Turbulent Post-Punks THE LIBERTINES Released Their Debut Album ‘UP THE BRACKET’ 20 Years Ago

Back in time

15 October 2022

Active: 1997–2004, 2014–present / 3 studio LPs

Anniversary album: UP THE BRACKET
Released: 14 October 2002 – 20 years ago

AllMusic: “Though the album is a bit short at 36 minutes, that’s long enough to make it a brilliant debut; the worst you can say about its weakest tracks is that they’re really solid and catchy. Punk poets, lagered-up lads, London hipsters — the Libertines play many different roles on Up the Bracket, all of which suit them to a tee. At this point in their career they’re not as overhyped as many of their contemporaries, so enjoy them while they’re still fresh.”
Score: 4.5/5

NME placed the album tenth in a list of the greatest British albums
ever, as well as calling it the second greatest album of the decade.

TUTV: Good debut but not the classic the (British) press thought it was.
The fact that the production (by The Clash hero Mick Jones) was mediocre
didn’t help. Wait, don’t go away, their 2nd self-titled debut LP, now that
was a brilliant one.

Top Track: I Get Along

Stream full album on Spotify

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