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Time For Heroes: The Best Of The Libertines - Libertines

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Britpop / Artist: Libertines / Audio CD released 2007-10-29 at Rough Trade

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      18.10.2009 20:55
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      v good

      I used to get this lot muddled with The Strokes, I guess their sound is quite similar if you are a first time listener. I am unsure whether they warrant a best of album, considering they did not have that many hits, but this release packs thirteen tracks onto the disc.

      The cover artwork is a draw, all the band wearing very militant uniform is visually striking and harks back to the seventies with the imagery, so thumbs up in that department.

      'Up The Bracket' is causally delivered with a careless and appealing vocal from Pete. The backing vocals are warming and it is a good start to the album, though the tune is not that instant on first listen. Good bit of drum work on this one though, which really cuts through.

      'Time For Heroes' is better and has a difficult rhythm to access initially. It reminds me of The Smiths in the way it is structured, though the vocal remains the selling point. It is a solid vocal turn and the little pauses in the track are superb giving it attitude and distinction. Head to the rousing 'Can't Stand Me Now' which boasts an addictive and fruity guitar intro before Pete's fragrant vocals let rip with gusto. The emotion comes across really well on this one and the content is colourful. A stocky chorus ups the ante and it's one of those chant along songs that would make a fine soundtrack to an argument with a spouse!

      'Don't Look Back Into The Sun' feels very different, with an almost tribal drum intro paving the way for a confident and punk fuelled monster with an expolosive bit of guitar work. This is one of those tracks which is instant and bursting with manly energy.

      My final recommendation is the angry and intense 'I Get Along' which could easily have been a Sex Pistols track, the vocal is more wayward here and the group seem to be throwing caution to the wind, with a rhythm which is loose and daring.

      A solid best of for those who need to inject some rockyness into their mundane lives. Recommended.

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      09.07.2009 06:44
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      Good, but 'Up The Bracket' and 'The Libertines' are a better idea...

      While this CD is a good place to start if you're interested in The Libertines, in actuality it appears to be a quickly put-together attempt by Rough Trade to make more money off a deceased band. Which I suppose is fair enough, if I had THE BEST BAND EVER's catelogue, I'd resell sell sell!
      However, this could have been so much more. I was expecting them to release a longer-format dvd as was promised at the end of the release of 'The Libertines' +DVD release.
      But there is nothing here for a Libertines fan, because one most likely has everything on this CD. The B-sides included are not hard to get ahold of, and the majority is included on their two albums. So save yourself some money and just buy 'Up The Bracket' and 'The Libertines' because after you hear this, you will undoubtedly want more!
      Hopefully this best of collection will be outdated someday with some new Libertines music anyways!
      Five stars anyways, because one could never give The Libs less than 5/5!

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      24.10.2008 20:31
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      A good way to get in to a great band

      As i'm fairly young i never got into the liberteens when they were first around, which is a bit annoying, as they are awesome. Shamefully the first time I ever heard them was when "can't stand me now" was in the singles chart. I then heard Don't look back into the sun. These are two blinding songs and I love them. They, however are not my favourite on this album.

      That is on of the main reasons I would suggest buying this "best of" collection. It will give you an overview on the bands sound and probably turn you into a fan. What I love about the Liberteens is just how frantic they are. This is shown on "mayday", a very short song that rips past you like a hurricane. I also like how they can write really heartfelt and beautiful songs. One of my favourite songs EVER, is the stunning "France". This is a bonus track at the end of "What became of the likely lads" and its amazing. The liberteens also know how to write a good song. "What Katie Did", "What became of the likely lads" and "What A Waster" are all sing-along, catchy tunes. There is only one song i don't like and that is "I get along". But hey that's what the skip button is for.

      I highly recomend this collection as it is a good way to get in to this Brilliant band.

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      22.08.2008 21:21
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      Great as an introduction to the band

      Lets get this out of the way. I am a huge libertines fan. So naturally i would highly recommend this album! The libertines are one of the best bands I know and show real raw spirit in their music. This album combines the best of both albums that were released (Up the bracket and The Libertines) with nearly every track being just unbelievable. Tracks that are defiantly worth listening to include up the bracket, don't look back into the sun, what a waster and I get along. This album shows how great the libertines truly were, however I cant help but feel that some of the best tracks from both albums are missing. My favorite two songs by the libertines (haha wall and music when the lights go out) are both missing from this album so for me this album is a good introduction to the band however to truly appreciate how great Libs are you need to buy both albums and listen. you will not be disappointed.

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        21.08.2008 14:36
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        This is an absolute classic album for anyone who doesnt have the other two

        The Libertines were in my opinion one of the best bands around in the first few years of the 21st century. The quartet of Carl Barat, Pete Doherty, Gary Powell and John Hassall touched a generation with their music, singing of the topics like drugs and riots which few other mainstream bands dared to breach.

