremely listenable record, with so many quality indie tunes to turn to again.

The album showcases Carl's obvious love for theatrical rock music, with his deeply poetic lyrics, a mostly laid back style, and his trademark swagger shining throughout. Although there is nothing which is at all ground-breaking or even original to be found, this is just good music which, like Pete's full-length solo offering 'Grace/Wastelands', is very different to the often chaotic sound of their band The Libertines, and indeed Carl's second band Dirty Pretty Things. This was a completely new direction for the man, with a much more stripped back, calmer sound, and lyrics which are naturally more personal to him. 'Carl Barât' is a versatile record, which leaves behind many examples of his song-writing brilliance.

The songs on here which I'd really have to highlight is the opener 'The Magnus', the catchy, acoustic, and folksy 'She's Something', the upbeat single 'Run With the Boys', sublime 'Carve My Name', the gentle retro ballad 'What Have I Done', the theatrical and nostalgic 'So Long, My Lover', and dreamy 'Shadows Falls', which truly showcases Carl's beautiful voice to perfection. In all honesty though, there are no duds to be found on here, it's all excellent stuff.

The front cover shows off Carl's model looks, but the booklet contained in this cardboard housed package, features no such striking photographs, but the full set of lyrics to each of the songs.
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