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Here's Jason Smith's review of The Libertines' new album, released on Friday 11th September 2015.
Be nice. He doesn't bite.
|Chemistry in evidence: Frontmen Carl Barat and Pete Doherty|
headling Leeds Festival earlier in August.
It has been over ten years since The Libertines released an album.
A life of constant substance addiction, various side projects and a ‘one off’ Reading and Leeds headline set later, Peter Doherty admitted himself to rehab in Thailand and The Libertines started writing for a third studio album.
The gap between their second self-titled album and Anthems for Doomed Youth (AFDY) doesn’t appear present at all, and in fact, AFDY sounds as though it’s a direct follow on from the 2004 album. This may be owing to the fact that several of the songs on the album are re-mastered versions of early demos from the famous Albion sessions undertaken in the early 2000’s. However, such songs are in a minority and it is safe to say that the Doherty/Barat spark remains and their ability to write raucous, abrasive indie anthems still remains. Although The Libertines require some new management (they postponed two exclusive intimate shows which were never to be rescheduled, contrary to the band’s ethos) AFDY is definitely a must-listen, with every song bringing its own style and content, from arena anthems such as ‘Gunga Din’ to charming melodies such as ‘You’re My Waterloo’ and rough punk/indie tracks e.g. ‘Glasgow Coma Scale Blues’. This is an album that already sounds timeless and looks forward to a future of being showcased at the world’s biggest arenas and festivals.
|The album takes inspiration from the Wilfred Owen poem of the same name|