Dirty Pretty Things–Deadwood

The flip side to the Libertines breakup coin is Dirty Pretty Things.  If Pete Doherty took all the poetry with him to Babyshambles and his solo work, then Carl Barat brought all the snearing rock and roll energy to his early work with Dirty Pretty Things.  Deadwood is one of several tracks on debut Waterloo to Anywhere that addresses the breakdown of Barat’s friendship with Doherty and it certainly sounds like a track from the second half of The Libs’ eponymous album.  Jagged, roguish guitar plunges you straight back into the pirate’s den, while Barat’s heavily overdubbed vocals hint at an old-fashioned, ramshackle sing-along.  Full of of snotty, confident attitude, it solidifies the truth that two men were needed to produce The Libertines’ unique alchemy.


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