Anthems for Doomed Youth

The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2015 Ratings: #548 / 772
User Score
Based on 81 ratings
2015 Ratings: #477
September 11, 2015 / Release Date
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Virgin EMI / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
musicOMH

Anthems For Doomed Youth is a triumphant return; defying pretty much all the odds ... their songwriting prowess has ensured that the decade-long wait between albums has been more than worth it.

80
Clash

Cynics will continue to write their doggerel till kingdom come, but listeners may just find their favourite Libertines album yet.

80
The Guardian

Anthems for Doomed Youth isn’t perfect, but it succeeds in redressing the balance, reminding you that before Doherty became an embarrassing red-top fixture, he and Barât were genuinely great songwriters with a uniquely skewed vision.

80
Exclaim!

Not every song on the record lives up to the anthemic nature promised in the title, but there are certainly moments of triumphant redemption and plenty of nostalgic nods to fulfill fans' understandably high expectations.

80
American Songwriter

While they’ve sacrificed the more inflammatory aspects, they’ve retained their songwriting prowess and knack for melody.

80
Mojo

It’s this powerful nostalgia for their original selves ... that makes Anthems For Doomed Youth better than it really ought to be, as if the last decade hadn’t happened.

77
Pitchfork

Anthems is an absorbing listen front to back, but lacks the iconoclasm of Up the Bracket and 2004's self-titled record. Still, it's rich with mood and gorgeous melodies, and a pervasive doomy streak. 

75
Pretty Much Amazing

It’s been well over a decade since Julian Casablancas & Co. have released an album as taut and wasted and sexy as Anthems for Doomed Youth. Play this one out.

70
NME

While the music may not always match up, the lyrics reaffirm The Libertines’ place as one of the most vital British bands ever and should usher a fresh generation of believers on board the good ship Albion.

70
Rolling Stone

Whatever personal clarity they've attained has done nothing to dilute their music's heroic wastedness. They still nail the accidentally poignant sound of grasping for heaven while falling from a window.

70
Drowned in Sound

It’s a stylish, likeable work, that while not hitting the peaks of excitement in their early albums has a real consistency and warmth.

70
AllMusic

It's as authentic a return as a fan could ask for, and works equally well as a final chapter in the band's story or a new one.

70
PopMatters

Musically there is enough variation to make Anthems for Doomed Youth a satisfying listen.

60
DIY

The breadth of the material is astounding compared to their previous stuff; Pete and Carl have essentially brought their respective solo projects on board ship, creating a new marriage of sounds that’s less coherent but far more interesting.

60
Spin

Eleven years after an eponymous record that presaged a series of ignominious public meltdowns, the Libertines have assembled a collection of solid tunes, three quarters of which boast hooks stuck into unsurprising rock arrangements.

60
Time Out London

Their style is dated now, certainly, but it’s still bloody heartening to have The Libs back.

50
Consequence of Sound

Much of the album rides that line between the pain of the past and the pleasure of having gotten through it. Consequently, it frequently lacks catharsis and powerful moments. Rather than dip into the depths or climb to the heights, Anthems sits in a gray middle.

45
The Line of Best Fit

There’s an entire generation who get nostalgic when they think about how important this band used to be. On the evidence of Anthems for Doomed Youth, The Libertines miss those days too.

30
No Ripcord
An album no-one wanted at the worst possible time that’s even more terrible than expected – The Libertines have not only messed this one up, they may have tarnished their entire legacy irreparably.
GustavoAs02
75
the same matches and dirty guitars and vocals dragged , but with more pop modeling to hear. a very inregular album for a band like libertines , much more than I expected of them back without risking too much in dosage.
lerkenfeldt
79
'Anthems for Doomed Youth' is in many ways a pleasing comeback. Doherty and Barat has an obvious talent for making excellent melodies with on point, reflective and personal lyrics. There is still the occasional miss like 'Fury Of Chonburi', but all in all 'Anthems' sees The Libertines back in form, something that a couple of years ago, would have seemed unthinkable.

Favorite moments: Gunga Din, You're My Waterloo, Iceman, Heart Of The Matter.
tha138
60
Do you remember The Libertines, the band that waved the british flag of garage with so much fuss in the early 00's?
They are back to claim their part from fame and fortune with a third album that has already eaten most of its flesh.
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Track List

  1. Barbarians
  2. Gunga Din
  3. Fame and Fortune
  4. Anthem for Doomed Youth
  5. Heart of the Matter
  6. Belly of the Beast
  7. Iceman
  8. You're My Waterloo
  9. Fury of Chonburi
  10. The Milkman's Horse
  11. Glasgow Coma Scale Blues
  12. Dead for Love
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