'Gripping' Album Tops Doherty Tabloid Drama

Babyshambles' latest draws thumbs up, thumbs down
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2007 4:11 PM CDT
British singer-songwriter Pete Doherty, ex-boyfriend of British model Kate Moss, leaves West London magistrates court after sentencing on drug and driving charges, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Kirsty...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kate Moss' ex, Pete Doherty, may have a rep as a “tawdry drug monster,” but detractors' opinions are sullying his band's great music, says Uncut, giving 5 of 5 stars to Babyshambles’ new release, Shotter’s Nation. The band's previous effort succeeded on “flinty spectrality,” but this one wins by sobering up: Babyshambles is “frighteningly functional” as Doherty goes to war against mediocrity.

Though confirming the view that every Babyshambles review is a “long-range character assessment” of the tabloid fixture, Drowned in Sound disagrees on Shotter’s merits, calling it “murky” and awarding it 5 of a possible 10. Doherty is certainly capable, but this is a measly effort, “mashed into place by clumsy guitar fingers.”