Release Date: Apr 26, 2019
Record label: Redeye Music Distribution
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Pete's latest is an album of serene folk songs. The former kid in the riot now seems more at home as the old man by the sea "Let's get straight to the heart of the matter," sang Pete Doherty on The Libertines' long-awaited comeback album 'Anthems For Doomed Youth'. While a boisterous and rousing call-to-arms, that album did little to deal with the demons, bad blood and headlines that dogged their decade-long hiatus.
Roughly translated as ‘the motherfuckers’ they may be, but ol’ P-Do’s new comrades aren’t so much a rollocking gang of punk ruffians as shanty-favouring pub rockers. The PM’s question here, though, is what’s actually different? Aside from a dodgy vocal collab on ‘Paradise Is Under Your Nose’, the wistful laments and Arcadian lingo is very much Doherty business-as-usual. Much here sounds as though it could have been unearthed from the treasure trove of old demos the singer sporadically unloaded circa 2004; great for the die-hards, fairly inconsequential for everyone else.
Tortured, outrageous and unpredictable, few musicians can match the versatility or complexity of Peter Doherty. Poet. Musician. Songwriter. Prisoner. Recovering addict. Father. The many faces of Doherty have been documented over the course of almost two decades. The decadence and romanticism that ….