Album: Peter Doherty, Grace/Wastelands (Parlophone)
Doherty gets serious... and pickpockets his heroes
Sunday 15 March 2009
An artist reverting to their full birth name is a time-honoured declaration that they want to be taken seriously.
So, Pete's got his R back in time for his first solo album to tell us that when he isn't trashing stately homes, he's a figure of great musical importance. As littered with cultural references as is his living room with empty cans (from Wilde's Salome to Isadora Duncan and the Third Reich), Grace/Wastelands is ultimately a lazy exercise in showing off his grounding in high culture. Everything is borrowed, from the Kinks-inspired "I Am the Rain" to the Bowie-esque "Broken Love Song". Producer Stephen Street, the go-to guy for English romanticism, lends it a grandeur it seldom deserves, although with the jazzy finger picking of "A Little Death Around the Eyes", the song actually rises to the occasion. The biggest surprise is the glimmering hint that Pete(r) Doherty still has greatness within him. If he spent more than a few snatched minutes working on his art in between orgies of hedonism, we might see it. You can bet your life Oscar did.
Pick of the Album: 'A Little Death Around the Eyes'
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Man on naked bike ride gets ejected after becoming aroused
- 2 Caitlyn Jenner's mother Ester thought her daughter, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, had transitioned for money
- 3 Charles Kennedy 1959-2015: A gifted, compassionate politician whose career was cut short by the 'demon drink' - latest news
- 4 Ann Summers survey reveals the UK's favourite sex position
- 5 Ayyan Ali: Pakistan's top model now appears in the courtroom rather than on the catwalk
The 1975 leave social-media after cryptic comic strip tweet hinting at possible break up
Britain's Got Talent producers apologise for not making Matisse dog double stunt 'clearer'
Britain's Got Talent 2015 final: Jules and Matisse used secret dog double for winning tightrope act
Netflix is testing out adverts
Game of Thrones season 5 episode 9: 'The Dance of Dragons' sees Jon Snow return to The Wall after epic Battle of Hardhome
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Why this year's general election was the most unfair in Britain's history