Dirty Pretty Things – Waterloo To Anywhere
So the top spot is occupied by the non-controversial half of the remains of one of the best short-lived fronting duos of recent times “The Libertines”. Carl Barat has hit a masterstroke on his next project unlike his former bandmate, the infamous Mr Doherty. The album is hook heavy which still appeals to the mainstream yet retaining enough guitar rawk and attitude to elevate them above your NME buzz bands. The punk sensibilities are evident on this album with many a 3 minute headbanging fist pumper, Exhibit A: “Deadwood” Exhibit B: “You Fucking Love It”. Its energy with which each song in crafted which places this album atop of the list, put this with great lyrics and infectious melodies makes for an awesome debut album. Top track is most definitely “Deadwood”, the tough album opener sets the mood with punky guitars and a catchy as hell melody which lodges itself in you head for hours to come. Lyrically this album can be seen as a backlash at Pete, its this almost transparent emotional messages which gives the album a edge above the run of the mill. None of the current UK indie/rock crop can even get close to tracks like “Blood Thirsty Bastards”, “Gin and Milk” or The Enemy” a credit to the songcraft of Barat. Also seeing these guys live I can only heap more praise as all the raw enthusiasm and lust for rock spreads like wildfire to the crowd. Rock and Roll really will live forever if Barat and Co have anything to do with it!
Top Track: Deadwood
Bring on 2007!!!
So close but yet so far…
The So Nearlys
John Mayer – Continuum, Band Of Horses – Everything of All Time, The Thermals – The Body, The Blood, The Machine, The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers, Billy Talent – Billy Talent II, The Rifles – No Love Lost, Rodrigo y Gabriela – s/t, DragonForce – Inhuman Rampage, Roadstar – Grand Hotel