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All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade

The Libertines

All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade

First full-length album for nine years from the British indie rock band led by Carl Barât and Pete Doherty produced by Dimitri Tikovoï (Placebo, The Horrors, Charli XCX)

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  1. 10.0 |   XS Noize

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  2. 9.0 |   Clash

    The Libertines have always told stories about; both their own Odyssean relationships, and their reflections on more detached times gone by. But on ‘All Quiet…’, we hear indie music’s prodigal hedonists-slash-heroes looking outward at today’s politicians, wars and crises for the first time
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  3. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Its 11 new tunes display energetic rock-pop hooks, plenty going on in the lyrics, and Doherty in good voice
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Doherty's songwriting rises to the occasion. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The Libertines’ most ambitious and expansive record to date
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    The band’s first album in nearly a decade doesn’t chase the same intoxicating high as their early material. They sound better for it
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  7. 7.0 |   DIY

    It has the hallmarks of the Likely Lads’ heyday - to an extent
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  8. 7.0 |   All Music

    While the Libertines still haven't fully seized the opportunity to define what they could be as veterans instead of upstarts, All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade still sounds more like the product of a working band than Anthems for Doomed Youth did, and offers enough good and great moments to keep fans believing
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  9. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    On their second album since reforming in 2010, the UK’s once-notorious indie rockers settle into the congenial sound of a pretty good band
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  10. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    The Libertines’ All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade is something of mixed bag, but it’s worth persisting with for its moments of beauty and always fun energy
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  11. 6.0 |   musicOMH

    Pete Doherty and Carl Barât are, it seems, settling quite nicely into a once unimaginable middle age
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  12. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The Libertines are still doing what they’ve always done. They’re just doing it in a safer, more predictable way
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  13. 4.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    Doherty sounds tired, abandoning nostalgia for kitschy gestures. Barât has fun, putting on his old jacket and playing rockstar, but he’s not rethinking his role as musician, or portraying growth as a songwriter
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