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- Up The Bracket (Rough Trade) These characters certainly aren’t hurting for good press these days, but I really have no choice other than to fuel the fire.  I’m going to make a concerted effort not to go on and on here, but Up The Bracket is, quite simply, the best full-length album I’ve heard in some time.  If you’re not familiar with the Libertines yet- and if there’s any justice in the world, you soon will be- they sound like a drunken marriage between the Strokes and the Kinks. (Though I think they’re 10 times better than the overrated Strokes yet still far too young to be crowned with the greatness of the Kinks, but you know what I’m saying, right?).  The first time I listened to this disc, I thought it was cool but nothing all that special.  But as I played it more and more, I started yearning for it more and more.  For the last 4 days I’ve woken up with different Libertines songs looping through my brain.  Almost every cut on Up The Bracket is raucous, energetic, catchy and has at least one absolutely brilliant line in it (i.e. the excellent “Time For Heroes,” which starts out “Did you see the stylish kids in the riot?”).  And to top it all off, you know who produced this album?  None other than the legendary Mick Jones of The Clash.  ‘Nuff said. –Ben Hunter


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