Up the Bracket

Up the Bracket

As The Strokes and White Stripes were importing stateside garage-rock grit to the UK in 2002, Up the Bracket channeled raucous British raconteurs like The Kinks and The Jam to mobilize a new generation of mouthy wasters. From the tetchy title track to the tipsy “Boys in the Band,” The Libertines are the pub-stool prophets who want to confront you one moment and put you in a loving headlock the next—all while charming you into buying their next drink.

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