        I was, like many people in the country, taken in by their clumsy manner and hard hitting vocals. The two albums that they released during their relatively short time in the spotlight - "Up The Bracket" and the self-titled "Libertines" - shot them into fame pretty quickly, and I only really caught up at the release of the controvertial "Libertines" album (who's cover features Carl and Pete getting ready to 'shoot up').

        I think that the big argument that dogged the Libs during and after their success is whether they were only controversial, or a success in their own right. This compilation, "Time For Heroes: The Best Of The Libertines" attempts to rectify that.

        As an album, it makes good listening, and the choice of songs is fantastic, though I would have to question whether or not there is a need to release a compilation album for their original fans. There are no new tracks on the album, but there are 4 tracks - "What Katie Did", "Don't Look Back Into The Sun", "Mayday" and "Delaney" which are on neither of the previous albums but were released with singles or EPs. The song choice is pretty immaculate.

        1 Up The Bracket
        2 Time For Heroes
        3 Mayday
        4 Don't Look Back Into The Sun -
        5 Tell The King
        6 What Katie Did -
        7 Can't Stand Me Now -
        8 What A Waster
        9 The Delaney -
        10 Boys In The Band
        11 Death On The Stairs
        12 I Get Along
        13 What Became Of The Likely Lads -

        The album contains a lot of classic, though rather predictable, songs from the Libs, such as the classic "Don't Look Back Into The Sun", a track which has since been covered by more bands than I can name. It was their fourth single, but did not hit the heights of its predecessor "Time For Heroes" or its successor "Can't Stand Me Now" in my opinion. It is one of the songs which achieved commercial success, but in my opinion it is not one of their best.

        The other off-album tracks on the album are successful at keeping the attention of the listener, but not much more. They build up, but then stay at a relatively steady pace, leaving the audience wanting more.

        "Mayday" is probably the best - a really powerful track, its trapped in between "Time For Heroes" and "Don't Look Back Into The Sun", which works in its favour as it almost forces people to listen to it. "The Delaney Boys" is similar, but less successful - it gets off to a good start, but some of the instrumentals are a few bars too long. First person to guess who "What Katie Did" is about gets a pat on the back.

        All of the band's 6 singles are on the album. "Up The Bracket" opens the album, which works quite well as it builds momentum for the album, and "What A Waster" is also quite early in the album. The two of them slot into the album perfectly, and are both amazing singles on their own.

        The album contains a number of album-only songs in a little section at the end of this album. "Boys In The Band", "Death On The Stairs" and "I Get Along" are all good album tracks, but feel a bit like they've been added as a filler - they're not strong tracks, and they seem to have been added in due to the Lib's limited discography.

        The songs that stand out are, perhaps predictably, the three infamous singles "What Became Of The Likely Lads", "Time For Heroes" and "Can't Stand Me Now". Although they sound quite different, all three songs have quite a similar pattern, with the immediate, strong beginnings and the catchy lyrics which have a deeper meaning than the usual "indie anthems".

        "Time For Heroes", a song about the police brutality at the London riots in 2001 is both poignant and addictive, with more emotion than most ballads contained in its fast paced beat.

        "Can't Stand Me Now" is supposedly about the rift between Barat and Doherty, and one of those songs that is universally relateable. I think I'm right in saying it was the Libs most successful single, and it is obvious why. The beat and fury of the song is immense, and helps you forget about the drugs and the alcohol and the controversy and just see the band as normal people who don't always get on. The vocals are at times bitter and cutting, and in their live shows this was always a quite awkward one to watch, though painfully powerful.

        "What Became Of The Likely Lads" is the closing song on the album, and is a fitting end to the album. The band's last single was designed to be their swansong, and is a really emotive number about the collapse of their relationship.

        I think that sometimes Pete Doherty's lifestyle choices overshadow the amazing musician that he once was. This album is like a collage of the talents of Doherty and Barat, and shows how good they once were.

        If you like bands like Dirty Pretty Things or Babyshambles (obvious, but worth mentioning), The Strokes or The Arctic Monkeys, then you should give this album a go. It is currently the same price as either of the band's other albums, so you're not losing much going for this over their initial albums.

        Personally, I love the band and think that if you don't have the band's albums then this is the one to get. It has most of the good songs on it, and is cheaper than buying the two albums. It costs around £8 as of August 08, so is well worth it.

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        Disc #1 Tracklisting
        1 Up The Bracket
        2 Time For Heroes
        3 Mayday
        4 Don't Look Back Into The Sun*
        5 Tell The King
        6 What Katie Did
        7 Can't Stand Me Now
        8 What A Waster
        9 The Delaney
        10 Boys In The Band
        11 Death On The Stairs
        12 I Get Along
        13 What Became Of The Likely Lads