Release Date: Oct 26, 2004
Record label: Universal / Vertigo
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
Razorlight's Johnny Borrell emerged from the same East End squat scene as the Libertines, and it's a shame they didn't get a record out first, because the similarities are more than superficial. To a soundtrack of catchy, fidgety punk, both bands chart a London underworld teeming with urchins and scallywags. But while the Libertines invent their own peculiar mythology, Borrell's is overfamiliar, whether he is name-dropping Bukowski with sixth-form self-consciousness or rhyming "rock'n'roll lies" with "rock'n'roll eyes".