The Libertines

The Libertines - The Libertines
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2004 Ratings: #201 / 396
User Score
Based on 134 ratings
2004 Ratings: #65
Liked by 2 people
August 31, 2004 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sanctuary / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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The Libertines is a record of such raw autobiographical honesty that it carries a weight few others in 2004 can match.

A dark, tense record, but one still crackling with life.
What you have here is the most agonisingly voyeuristic listening experience in rock, ever. It's also some of the most exhilarating and brilliant rock'n'roll of the past 20 years.
The Guardian

A step on from Up the Bracket, this album is a winningly idiosyncratic explosion of dizzy pop and punk fury that could yet be honed to perfection.


It's brilliant at points, exhibiting the casual, grimy grace that laced Up the Bracket through English countryside benders, sing-alongs, and pub anthems, but evidently, The Libertines are creatures of excess, and even a good thing can be overdone.

Rolling Stone
No band in recent history has better captured the vertiginous experience of falling apart and loving it.
Coke Machine Glow
Some of these songs are excellent, in an unfinished but inspired way. But many of the album's tracks evidence a band that's bursting at the seams with talent, only to stumble on unfocused, scattershot song-writing.
This just makes me wanna listen to the arctic monkeys debut, they did this sound it way better
It’s kinda dark but is also an incredibly fun record. Every track in here is great. The songs fit really well together. The writing is great and the feel of the album is really good.
Best tracks: Last Post On the Bugle, Don't Be Shy, Arbeit Macht Frei, The Saga
Worst track: Road to Ruin
The sophomore album from the libertines, it’s fair to say I remembered it being much better. To start on the pluses, a lot of the songs are actually pretty good, it took me three or four songs to get into it, but I really enjoyed everything after. It starts of strong with one of their biggest singles in can’t stand me now, and ends off even better in what became of the likely lads. The album has some great fast paced tracks, but I feel it delivers best with its slower tracks, like ... read more
In college I had the poster of the front of this album in my dorm room and it was awesome.
The self-titled album by The Libertines is a musical show-off full of joyful energy, fun flirtation with genres, nostalgic memories and tense relationships between famous vocalists at the time of recording. Some of the major and most memorable indie rock from the 2000s sound here, taking the best from The Clash, The Stone Roses, The Strokes and inspiring a huge number of modern bands.
Music When the Lights Go Out • Can't Stand Me Now • Last Post on the Bugle • What ... read more
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Track List

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