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As The Strokes and White Stripes were importing stateside garage-rock grit to the UK in 2002, Up the Bracket channeled raucous British raconteurs like The Kinks and The Jam to mobilize a new generation of mouthy wasters. From the tetchy title track to the tipsy “Boys in the Band,” The Libertines are the pub-stool prophets who want to knife you one moment and put you in a loving headlock the next—all while charming you into buying their next drink.

Customer Reviews


I literally cannot come to grasp with the fact that not one other person has written a review for this wonderful record. If anything, the lack of a single review shows the calibur of music tastes in itunes average users.......F***IN dispicable!! Anyway, Up the Bracket is, in my opinion, BETTER than their other contemporary peers. I am a Strokes fan also but just cannot, no matter how hard i try, make myself honestly feel that "IS this It" is as good as "UP the Bracket". The strokes debut just seems far too calculated and kinda generic in comparison.

one of the greatest albums...ever.

There are not many bands like The Libertines. Not only is their music absolutely top, but they have a strange and absolutely mesmerizing chemistry. The relationship between Carl Barat and Pete Doherty is something never seen before. Seriously, The Libertines reinvented rock. They changed music forever. Long live the Libertines!


Seriously, this is the best punk album since London Calling.


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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