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A great second album!
on 2 October 2013
The Libertines' self entitled second and final album was an excellent follow up to 'Up The Bracket', I'm still not sure if it is superior, despite being more successful, but it's definitely five star worthy.
The album instantly reached the top spot in the UK and contains the band's biggest hit 'Can't Stand Me Now' and their final single 'What Became of the Likely Lads'. There is quite a sadness to this album which the debut didn't really have, as most of the songs tell the story of the volatile relationship between the band's singer/guitarist front men Carl Barât and Pete Doherty. The lyrics are obviously then more heartfelt, some tracks have a much more melodic style, but a lot of the songs remain as catchy as ever, notably 'What Katie Did'.
'What Became Of The Likely Lads' is one of The Libertines' best songs, and the perfect way to close the album out. The track is most fitting, essentially it's a happy tune, upbeat and jolly, but when you concentrate on the lyrics, you'll realise how touching it is considering the back story. The nostalgic lyrics are filled with moments of bitterness and sadness, and refer to the breakdown of the friendship between Pete and Carl, and the subsequent collapse of The Libertines.
I think that this album was certainly a grower (for me at least upon the few first hearings), it was after all going to be hard to make an album of the same standard as the debut, but with 'The Libertines', I think they just about succeeded. Whilst it's a shame that only two albums were made, this influential band made some of the best indie music of the day, and started the whole revival of the British rock scene. A great achievement!