Up The Bracket

The Libertines - Up The Bracket
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2002 Ratings: #15 / 192
User Score
Based on 194 ratings
2002 Ratings: #61
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Spin
This is music to play in dark, velvety, womblike bars; this is music to play while buying cigarettes; this is music for well-dressed poor people.
90
AllMusic

Virtually every song on Up the Bracket is chock-full of the same kind of bouncy, aggressive guitars, expressive, economic drums, and irresistible hooks that made the Strokes' debut almost too catchy for the band's credibility.

85
Pitchfork
Like The Clash before them, The Libertines draw primarily from decades of rock tradition-- blues, dub, a healthy whiff of the English countryside, and a few gorgeous rock riffs straight from the brainstem of Chuck Berry-- and fuse them into an unruly and triumphant monster of an album.
80
Rolling Stone
Eventually every song will kick in from a slightly different angle, including faux folk and cracked ballad.
60
The Guardian

There are too many lesser-realised numbers for Up the Bracket to be a classic debut, but there is a fine band in here fighting to get out.

Melancoholic
70

Good.

Raiksheen
65

Decent

69420JMAN69420
90

Up the bracket is the debut album by the British rock band The libertines, they are considered to be one of the biggest of their scene and one of the first of the British indie rock era of the 2000s. The band consists of Pete Doherty on lead vocals and guitar, Carl Barat on occasional lead vocals but mostly backing and guitar, John Hassall on bass guitar, and Gary Powell on drums. The thing I love about this album is that it sounds so distinct despite being a part of a genre that would continue ... read more

Melancoholic
70

Good.

Raiksheen
65

Decent

Barelydead
71

This album has a bright instrumentation, and seems to be bouncy and funny I guess, but in reality not as sassy as someone would expected or really that enjoyable. It lacks the energy and the memorable hooks, but at least it is decent without weak moments. People often compare them to Strokes, and while I like them more than strokes, this is not on a par with "Is this It. I actually think their reunion album was better.

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Track List

  1. Vertigo
  2. Death On the Stairs
  3. Horror Show
  4. Time for Heroes
  5. Boys In the Band
  6. Radio America
  7. Up the Bracket
  8. Tell the King
  9. The Boy Looked At Johnny
  10. Begging
  11. The Good Old Days
  12. I Get Along

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