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Released: 14th November 2005.

Babyshambles - Down In AlbionHated by most, but loved by a fair few people, Babyshambles have certainally took thier time with thier debut album, and in between Pete, one of the media's best hate objects, has managed to put out three outstanding singles, building up anticipation for this, thier first long playing CD.

The album opens with a mysteriously farmiliar sounding song, which I have yet to figure out, but the deep bass of "La Belle Et La Bette" is truly addictive, and although it's pretty calm, it's a great way to start the album, which explodes automaticaly into the second and most successful single from the album, "F*ck Forever".

The rest of the album is just as good, if not better. From the energetic "Pipe Down", to the more subtle "32nd Of December", the whole album follows the general structure to what you'd expect - messy vocals, catchy melodies, and cheesewire guitar to the max, and as it winds down towards the end, tracks like "Albion", "In Love With A Feeling" and "Loyalty Song" show just how Pete and the gang can do the ballad.

Facing the mess Pete has made, and the enemies he's gained, the band is never going to be taken seriously, which is a shame, as this album will go majorly un-noticed to all those who won't see past the fact that Pete Doherty fronts the band.

* * * * (Twixy)

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