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Monday, October 18, 2010

The Libertines - Self Titled

Monday strikes back with a vengeance, as I'm still in weekend mode. The show must go on though - and it goes on with another Suggestion Box specialty. This one again courtesy of Shaqwanda and her request of the Libertines. I'm not sure if it's a theme lately or what, but for some reason I've been hitting a lot of British acts as of late. Add these guys to that list. Also add this band to the stereotypical list of lead singers that have drug problems. The story goes, the band formed around 1997. They began to see some real mainstream success in the early 2000's and dropped a new album in '04 that saw some really positive reviews. All that ended up being for naught, as in 2004 they couldn't get past all the internal conflicts and broke up for a bit. It sounds like they've done some reunion work - and now might even be back together full time. Hard to tell sometimes though, as they make these plans but there is still some animosity left from years back. Stay tuned. Anyhow, this particular album was the 2004 release and the 2nd out of 2 total studio recordings. What do I think of this? I think it's really solid. Top to bottom, only a couple tracks that I've thought of skipping over. They have this great jam quality that makes listening to them fun - but I'm not sure that's it. I think for me it's the riffs and the old school guitar work. It's like the guitar you hear in Johnny B Good, but then made modern and catchy. This is 100% worth checking out today. You might not remember any song individually, but on the whole, an album worth noting.

1. Can't Stand Me Now
2. Last Post on the Bugle
3. Don't Be Shy
4. Man Who Would Be King, The
5. Music When the Lights Go Out
6. Narcissist
7. Ha Ha Wall, The
8. Arbeit Macht Frei
9. Campaign of Hate
10. What Katie Did
11. Tomblands
12. Saga, The
13. Road to Ruin
14. What Became of the Likely Lads

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Can't Stand Me Now
2. What Became Of The Likely Lads
3. Campaign Of Hate

3.5 out of 5 stars

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