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Dirty Pretty Things: Waterloo to Anywhere (Album Review)

“If you love a woman, you musn’t beat her” howls Carl Barat on “If You Love A Women”

I would like to take this time to thank Mr. Barat for his advice on domestic bliss. See, I’ve been under the assumption that women wanted to be treated like Ike treated Tina. No wonder I’m single..

Lately, most of the attention has been given to Barat’s ex partner in crime, Pete Doherty. As Doherty stumbles inebriated down a road that even Keith Richards wouldn’t travel, Barat is coming into his own as an amazing songwriter. I’ll admit, I overlooked this band and record. I thought that it wouldn’t be as good as the Babyshambles record that came out recently. Well, I am man enough to admit I was wrong.

When I heard the first few notes of the opener “Deadwood” I knew that this record was going to be a barnburner. It sways and swaggers like a leather clad teddy boy of days past, but with more attitude than my sassy 11 year old niece. It’s pure bratty English rock n roll at it’s finest. Sing-a-long choruses and guitar hooks leaner than burgers cooked on a George Foreman grill. I can honestly say that there is not a single song on here I wouldn’t listen to. In fact, I’ve listened to this record 10 times tonight, and when I wake up tomorrow, I’m gonna listen to it ten times more. Who’s gonna stop me? Not you, that’s for sure.

The music is mostly upbeat rockers, especially “Deadwood” and “Bang Bang Your Dead.” Which I believe were released as a single, as I’ve gathered from the Dirty Pretty Things website. Then there’s the song “Blood Thirsty Bastards” where Barat reflects on what seems to be the world around him. A world where everyone is only out for himself/herself, not caring about anything or anyone else. “The Last of the Small Town Playboys” plays out like demented carnival music, until the chorus, when the guitars get big and raunchy. The bass rumbles under the twin guitar attack, and for a moment I see a bastard clown dancing across the midway. This record comes on strong and never lets up. The lyrics are witty and as a whole, the record is a non stop collection of excellently written songs. In my opinion, this is one of the best records of 2006 so far.The only complaint I have is the the length of the record. It’s kinda short (37 minutes) and leaves me wanting more. If your a fan of the Libertines/Babyshambles don’t overlook Dirty Pretty Things like I almost did, you might miss something special.

Dirty Pretty Things “Waterloo to Anywhere” is available Monday as an import, no American release date has been set yet. (Review by: Casey Schroeder)