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Waterloo To Anywhere (UK Comm Album)

Waterloo To Anywhere (UK Comm Album)

1 Jan 2006
4.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2006
  • Release Date: 8 May 2006
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 36:24
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  • ASIN: B001KF0QQM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,322 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Format: Audio CD
So Carl Barat, so often regarded the "water carrier" of the Libertines, before Pete Doherty disintegrated in a vapour of negative publicity and an ubiquitous ever present rock chick girlfriend, returns. And what a comeback this is. Whilst Barat laid low for 18 months, Doherty sadly became a parody of himself and his credibility is now surely extinguished for good.

In that time, indie has become hyperbolic rather than meaningful music. And the NME has thrust upon us week after week the "next big thing", and for the most part these new bands are more wooden than a solid oak chair. The world NEEDS Barat back right now to save us from the mediocre, heard it all before retro rubbish that has somehow found an attentive audience. Waterloo To Anywhere is the most cathartic set of songs someone could write. From the roar of Deadwood, to the lament of moronic hangers on in Blood Thirsty Bastards, the riposte to a lazy and callow society in Gin and Milk, and what must be a serious contender to anthem of the decade, You Fxxking Love It, this album is what all of these conveyor belt indie bands should aspire to. Nice to see some REAL passion and fire from a band for once.

The speed and fury of the album goes over your head the first or second time you hear it, so it takes a little time to appreciate the quality of the music. But there is not one filler track on this album. Funny how you wait so long for a really good album that will last long beyond the initial "sell out every UK venue and a top 5" hype that greets nearly every trumped release, and two come out on the same day (the other being the soon to be classic Stadium Arcadium).

Hardly even worth reviewing this record as the world and its dog will listen to this, but this is just a brilliant record. Libertines Mark II - who cares? Welcome back, Carl and Gary.
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This album is just brilliant, there isn't a bad tune on it. It has real urgency and energy, but there is also lyrical talent in evidence that reaches near poetical standards. Love Carlos, he's the real star and I think some of Dirty Pretty Things work is actually better than The Libertines, definately far exceeds anything by Babyshambles!
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Well frankly this album to me is a pure joy and every song on it is genius. Unlike other albums that have at least 1 bad song The boys in dirty pretty things have got this one spot on and I have never been so happy to part with my money to buy this amazing first album of theirs, and I can only see them carry on as they started and gain the recognition as 1 of the best Indi-Rock bands in the world. The album is easily worth the money and u will not regret buying it and listen to it time and time again and u will never get boarded of it. With songs such as Gentry Cove, Deadwood and bang bang your dead, It is truly 5*.
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Like the album in question, this review shall be short, sharp and straight to the point...

This record is brilliant! The guitars are brash, the bass is rumbling, the drums are tight, Carl's baritone Lahn-dan drawl is suitably edgy and passionate and the whole thing hurtles through the Underground from Waterloo to anywhere with exhuberant punk rock energy and great conviction. The songwriting is confident and ridiculously catchy as at 36 minutes, there is no room for filler. This is an album that makes you smile, that makes you glad to be alive and when it comes to indie rock and modern guitar music in general, this is some of the best around.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2006
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The Libertines burned bright... and then burned out, when uberjunkie Pete Doherty got kicked out for assorted bad behavior. And from the ashes came two bands, one of which is Carl Barat's new band, Dirty Pretty Things.

Well, it's not exactly a pheonix. Fortunately, the debut "Waterloo to Anywhere" proves that this no Babyshambles -- Barat turns out some wonderfully grimy, raw punk music, reminiscent of the Raveonettes with a blurry Britpop edge. And they even turn up for work on time.

It opens with a solid opener -- the blurry, bizarre "Deadwood," which has cheery vocals and a sort of ominous edge. "You got the world boy/This all you make it?/You had the choice lad/You wouldnt take it," Barat croons cheerfully over a powerful guitar riff. "And what will you do/When they forget your name?"

Well, every artist needs a message song or two, and this seems to be Barat burying his band demons.

With that catchy punk tune as the opener, Dirty Pretty Things rock out with unpretentious gusto in raw tunes like "Gin and Milk," power chords that stretch out into lazy drones, frenetic wild noise, rough rock tunes, stomping punk, and tunes that can be rough and uncertain, or catchy and wild.

If Dirty Pretty Things have a flaw, it's that many of the songs take awhile to separate themselves. On first listening, many of the rockier, catchier sound very alike with all that blurry fuzzy guitar and bass, but as you listen to them a second time, little tune differences start to emerge.

Barat obviously has no musical pretensions, since there isn't really a moment on here that aspires to be more than it is. The production is left deliberately lo-fi and grimy-sounding, which adds a blurred edge to the razor riffs, solid drumming and hard basslines.
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