The Libertines

The Libertines - The Libertines
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2004 Ratings: #128 / 299
User Score
Based on 81 ratings
2004 Ratings: #59
August 31, 2004 / Release Date
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Sanctuary / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Uncut

The Libertines is a record of such raw autobiographical honesty that it carries a weight few others in 2004 can match.

91
Spin
A dark, tense record, but one still crackling with life.
90
NME
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.
80
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.

71
Pitchfork

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.

70
Rolling Stone
No band in recent history has better captured the vertiginous experience of falling apart and loving it.
67
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.
50
Entertainment Weekly

Like the Strokes on their own sophomore effort, the Libs thoroughly disappoint on this eponymous follow-up.

siberianbreaks
NR
Not as exciting or memorable as their debut. But still a solid collection of songs. Really reminds of the Clash and similar bands.

Favourite tracks: Can't Stand Me Now, Music When The Lights Go Out, What Became Of The Likely Lads, What Katie Did, Last Post On The Bugle
CheapandLethal
45
Pretty poor
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#2/NME
#30/SPIN

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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