The question of what the first Libertines record in twelve years sounds like is akin to what sartorial and grooming changes a man goes through between his early 20's and his mid 30's. This record is cleaner and slower. The standout tracks are the ballads the piano driven You're My Waterloo and semi-acoustic Iceman. There are noteworthy rockers such as Glasgow Coma Scale Blues but most tracks are mid-tempo singalongs such as The Milkman's Horse. A more disciplined approach to recording and better musicianship (perhaps both a result of sobriety) yields a very good record that on songwriting ,removed from the anarchic playing of inspired youth, is somewhat on the level of their first two brilliant records.
Helen - THE ORIGINAL FACES
This is My Bloody Valentine filtered 3rd hand - A grandchild rather than a child of the original shoegazer sound. More from the Bilinda Butcher side of things with unintelligible female vocals that alternately soar above, push, and tug the melodies. It never gets too heavy alternating between poppy bursts of sunshine like Motorcycle and Alison and moodier tracks that still swing such as Dying All the Time. Fast and enjoyable!