Album: Babyshambles, Sequel to the Prequel (EMI)

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The Doherty debate – a wasted talent, or just a talent for getting wasted? – leans closer to the latter with every passing year.

A Libertines reunion album nowhere in sight, we get this instead: bog-standard shamateur indie rock, with riffs borrowed from The Smiths and Velvets, lyrics borrowed from Dylan and Iggy, hackneyed "Korea/career" rhymes and pseudo-bohemian lines. At the age of 34, a supposed poet ought to have more in the locker.