Album Review: "All Quiet On the Eastern Esplanade" By The Libertines (7/10)

Casablanca/Republic Records
Producer: Dimitri Tikovi

It’s been almost nine years since the last recording from these English post-punk luminaries. One might expect the passage of so much time to have spurred a notable artistic shift, yet that isn’t the case. Instead, the cooled tension between Pete Doherty and Carl Barat seems to have made their sound more focused but less dangerous. The song remains the same, with Clash-like grooves, pithily dark lyrics and canyon-sized choruses sure to trigger euphoria among longtime fans. Those who never liked the act are unlikely to become converts.