11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With word circulating that The Libertines would reunite and release their third studio album later in 2015, it felt like odd timing for Carl Barat to issue his first solo work in five years just as the reunion whispers were turning into firm evidence. What his album suffers in promotion, it makes up for in pure rock ’n’ roll delight. Not wishing to work solo, Barat put out online advertisements to form The Jackals. The respondents do a fine job working the Clash/Libertines lines that drive the dub inflections of “Glory Days” and the tuneful midtempo track “A Storm Is Coming.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

With word circulating that The Libertines would reunite and release their third studio album later in 2015, it felt like odd timing for Carl Barat to issue his first solo work in five years just as the reunion whispers were turning into firm evidence. What his album suffers in promotion, it makes up for in pure rock ’n’ roll delight. Not wishing to work solo, Barat put out online advertisements to form The Jackals. The respondents do a fine job working the Clash/Libertines lines that drive the dub inflections of “Glory Days” and the tuneful midtempo track “A Storm Is Coming.”

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About Carl Barât & The Jackals

When Carl Barât began working on the follow-up to his self-titled 2010 solo debut, he realized he needed the collaborative spirit of a band for this set of songs. After posting an ad on Facebook seeking potential members that drew thousands of interested musicians, he settled on the lineup of guitarist Billy Tessio, bassist Adam Claxton, and drummer Jay Bone. Dubbed the Jackals, Barât and the band went into the studio with the Bronx's Joby J. Ford as producer. The results, Let It Reign, arrived in 2015. ~ Heather Phares

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