Between the much publicized drug habits, countless court appearances, super-model dating, and run ins with the paparazzi, it's hard to imagine the effort it took to get this record actually made. Now that it's here, it's nice to know Pete Doherty hasn't lost his writing chops in the haze of his recent chaotic existence.
Shotter's Nation proves to be a very cohesive and sometimes even a very coherent rock record. Fueled by some very positive buzz for the lead single, Delivery, the album straddles the busker-esque and garage styles that we first fell in love with, back when Pete was part of The Libertines. Granted, this still isn't up to par with The Libs work, but Shotter's Nation is by far the best, post-Libertine record from either Carl (Barat) or Pete.
The album kicks off in familiar territory with Carry On Up The Morning, a very Libertine sounding song structure, complete with competing vocal lines and odd chord changes. Pete does take the time to break...
It's the news of the world: Gigantic corporate record producers have hogtied Pete Doherty and are currently trying to make another Britney Spears out of him. Shotter's Nation, the second Babyshambles recording, is the first big snot-rocket out of the corporatized cannon.
To Doherty's adoring fans the above commentary might seem a little too negative, but for those of us who really appreciate Doherty's quasi-out-of-control guitar-playing and the devil-may-care production and musicianship attitude that has literally pervaded the man's career, well, we've got to get worried about Doherty. He's under a lot of pressure and Shotter's Nation is Exhibit One. If he completely straightens up, what's gonna happen? Another Eagles record?
The damage on Shotter's Nation is palpable. Gone are the almost-songs that made Doherty a household word. Gone is the impromptu spirit that made both The Libertines and the first Babyshambles outing so pleasingly shocking. Gone are...
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