Carl Barat and the Jackals, Let it Reign


If the 10 songs which make up Let it Reign are anything to go by then the new Libertines album, due later this year, is going to be a cracker.

Barat is half of the Libs’ beating heart alongside the infamous Pete Doherty, and may be wanting to prove a point with this album  as to who the real talent in that band is, but logic surely dictates that he would not schedule a new Libertines record and then release all his best songs under his own name first.

That being the case, we are in for a treat. Let it Reign could well be the Libertines, combining as it does classic-era Clash with Blur and a hint of The Smiths, not forgetting to add in a liberal dose of melody.

Barat’s voice is a love-it-or-hate-it affair, but his way with words and ability to convey emotion is undeniable – as is his talent with a melody, with lifts every song here above the guitar rock norm.

Like this? Try these: Blur, Blur; The Clash, London Calling

By Andrew Greenhalgh

twitter: @adjgreenhalgh


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