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Grace / Wastelands

Pete DohertyAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 24, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B001QCJNN6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,357 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2009 debut solo album from the Libertines and Babyshambles leader. The album was recorded at Olympic Studios in London last autumn and is produced by legendary producer Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur) Grace/Wastelands features a number of special guests. Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, plays on almost all of the cuts and singer Dot Allison performs co-vocals on the track, 'Sheepskin Tearaway'. Peter's Babyshambles band mates, Mik Whitnall, Adam Ficek and Drew McConnell also play on the album.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, But a Little Worrisome May 20, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a rich, beautiful, muted, heartbreaking and occasionally exhilarating CD. All the media crap aside, Doherty is the real thing, an artist who can put deepest and sometimes his darkest impulses into memorable, if often heartbreaking songs. His singing is perfect: he never gets in the lyrics' way and his phrasing is totally his own. And there's not enough to be said for the production. It's immaculate.

What's worrisome is that most of these are old songs. I'd be terrifically happy to hear a dozen new songs, if only to demonstrate that Pete's still turning them out.

But this is a collection that just gets richer with repeated listening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pete Doherty? Really? Really? NO...REALLY? WOW! May 18, 2010
By JG
Format:Audio CD
If someone played this CD for me and didn't tell me who it was, I'd never guess Pete Doherty. If they then told me who it was, I'd say "The Pete Doherty who's been on a slow motion trainwreck to self destruction on the front page of tabloids for much of the last decade? That Pete Doherty?".

Most people probably wouldn't characterize Mr. Doherty's heroin induced public conduct as mature. Well, folks, I'm here to tell you that after just a couple of spins of this CD, this is mature music and songwriting. With the possible exception of "Sweet By and By", which, with its New Orleans brass band sound doesn't quite seem to fit in with the rest of the album, for the most part, this is a great record.

It's been said that good songwriting comes only from people who wrestle with problems, internal strife, psychological issues, etc. Who knows whether that's really true or not, but if there is any truth to that, then Grace/Wastelands is a good record to use as an example in support of that argument.

It doesn't hurt matters that the great guitarist and creator of retro ambience, Graham Coxon, plays on most of the tracks.

This is music that will stand the test of time. Now, if Mr. Doherty can just keep the momentum of what he's done here going, we can look forward to more good stuff, and hopefully, look back at his self destructive tabloid days as just a phase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original music April 24, 2013
By sfiertl
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The most original music in years.Peter Doherty is a fantastic song smith. I enjoy his uncompromising style, since The Clash.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Journey Back to Arcadia December 18, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I got this album after I read Doherty's book "Books of Albion", which is a collection of his personal journals and poetry. After reading all of that, I have come to have a better understanding his drug addiction and poor choices. After listening to this album, I have come to the conclusion that "Grace/Wastelands" can be seen as Doherty rediscovering his Arcadia.

Even in Doherty's time in The Libertines there has always been a motif between himself and his former bandmate Carl Barât; Arcadia. Arcadia is the central mountain region of Greece and is seen as a place where life is easy. According to a Greek Mythology Dictionary, Arcadia is a place where "human beings lived in contentment and harmony with the natural world."

This album reflects the idea of Arcadia and brings it to life. The first track "Arcady", literally describes Arcadia itself and is very happy and upbeat. There isn't a hurtful thought in it.

The next track is "Last of the English Roses," this song, in my view at least, emphasizes his love for life at a younger age. Doherty describes a lady who can "charm the bees knees of the bees" and he also mentions his friends and how they would laugh and play together. This can be connected back to his rather serious relationship with Kate Moss. Pete ruined his friendships with Barât and the rest of his bandmates in The Libertines and I think this song is him reviewing his past relationships at a more happy part of his life that he may even consider to be Arcadia.

Looking at the structure of how this album was set up, we can see it as a time line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Amazing Album May 8, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Pete Doherty does it again! If you're going to properly listen to this album make sure to enter into it without any preconceptions about who Pete Doherty is. Ignore the tabloid stories, ignore what you've heard about his drug abuse, enter into it with an open mind. If you do you will find one of the best albums of the last year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great c.d. May 28, 2013
By Smitty
Format:Audio CD
My girlfriend got this c.d. for me for my birthday & I love it! It's not like his other music, it's mostly accoustic & slower songs. It just goes to show that Pete's more than just a drugged up rocknrolla he actually has some talent. It's a must have if your a fan of his other music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully tragic
This is Peter at his best, elegant and beautiful.
Hauntingly beautiful melodies which are deeply atmospheric.

He has the most amazing voice... Read more
Published on September 18, 2011 by N. Dines
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Pete Doherty is one of the most talented musicians of our time. Big things to come if he manages to pull his act together and stay alive long enough. Love it. Read more
Published on May 18, 2011 by Olivia Grace Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars Grace/Wastelands
Grace/Wastelands being Doherty's debut solo album and 2009 release and was met with generally positive reviews. Allmusic gave it 4 and Rolling Stone gave it 3/5. Read more
Published on April 5, 2010 by Bjorn Viberg
4.0 out of 5 stars A soothingly gloomy album . . .
This is an album worth hearing because it feels very natural and intimate. Whether or not you enjoy this album, it will give you the opportunity to see the world from the sad,... Read more
Published on April 25, 2009 by Kristin Grace Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars on your own,what took you so long!!!!
This years best, and will stay that until 2011.until his next project .PETER great job PeTER. !! CIAO BELLA.....
Published on March 27, 2009 by Joseph Imparato
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly good!
First thing I noticed about Pete Doherty's solo debut was the addition of an "r" to his forename, an attempt to leave the papparazzi infested past behind and forge ahead with more... Read more
Published on March 24, 2009 by Nse Ette
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