September 24, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a C

The British Strokes. This is the moniker that was lumped upon the skinny, drug-addled shoulders of the Clash-influenced Libertines last year — when their Mick Jones-produced debut, Up the Bracket, came out to well-deserved fanfare — and it’s just as fitting now. Like the Strokes on their own sophomore effort, the Libs thoroughly disappoint on this eponymous follow-up. Where their tunelessness once evoked spirited rarities from a Clash B-sides compilation, songs like the limp (yet aptly titled) ”Can’t Stand Me Now” show just how darn pointless the Libertines’ tunelessness actually is.

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