100 Best Albums of the 2000s
The Libertines, 'Up the Bracket'
Before his life imploded in a shitstorm of tabloid idiocy, Libertines' singer-guitarist Pete Doherty and his songwriting partner Carl Barâ were on their way to becoming a shaggier, shiftier 2000s answer to Oasis. "It's not about tenements and needles / and the all the evils in their eyes," he sings "The Good Old Days." Uh, yeah it was. The Libs mixed the wistful melodies of the early Kinks with the bruised punk rock romanticism of John Thunders and the Heartbreakers, sounding totally knackered even as they flicked out ace melodies with the ease of someone tossing a lit cigarette out of a moving taxi cab.