Babyshambles
The Blinding


2.0
poor

Review

by Six Foot Revolver USER (7 Reviews)
December 24th, 2006 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pete proves his career isn't dead just yet.

This year has been a brilliant improvement for Pete Doherty. No I don’t mean his life is complete or anything but he has finally started to make some steady improvements. He managed to dodge jail, progress greatly in going clean, improved his relationship with Kate Moss and made up with Carl Barat [yet somehow he dropped from 8th to 28th on the NME cool list o noes!]. This year will be noted as one of the best in what can only be, hopefully, a brighter future for Mr. Doherty. Even though Pete hasn't accomplished much this year in the shape of music it IS the year that he left behind the Libertines for good. Babyshambles always seemed like Pete trying to re-live the glory days with The Libertines V2.0. However, with this EP he seems to have truly left The Libertines behind him and gone for a much more inventive and original approach on The Blinding. There are two songs you may have heard of this EP. The first is Love You But You’re Green which has been recently released. The other is Beg, Steal or Borrow which Pete played acoustically on several UK shows while promoting a festival performance they were doing. The latter of which is a far more interesting song but unfortunately the first is a more practical comparison to the rest of the EP.

Now, what makes this feel better than, their previous album, Down In Albion is the feeling that Pete has finally let The Libertines go. Not only this but it is also seems more like an album [well I say album, this is very much an EP lasting a mere 17 minutes] than Down In Albion which seemed more like a collection of songs. But after all that, this album certainly does have some flaws. As I just mentioned this EP is only 17 minutes; it is incredibly short. But to be fair, we really cannot complain about the length when a LP is expected from them in less than a years time. The Blinding can also be rather repetitive and occasionally even bland at times. However, it is an energetic and creative album that shows hope for Pete’s career and proves to us that he is far from dead.

The EP kicks off with The Blinding which, as much as I have said otherwise thus far, brings back memories of The Libertines. This track would be just at home on Up The Bracket [but in a good way] with it’s swinging energy and somewhat ‘jerky’ playing. The song really is a good one and is really the only track that sticks out on this EP. We then travel through to the single, Love You But You’re Green. This slows the album far down but to a pace that is not favourable of Doherty’s writing and seems a bit bland. I Wish takes the same style of the previous song but adds tons of Reggae influence to it. This adds a far more energetic and upbeat feel to it but, to be honest, it’s still pretty bland. Then it’s on to Beg, Steal or Borrow which was actually far better back when it was just Pete playing it acoustically. It suited the acoustic singer-songwriter feel much more but it is still a great song. The lyrics on this one are interesting and seem to be in the very open style of lyrics that Pete did on his collaboration with The Streets, Prangin’ Out. The album finishes off with Sedative which seems to have a very similar feel and just seems a bit dull and lifeless. Then it’s finished before it even began. A mere 17 minutes later and you’re wondering why your CD is so short. No it’s not the players fault this EP is authentically that short.

This is by no means a brilliant piece of work. This is an incredibly short and somewhat bland EP. However, this does show a lot of hope for Pete and The Babyshambles. Let’s hope he improves further on this next year with his new album and finally gets his life sorted. I really must apologise for the shortness of this review. With this being an EP, and a very short EP at that, there really isn’t much to write about =/.



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morrissey
Moderator
December 30th 2006


1688 Comments


I'm kind of confused that a "bland" and "repetitive" EP (repetitive with only 17 minutes of music? yikes!) would get a rating of 4?

Nice writing though.

Kaleid
December 30th 2006


711 Comments


Me too... if an album was expected in under a years time, why waste time and energy putting out 17 mins of something 'bland'?


All Tomorrows Parties
December 30th 2006


15 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I totally adored The Libertines but Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things before just piss me off completly and 'The Blinding EP' isn't that special, it's just some of the more tuneful moments off on 'Down In Albion' with better production

Majesty
January 2nd 2007


7 Comments


WOO!
I LOVED IT!

veggie 3.14
January 9th 2007


13 Comments


Review was a little confusing.... but I think I'll have to check this out.

Jmac87
January 11th 2007


17 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought it was pretty good, the review and the album. It's too bad the Babyshambles and Pete Doherty arent more popular in North America. He really is a good composer but just needs to stay away from the drugs. If he can stay clean for a long time, then I know he can make some really great music. People need to stop listening to the media when it comes to Pete, everytime they mention him, they add the words junkie or drug addict. Everytime!!! Yes he's had his problems in the past and will surely have lots in the future too, but who hasnt? Thats life and we all need to stop labeling him as this half-washed up junkie. Take John Frusciante for example, when he left the chili peppers in the early 90s, he was in a bad shape, taking more heroin then we can imagine, noone thought he'd go anywhere. But 6 years later he cleaned up, rejoined the group and now the chili peppers are bigger then ever, on top of that his solo career is doing great too. We just need to give Pete the chance he deserves. Watch, it may take a couple of years, but he'll get his shit together and impress us all. Oh, one last thing, Babyshambles isnt the Libertines. They are not the same band therefore why should they be expected to sound the same? Petes going in a different direction this time around and thats good. No one wants to hear the same type of songs again and again over the years.

Two-Headed Boy
January 11th 2007


4527 Comments


He makes a fair point.

mr2hard
April 26th 2007


5 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

A cock in Pete Doherty's ass.

cirq
December 2nd 2008


9264 Comments


Pete doherty is a silly bitch



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