The Libertines are an English rock band, formed in London in 1997 by frontmen Carl Barat (vocals/guitar) and Pete Doherty (vocals/guitar). The band, centred on the songwriting partnership of Barat and Doherty, has also included John Hassall (bass) and Gary Powell (drums) for most of its recording career.
The band gained some notoriety in the early 2000s. Although their mainstream success was initially limited, their profile soon grew, culminating in a No. 2 single and No. 1 album on the UK Charts. In December 2004, their self-titled second album was voted the second best album of the year by NME magazine. The first two of their full-length LPs were produced by Mick Jones, of the British punk band The Clash.
The British press seems eager to add the Libertines to the canon of great British bands as soon as possible. Not just because their music carries on the traditions of previous greats from the Beatles to the Clash, or because of their involvement with already-legendary figures like Alan McGee, Mick Jones, and Geoff Travis, or because their peers in the British music scene just weren't as interesting to cover, but because the band's future always teeters between dazzling and dangerously uncertain.
The Libertines is the second album of The Libertines. Released on 30 August 2004, it is particularly biographical of the relationship between frontmen Carl Barat and Pete Doherty. The album instantly reached number 1 in the UK. It sold 72,189 copies in its first week. The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2006, NME placed the album 47 in a list of the greatest British albums ever. In 2013, NME ranked the album at number 99 in its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
In spite of their critical and commercial success, the band's music was often eclipsed by its internal conflicts, stemming from Doherty's addictions to crack cocaine and heroin, which eventually led to the breakup of the band.
Doherty has since stated that the breakup of the band was due to relationship difficulties between Barat and himself that were not related to his drug addictions.
The members of The Libertines went on to form new bands with varying degrees of success.
01. Can't Stand Me Now 3:23
02. Last Post On The Bugle 2:32
03. Don't Be Shy 3:03
04. The Man Who Would Be King 3:5905. Music When The Lights Go Out 3:02
06. Narcissist 2:10
07. The Ha Ha Wall 2:29
08. Arbeit Macht Frei 1:13
09. Campaign Of Hate 2:10
10. What Katie Did 3:49
11. Tomblands 2:06
12. The Saga 1:53
13. Road To Ruin 4:21
14. What Became Of The Likely Lads 5:54
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