The Libertines (2004) The British Strokes. This is the moniker that was lumped upon the skinny, drug-addled shoulders of the Clash-influenced Libertines last year -- when their Mick… 2004-08-31 The Libertines
Music Review

The Libertines (2004)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Aug 31, 2004; Lead Performance: The Libertines

The British Strokes. This is the moniker that was lumped upon the skinny, drug-addled shoulders of the Clash-influenced Libertines last year -- when their Mick Jones-produced debut, Up the Bracket, came out to well-deserved fanfare -- and it's just as fitting now. Like the Strokes on their own sophomore effort, the Libs thoroughly disappoint on this eponymous follow-up. Where their tunelessness once evoked spirited rarities from a Clash B-sides compilation, songs like the limp (yet aptly titled) ''Can't Stand Me Now'' show just how darn pointless the Libertines' tunelessness actually is.

Originally posted Sep 24, 2004 Published in issue #785 Sep 24, 2004 Order article reprints