However unlikely the pairing of the Libertines with Jake Gosling seems, it works. Few bands have damaged their own reputation in quite the way the Libertines managed. The excruciating tabloid horror show seemed to go on far longer than their career, dwarfing it to the point where it was difficult to remember why people had thought they were any good in the first place.
Alexis Petridis's album of the week The Libertines. The Libertines: Anthems for Doomed Youth — a reputation restored. Redressing the balance … the Libertines. Alexis Petridis. On "Belly of the Beast", Doherty sounds as if he's trying to slap himself out of the fug with every syllable of "It was a smacked-up, cracked-up, bone shark smacked -down day.
On "Heart of the Matter", the guitars echo "Don't Look Back Into the Sun" , but whereas that classic praised a chancer's luck, here the pair express sad surprise that they're still going, having made it this far on a "crooked little smile. It's a reminder of the beguiling poetry of the Libertines, the world of Biggles and Bilo, ships and maidens, which they indulge on "Fury of Chonburi", a tale of conflicted, enduring devotion among "pig men" their mutual pet name.
It's one of the only ragers here, alongside "Glasgow Coma Scale Blues", tumbling pub rock with a brash theme tune quality.
Anthems is an absorbing listen front to back, but lacks the iconoclasm of Up the Bracket and 's self-titled record. Still, it's rich with mood and gorgeous melodies, and a pervasive doomy streak. The record's two love songs that don't concern Pete'n'Carl are both PSAs about the danger of believing in eternity: "Iceman" showcases their Kinks -y knack for storytelling in an acoustic yarn about a figure best avoided; "Dead for Love" is affecting noir cabaret that warns that death is the only true forever.
Yet their enduring facility together—as much as their third record swears off such cosmic promise—is almost, just almost, enough to make you believe in soulmates. Skip to content Search query All Results. Archived from the original on 31 August Archived from the original on 5 September Q : October Rolling Stone.
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