Don’t Look Back Into The Sun
Label: Rough Trade
The Libertines offered a brief and steamy tussle in the broom closet, releasing their first single in 2002 and falling apart in 2004, the over-sexed, doped-up caricature of Big-Time Rock Band. This oddly timed hits collection might well be the group's parting dispatch, reminding us of their big scores (overplayed singles like "Don't Look Back Into the Sun" and "Up the Bracket") and their often unrealized potential (in the relatively understated "What Became of the Likely Lads"). It's hard to say goodbye, but, given the pace of their career, a reunion is likely to be just around the corner.