Dirty Pretty Things: Romance At Short Notice (Vertigo)
Mike Diver, