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Libertines - All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade

  by Nick Dent-Robinson

published: 4 / 5 / 2024

Libertines - All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade
Label: EMI
Format: CD


Ramshackle but effective first album in nine years from The Libertines

The Libertines – older, wiser and reportedly now drug-free - return with their first new album in nine years. Called ‘All Quiet On The Eastern Front’, the title reflects Erich Maria Remarque's anti-war novel ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’ as well as the location of the quartet's new HQ in Margate. The album's songs are a mix of anthems of the kind featured in the band's 2003 ‘Don't Look Back Into The Sun’ and Pete Doherty's more reflective, nostalgic character sketches. French record producer Dimitri Tikovoi uses strings, brass and fine backing vocalists to strengthen the band's guitar sound and at one point there is even an excerpt from Tchaikovsky's ‘Swan Lake’! Overall, though, there is a ramshackle charm about this album which may help win The Libertines some new fans!

Track Listing:-
1 Run Run Run
2 Mustangs
3 I Have A Friend
4 Merry Old England
5 Man With The Melody
6 Oh Shit
7 Night Of The Hunter
8 Baron's Claw
9 Shiver
10 Be Young
11 Songs They Never Play On The Radio

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