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  • Audio CD (March 18, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • ASIN: B000089RVY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,802 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Vertigo
2. Death On The Stairs
3. Horrow Show
4. Time For Heroes
5. Boys In The Band
6. Radio America
7. Up The Bracket
8. Tell The King
9. The Boy Looked At Johnny
10. Begging
11. The Good Old Days
12. I Get Along
13. What A Waster

Editorial Reviews

Can the debut album from London dandies the Libertines live up to the hype? With the Clash's Mick Jones at the production helm, gravelly tracks such as "Horror Show" and "The Boy Looked at Johnny" rattle along like first-gen punk classics. But like the Strokes, the Libertines manage to imbue snotty garage rock with a sort of wistful romanticism that adds genuine soul to their raucous clatter. Although there's no sign of "What a Waster," the single that made their name, there's no shortage of excellent tunes here. "Boys in the Band" is an affectionate ode to a groupie, with frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat hollering: "And they all get 'em out / For the boys in the band." "I Get Along" proves that these boys have a knack for penning tight, nervy songs that evoke the Jam and the Buzzcocks. --Louis Pattison

Customer Reviews

It wasn't the lyrics, it wasn't the look, it was the music and, THE SOUND!
John D. Flores
I will be looking forward to the newest release from the libertines, the best band to come out of england in many years!
A Streetpunk
Well I bought the album after hearing the song up the bracket and thought it was pretty good.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cary S. Whitt on May 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Like everyone else, I've heard all the comparisions, all the hype, and definitely all of the vaulted expectations for this band long before "Up The Bracket" had a release date.
I'm here to put your worries to rest folks. This indeed, is a great record. Oh yes, they sound like The Jam one minute, Madness the next and sometimes even The Clash too, but don't let that make you put this album back on the shelf. There is enough depth, talent and fun to rise far above the imitations.
"Up The Bracket" is filled with your classic Brit-punk single fare. Time For Heroes, What A Waster and Boys In The Band, all fit this bill to a "t." Every song is well written with great, sing-a-long pop melodies and a touch of punk angst and matching tempo thrown in for good measure. I also love tunes like Vertigo and Death On The Stairs for their Smiths-like musings. Somehow, the band bring all these influences and attitudes together throughout the entire record with some help from great production, or lack there-of. It's this production (coming from Mick Jones of The Clash) that has enough attitude and raw energy to fill a Sex Pistol yacht party. Making "Up The Bracket" the latest great link in the Brit-Rock chain.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I had heard a bit about this band before I heard it playing in the CD store and impulse-bought it. Any given review of "Up The Bracket" compared it to the same set of bands: The Clash, The Jam, The Kinks, and The Strokes. As much as I loved the Strokes' debut album, The Libertines are doing it better...The melodies are more complex, the hooks are catchier, the production is rawer. This album will insinuate itself into heavy rotation on your stereo if you give it a chance. The faster, punkier songs will grab your attention at first, but it's the slower tracks that really stick.
Apparently there are two singers (though i can't tell who's who), and they are both big fans of degenerate debauchery. It sounds like they have to play this way or die, and its this urgency that's kept the best tracks on my iPod, and in my head, for the past week.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Martin Dawson on December 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Rock 'n' Roll Mythology. The Band as Mates. Albion. The Last Gang In Town. And so on...

Certain bands invite this. The belief that they are more important than just the music. We are talking lifestyle decisions, I suppose. Whilst The Clash obviously spring to mind in this respect (and courtesy of Mick Jones' production and the very nature of these songs I suppose they have to be the obvious reference point here in many regards...) it is equally as obvious that so do The Libertines.

This is rowdy, this is frantic rock 'n' roll and this is -crucially- about walking it like you talk it. "But I've never seen those flowers in the barrel of your gun" sneers Carl Barat poetically at one stage. Crucially.

There is nothing approaching a bad song, no filler, nothing less than rousing. Whether we're talking about Pete Doherty's perfect anthem of 'A Time For Heroes' where riots, "truncheons and shields", suspected infidelities and scenes of wasted youth meet and meld seamlessly or the song 'Up The Bracket' itself, almost tripping itself up in its running-ahead-of-itself frenzy what we are actually talking about is classic song after classic song.

The distinctions between pop, rock and punk are now so blurred that I didn't listen to this album initially and think 'oh, it's punk'. I thought 'oh my god, what SONGS!'. Things have moved on and there is nothing of the shock of the 'new' here - just quality songwriting. Which is more than enough.

'Vertigo' feels just right, just like it should as a dizzying opener and then 'Death On The Stairs' retains the air of bravado and so on...Each song a rush of adrenaline itself.

I sincerely believe that this is one of the best 20 albums ever released and am confident that it will last.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By alexliamw on October 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was most excited about this album. The Libertines are my great hopes for this year and following the failures of my previous hopes for the next best thing (Terris, who just weren't commercial enough, and King Adora, whose album simply wasn't good enough) I thought it could be third time lucky. Their single What A Waster/I Get Along is surely the best debut single in a very long time, and the album's title track is equally brilliant, and with both making the Top 30, plus the album being produced by Mick Jones of The Clash, I was hoping for great things.
Well, to begin with, Up The Bracket bears very few surprises. This is a shambling, deliberately rawly-produced punk rock album as indicated by the singles. The songs comically but accurately portray London life (if you are someone like these guys, and let's face it, few people are).
The lumping of The Libertines with The Strokes, Hives et al in the garage-rock movement is, I feel, a little unfair. The Libertines sounds far rawer, edgier and punkier than any of these other bands. While The Strokes may be heavily influenced by punk, it is somewhat mislabelling them to call them a punk band, while for The Libertines it is not. The Libertines are also more exciting than any of these bands, I feel.
But can they carry it out over an album? The worry is that The Libertines' album tracks will not be half as good as their singles. Alarmingly, scanning the tracklist, only one half of their debut single is included: I Get Along. What A Waster not being included is on a par with Bohemian Rhapsody not being included on the US greatest hits of Queen: a travesty, it being The Libertines' best song.
Nevertheless, Up The Bracket is a promising album.
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