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Romance At Short Notice (UK exclusive Comm CD)
 
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Romance At Short Notice (UK exclusive Comm CD)

30 Jun. 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2008
  • Release Date: 30 Jun. 2008
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 45:50
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  • ASIN: B003LWTV36
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,057 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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I have the two Libertines albums and Waterloo to Anywhere and, having heard DPT two or three times performing tracks (Plastik Hearts, Come Closer and Tired of England) from this album prior to its release, I was looking forward to buying it. However, I almost didn't bother because of the many mediochre reviews I read in the music press. But I did buy it and, having listened several times to it, I really like it and have to disagree with the critics. I think it really depends on whether you like the ballads like 'Truth Begins'and 'The North' which really show which of the Libertines has the best voice. The more punchy tracks are also good although they perhaps do not have the 'edge' of the Libertines tracks.
I think that the real problem is that people love to slag off Pete Doherty on account of his drug issues, but somehow, Carl Barat is not really forgiven for NOT being Pete Doherty and too many comparisons are made by many. The fact is, he writes good lyrics, good tunes and has a strong voice and great stage presence and energy. Having had the pleasure of meeting him on a wet evening at a provincial gig recently when he happily chatted to the fans waiting outside in the rain and posed for endless photos ; he has no inflated ego issues either. Instead of grabbing the headlines through his lifestyle like Pete, he is quietly getting on with it and I wish him luck. He is doing his own thing, he is not Pete Doherty or The Libs so please stop comparing him and give him credit for what he does!
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Wow! My hopes were high but this album exceeded them. Romance at Short Notice contains tracks with the same infectious, punchy, punk influenced flavour to be found on DPTs' debut album, but also introduces us to more complex medlodies and harmonies that we have not heard before from the band. There are many highlights but the stand out track for me is Buzzards and Crows, a 3 minute whirling roller coaster of a song reminiscent of Madness at their best. This album should herald the arrival of DPT's into the nation's conciousness, but it won't, because for some mystifying reason they seem to be judged too "indie?" for mainstream radio. That's a shame, but at least you'll never hear them in the fruit and veg aisle in Asda, and that's no bad thing!
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Whilst taking a turn from waterloo to anywhere, this album doen't lack what made DPT so great in the first place: catchy melodies and briliant lyrics (yes, i do refuse to review this album in reference to either the libs or pete, I think DPT are worthy of being reviewed alone). I actually find it impossible to pick out any standout tracks, as they are all genuinely so very good. Because the songs are all quite different from each other, the album doesn't have the same blurring into one song that Waterloo had on the first listen, which is good.
Nice to hear more of the others singing as well, particularly anthony, who has an excellent voice.
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Dirty Pretty Things were formed from the rubble of the Libertines back in 2004. Taking three parts of the Libertines set up and adding a Bassist from the Cooper Temple Clause, the Dirty Pretty Things hit the ground running with the hugely enjoyable "Waterloo to Anywhere" in 2006. A hark back to the Mod Punk noise that the Libertines excelled at with aggressive and fiery songs and lyrics to match. It was the same scrappy sound as before and it was a glowing tribute to the input Barat and co had into the previous success.

Romance at Short Notice is an obvious progression in style and delivery. The album loses some of the raw appeal of the previous attempt with a slicker studio production and I think this is the main problem. There are still good tracks on the album but the whole thing feels slightly disjointed with more ideas floating round and a mismatch of styles conflicting. The song writing came from other members of the band this time and I don't think this was the wisest thing , as part of the Libertine-esque raucousness has disappeared with it.

The singles are still good, "Tired Of England" is a commentary on the state of of the country and does a good job to paint pictures with words in the same style as the Jam and the Smiths managed 20 years previous. "Kicks or Consumption" is also another highlight, I prefer their uptempo moments and between the album fodder there are gems.

If the band get past this album and return to true form and some point in the future release a best of, I would imagine this album is largely forgotten apart from the one or two singles released from it.

*** Like: Libertines, The Jam, The Kinks, Razorlight ***
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I dont normally write reviews, but sometimes a band comes along that remains largely under-rated and dont get the praise they deserve - DPT are one of those bands. I loved Waterloo to Anywhere, and so had high expectations of this album - it didnt disappoint. RASN manages to get the perfect balance between moving on and trying something new, while still maintaining all the things i loved about DPT in the first place. There is passion, energy and emotion in these songs that puts many newer, younger, more commercially successful "indie" bands to shame. Its much more varied, ecletic and melodic than WTA, and the songs are real growers - its one of those albums that gets better with every listen. My favourite would have to be "Truth Begins", its such a beautiful song, though "Come Closer" a gorgeous acoustic number, and "Hippys Son" full of anger and passion with an infectious chorus, arent far behind. Having said that i love every track on the album, theres not a single "filler" on there, and it has the sound of a band who have well and truly found their own voice and moved out of the shadow of previous projects. Lets just hope they now get the recognition they deserve...
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