THIS ALBUM IS NOT DOOMED BUT BOUND FOR GREATNESS

 

 

ALBUM TITLE    :        ANTHEMS FOR DOOMED YOUTH

ARTIST               :        THE LIBERTINES

GENRE                :        ROCK

DATE RELEASED:        2015

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Reading an album title like Anthems for Doomed Youth, you would really think that this is a noisy album and the lyrics are full of angst.  It is like a title taken out from any of The Smiths album or any punk rock band during the late 70’s and early 80’s.  Perhaps, punk is indeed the inspiration of this band as after listening to the whole album, you could say that their musical style merges punk and indie rock.  It is like Oasis meets The Smiths. Here is a track by track review of this album.

  • Barbarian – sounds like early The Kinks single. The lyrics is quite hard to decipher and probably it talks about handling fame and fans.
  • Gunga Din – the lyrics in this song could be the thoughts of Edgar Allan Poe when he was not drowning with alcohol when he tried writing poems and other literary endeavors.

Watch official VEVO video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEf27xuYcw4

  • Fame and Fortune – is another song where The Libertines have proven once and for all that they can write intelligent songs despite writing about trite and tested themes like fame and fortune.
  • Anthem for Doomed Youth – this is probably one of the lightest song musically that the band did. The musical style infused in this song is like merging Morrisey and Oasis.  It is like listening to 80’s Morrisey and Oasis’ Wonderwall.

Watch the live performance here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pthWGUFpUhI

  • You’re My Waterloo – is a song of longing despite some few angry lyrics. It is quite heartbreaking listening to this song as you can really feel disappointment but still longing for the person.  The comparison between Judy Garland or Tony Hancock is quite interesting as the song might be referring to drug abuse too. It is like releasing personal demons.

Watch official VEVO video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y82uMwGFfVI

  • Belly of the Beast – you knew that this song is all about experiences on drug rehab in Bangkok as Doherty was admitted for his crack and heroin abuse.
  • Iceman – the grungest of all the songs in here and as the title suggest, this is a song about drug dealers.
  • Heart of the Matter – probably this is the angry way to discuss about surviving.

Watch official VEVO video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-AC0VeRETc

  • Fury of Chonburi – in this song, The Libertines is probably relieving the lost glory of punk rock era as this is perhaps the punkest song that rock fans ever heard for a long time. The song is probably an ode to drug rehabilitation as Chonburi is a place in Thailand where Doherty had a stint in one of the rehab facilities there.
  • The Milkman’s Horse – is quite an oddball in this album, as the musical structure is very pop. You can hear some dance music screaming “give us the remix or dance version.”
  • The Glasgow Coma Scale Blues – is another intelligent song from The Libertines and this time they talked about the troubles the band experienced over the years. The lyrics of the song suggested that there are no fingerpointing involved instead, they want to be conscious of the events that led to the band’s trouble.  It is about reuniting and leaving the issues at the door.
  • Dead for Love – is kind of a reflective song and it is like watching a black and white movie where the major star walked in the forest puffing cigarettes and looking at the sky from time to time.

After listening to the whole album, you can say that The Libertines is one of the best things that happen to rock music. This album proved that despite the band’s history of troubles, it can still deliver songs with intelligent lyrics and uncompromising sound.  With that , this album deserved a 4 star ratings.

 

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

• Fame and Fortune – is another song where The Libertines have proven once and for all that they can write intelligent songs despite writing about trite and tested themes like fame and fortune.
• Anthem for Doomed Youth – this is probably one of the lightest song musically that the band did. The musical style infused in this song is like merging Morrisey and Oasis. It is like listening to 80’s Morrisey and Oasis’ Wonderwall.
Watch the live performance here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pthWGUFpUhI

• You’re My Waterloo – is a song of longing despite some few angry lyrics. It is quite heartbreaking listening to this song as you can really feel disappointment but still longing for the person. The comparison between Judy Garland or Tony Hancock is quite interesting as the song might be referring to drug abuse too. It is like releasing personal demons.
Watch official VEVO video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y82uMwGFfVI

• Belly of the Beast – you knew that this song is all about experiences on drug rehab in Bangkok as Doherty was admitted for his crack and heroin abuse.
• Iceman – the grungest of all the songs in here and as the title suggest, this is a song about drug dealers.
• Heart of the Matter – probably this is the angry way to discuss about surviving.
Watch official VEVO video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-AC0VeRETc

• Fury of Chonburi – in this song, The Libertines is probably relieving the lost glory of punk rock era as this is perhaps the punkest song that rock fans ever heard for a long time. The song is probably an ode to drug rehabilitation as Chonburi is a place in Thailand where Doherty had a stint in one of the rehab facilities there.
• The Milkman’s Horse – is quite an oddball in this album, as the musical structure is very pop. You can hear some dance music screaming “give us the remix or dance version.”
• The Glasgow Coma Scale Blues – is another intelligent song from The Libertines and this time they talked about the troubles the band experienced over the years. The lyrics of the song suggested that there are no fingerpointing involved instead, they want to be conscious of the events that led to the band’s trouble. It is about reuniting and leaving the issues at the door.
• Dead for Love – is kind of a reflective song and it is like watching a black and white movie where the major star walked in the forest puffing cigarettes and looking at the sky from time to time.
After listening to the whole album, you can say that The Libertines is one of the best things that happen to rock music. This album proved that despite the band’s history of troubles, it can still deliver songs with intelligent lyrics and uncompromising sound. With that , this album deserved a 4 star ratings.

Ratings Description:
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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