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Forever a favourite!
on 2 October 2013
Despite having released only two albums, during from the small space of 2002-2004, The Libertines will always be one of my favourite indie bands. I know that more famous artists have since appeared (most of which though do owe some credit to The Libertines as many were influenced by them), but when singing guitarists Carl Barât and Pete Doherty recorded these albums, it was the start of a revival for the British rock scene, so it all began here.
Their exciting debut 'Up the Bracket' is the strongest of the two in my opinion, and contains the hit 'Time For Heroes' and the standout title track, immediately catchy, and what a intro! Both of these songs are decidedly my favourites.
Having said that, the whole release flows very well. It's an excellent collection of punk rock songs, packed with raw energy and witty, intelligent lyrics. It only peaked at no.35 in the UK charts, but was very well received.
Unfortunately the band's personal problems are also well-documented, which must explain why they split in 2004. Nevertheless, they produced some of the most consistently great music at the time, and 'Up the Bracket' remains one of the best albums from that period.
Check out the 2003 re-release which contains an extra track and a bonus DVD featuring the promotional music videos of 'Up the Bracket', 'Time for Heroes' and 'I Get Along'.