Down in Albion

Down in Albion
Down in Albion
Studio album by Babyshambles
Released November 14, 2005 (2005-11-14)
Recorded 2005
Genre Indie Rock
Garage Punk
Garage Rock
Length 63:49
Label Rough Trade
Producer Mick Jones
Babyshambles chronology
Down in Albion
The Blinding EP
Pete Doherty chronology
The Libertines
Down In Albion
The Blinding EP

Down in Albion is the debut album by Babyshambles, Pete Doherty's post-Libertines band.

Down in Albion was released on November 14, 2005 on Rough Trade Records, although it was leaked on to the Internet on October 19, 2005. Produced by Mick Jones, Down in Albion contains a rerecorded version of their second single "Killamangiro" as well as a reggae track, "Pentonville". The inclusion of "Albion" is controversial among fans, due to the song's history as a fan favorite from the days of The Libertines. Down in Albion,[1] telling the tale of a beauty and a beast.

The first track, "La Belle et la Bête" (French for "Beauty and the Beast"), features the vocals of Doherty's then-girlfriend Kate Moss, and "Pentonville" was written by Doherty and The General, a friend he met whilst an inmate in Pentonville Prison.[2] The album was seen as a move away from The Libertines' style of music.[3]

The artwork for the album was created by Doherty.[4]



Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 56[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[6]
BBC Collective 3/5 stars[7]
Jam! 3/5 stars[8]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[9]
The Observer 3/5 stars[10]
PopMatters 8/10[11]
Pitchfork Media 7.7/10[12]
Rolling Stone favorable[13]
Stylus Magazine B-[14]
Yahoo! Music 6/10 stars[15]

The album received mixed reviews on release, with some journalists feeling that it sounded "lazy", suffered from bad production and failed to live up to the standard of Doherty's previous material[16][17][18] (a few of the tracks on this album made their debut on various sessions recorded by The Libertines).

Track listing

All tracks by Pete Doherty unless otherwise stated.

  1. "La Belle et la Bête" (featuring Kate Moss) (Pete Doherty, Chevalley, Peter Wolfe) – 5:05
  2. "Fuck Forever" (Doherty, Patrick Walden) – 4:37
  3. "À rebours" – 3:23
  4. "The 32nd of December" – 3:08
  5. "Pipedown" (Doherty, Walden) – 2:35
  6. "Sticks and Stones" (Doherty, Wolfe) – 4:51
  7. "Killamangiro" – 3:13
  8. "8 Dead Boys" – 4:16
  9. "In Love with a Feeling" – 2:51
  10. "Pentonville" Feat. The General (General Santana) – 3:49
  11. "What Katy Did Next" (Doherty, Alan Wass) – 3:07
  12. "Albion" – 5:24
  13. "Back from the Dead" (Doherty, Wolfe) – 2:52
  14. "Loyalty Song" (Doherty, Walden) – 3:32
  15. "Up the Morning" – 5:43
  16. "Merry Go Round" – 5:22



Chart performance

Chart (2005) Providers Peak
UK Albums Chart[19] BPI/The Official UK Charts Company 10
European Top 100 Albums - 32
French Albums Chart[19] SNEP/IFOP 72
German Albums Chart[19] Media Control 46
Irish Albums Chart[19] IRMA 28
Swedish Albums Chart[19] GLF 46
Italian Albums Chart[20] FIMI 99
Swiss Albums Chart[19] Media Control 93
Chart (2006) Providers Peak
Austrian Albums Chart[19] Media Control 52

See also


  1. ^ O'Keefe, Alice (2005-10-16). "Doherty reveals his sensitive side". The Observer.,,1593322,00.html. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 
  2. ^ "Doherty Raps with Cellmate". Retrieved 2007-03-21. 
  3. ^ Schild, Matt. "Babyshambles: Down in Albion Review". Retrieved 2007-03-24. "Dropping the punked-up hysteria of The Libertines for a more laid-back sound" 
  4. ^ (2005) Album notes for Down in Albion by Babyshambles [booklet]. Rough Trade Records (RTRADCD290).
  5. ^ "Down In Albion - Babyshambles". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  6. ^ Phares, Heather. "Down in Albion". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  7. ^ Turnbull, Stuart (2005-11-11). "BBC - collective - babyshambles 'down in albion'". BBC Collective. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  8. ^ Sterdan, Darryl (2006-05-12). "DOWN IN ALBION - Albion a beautiful mess". Jam!. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  9. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (2005-11-11). "Babyshambles, Down in Albion". The Guardian.,16373,1639151,00.html. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  10. ^ Savage, Jon (2005-11-20). "Babyshambles, Down in Albio". The Observer.,,1644894,00.html. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  11. ^ Kootnikoff, David (2005-11-04). "Babyshambles: Down in Albion". PopMatters. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  12. ^ Khong, Rachel (2005-11-10). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Babyshambles: Down in Albion". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  13. ^ Fricke, David (2006-01-09). "New CDs: Babyshambles, Sia". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  14. ^ Iliff, Andrew (2006-05-24). "Babyshambles - Down in Albion". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  15. ^ Poletti, James (2005-11-22). "Babyshambles - Down In Albion". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  16. ^ Poletti, James (2005-11-22). "Babyshambles - 'Down In Albion'". dotmusic. Retrieved 2007-03-25. "Many of The Libertines' finer qualities are made all too apparent in their absence on "Down In Albion"" 
  17. ^ Phares, Heather. "Down in Albion". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-03-25. "Mick Jones' "production" duties seem to consist of just sticking a few microphones into the fray" 
  18. ^ Schild, Matt. "Babyshambles: Down in Albion Review". Retrieved 2007-03-25. "Down in Albion doesn’t eclipse either of The Libertines’ two gems" 
  19. ^ a b c d e f g "Babyshambles - Down In Albion". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  20. ^ "Classifichi Artisti - Archivio" (in Italian). FIMI. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 

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