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nobody needs this

it's a pointless sell out of a money maker, they had 2 albums! 2 amazing albums! but now they put out this, they might aswell re-released both albums and the what a waster ep, they missed some of the best tracks aswell, what happened to last post on the bugle or music when the lights go out, sorry, but something had to be said

Heroes for our times

Being a long time Libertines fan, I was initially apprehensive as to whether the track list for a greatest hits would really represent the band. Having only officially released two albums, two stand alone singles and B sides in many ways makes the quality control even harder; which songs do you cut? The fact is that this best of album truly shows the Libertines at their best- chaotic and wild but also exuberant and poetic. Time For Heroes is a perfect example; the slurred lyrics and abrasive guitar solo is counterbalanced with beautiful, insightful lyrics, proving conclusively that Pete Doherty's talent shined brightest in the Libertines. The inclusion of What A Waster and Don't Look Back Into The Sun, the two stand alone singles, is practically compulsory but nevertheless welcome. Released before their debut and second album respectively, they are two of the best tracks the Libs ever produced in their short career. They both run with breathless energy and again include beautiful lyrics- no other band could make the profanity of What a Waster sound so articulate and poignant. My only criticism, small as it might be, is that there doesn't seem to be any live tracks or demos. Seeing as the Libertines were the most exciting live band of their generation, and they produced hundreds of demos which show the genius of their compositions in stripped down form, it looks like Rough Trade have missed a trick. This may well be down to the easy availability of these rarities in a number of online archives- forget the Arctic Monkeys, it was the Libertines who first realised the power of the internet to get people listening to their music. Overall then? A near perfect summary of a band whose lifespan was short, but who left a musical legacy which will live on for decades.


Any real Libertines fans will have both albums already. This album offers nothing new. The band didn't even have an input. The record label are obviously cashing in on The Libs while they still can. Money-spinning tossers.


Formed: 2001 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Libertines joined the pop fray of 2002, competing with the likes of the Strokes, Hives, Vines, and Doves with their debut single, "What a Waster." The Bernard Butler-produced track entered the U.K.'s Top 40 in June, leaving NME to crown the Libertines as the best new band in Britain. The double-A-side song "I Get Along" earned Single of the Week on BBC Radio 1. The London-based band, who inked a deal with Rough Trade in December 2001, featured Carl Barât (guitar/vocals), Pete Doherty (guitar/vocals),...
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