Dirty Pretty Things
Waterloo to Anywhere



by dollimon USER (1 Reviews)
May 9th, 2006 | 12 replies

Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Doctors and Dealers
Bang Bang You're Dead
Blood Thirsty B***ards
The Gentry Cove
Gin & Milk
The Enemy
If You Love A Woman
You F***ing Love It
Last of the Small Town Playboys

Right, so Dirty Pretty Things then. Dirty Pretty Things are a band formed by 'the other' Libertine, Carl Barat, after the collapse of the Libertines due to the erratic behaviour of Pete Doherty, whose drug addictions, clashes with the British tabloids and relationship with Kate Moss led him to form Babyshambles after he was considered too much of a chaotic mess by the rest of the band to continue touring. As Doherty's band released a good, if slightly mediocre album, 'Down In Albion', in late 2005, Barat was working on new band Dirty Pretty Things, putting together a group he felt could carry on where he couldn't continue with the Libertines.

Libertines bassist John Hassall left to form Yeti, a band in a similar vein to the Libertines, while Barat kept hold of drummer Gary Powell, a man whose drumming seemed to hold the loose post garage punk stylings of the Libertines together. Barat then brought another guitarist, Anthony Rossomando and former Cooper Temple Clause bassist Didz Hammond. The band toured in late 2005 and into 2006 before recording their debut album, 'Waterloo To Anywhere.'

And here it is, an album that has been almost lusted after by many Libertines fans after the letdown that Doherty's album turned out to be. So is it better than 'Down In Albion'" Yes. Is it better than either of the Libertines albums" Maybe. Some will argue, I'm sure, but it is possibly better than 'The Libertines' if not as good as 'Up The Bracket', the Libertines debut.

In the album itself, it appears that Barat wats to purge himself of the mess that surrounded Doherty towards the end of The Libertines and the break up of a great friendship. In the lead single, 'Bang Bang You're Dead', Barat looks to nail the final nail in the coffin of his friendship with Doherty, or at least their artistic kinship. 'I knew all along...about the seeds of the weeds, that grew in your heart' he sings with a rasping chorus of 'Bang bang, you're dead, always so easily led.' Here we have a Barat hellbent on exorcising his demons about the breakup of a musical mariage that was almost as big for Libertines fans as the Marr/Morrissey split was for Smiths fans. The rest of the album, barring the almost ballady B.U.R.M.A, has a similarly relentless pace, the two guitars clashing satisfyingly while the rhythm section keeps the whole album sounding tight. The highlights on the album are varied, the clashing post punk yelping of 'You F***ing Love It' and opening track 'Deadwood' being highlights on a strong album, while 'Gin & Milk' is also an outstanding song with the chorus of 'Nobody gives a f*** about the values i care for...Give me something to die for' again harking back to the Libertines split.

The only bad point that I can make out about this album is that, where Babyshambles clearly missed Barat's influence in keeping the whole album tight and thinning out the filler a bit, 'Waterloo To Anywhere' appears to miss the more poetic Doherty in giving it a slightly softer song that may have made the album better

Overall this is an outstanding album, if you were looking forward to 'Down In Albion' and felt let down, give this a go, it's the most Libertines-esque thing around at the minute and the band do not seem in a rush to be found face down in a pub toilet or taken to court for possession of narcotics.

Closest thing to the Libertines at the moment
Good musicianship and lyrics

Misses Doherty's more poetic nature
Another band for NME to ridiculously over hype

Bang Bang You're Dead
Gin & Milk
You F***ing Love It

NB: Please go easy on me, this is my first ever review! cheers

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May 9th 2006


Damn fine album, but I'm surprised that you didn't write something about 'Enemy'. I thought that was a really great track.

May 9th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

yeh i would have in hindsight, i didn't think about a lot of the tracks, i mainly looked at personal favourites, despite the fact i'm fond of the whole album. you live and you learn i guess!

May 10th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty good for a first review, I can see you tried to keep it honest.

The album itself is actually quite nice, although I think they went a bit overboard on the purposely messy production, there are still some great tunes here. I think the only thing it misses doherty for, is the lyircs. Barats' are not too bad, but he's no special talent like Doherty.

Anyways, I might still review this after a few listens, but only if my verdict becomes radically different to yours.This Message Edited On 05.10.06This Message Edited On 05.10.06

May 12th 2006


I was a huge Libertines fan and I think Barat and Doherty were two incredible songwriters but I really can't get into Dirty Pretty Things. Barat isn't doing anything new at all here, its just The Libertines watered-down. But still, rather DPT then Babyshambles.

May 31st 2006


Did Mick Jones produce this? hence the usual messy, live take production?

July 14th 2006


It's grown on me :-)

August 12th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

carl barat seems alot more at home away from the libertines, it's less compromised from his point of view. The messyness on the album is great, at times it's like retro!! Awsome

August 30th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Great album! Wish there was a bit more detail for the individual songs, otherwise good first review.

November 3rd 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty much hit the nail on the head with this review! I decided not to comment til I heard the entire album - this is the true heir of the Libertines throne - Doherty isnt really missed at all

May 1st 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

good rewiew, but i think that "Down in Albion" is a good album, too, although it needs to been listened so many times to been appreciated.

August 12th 2009


Album Rating: 4.0

really, really good album

August 3rd 2017


Album Rating: 2.0

bad sucks

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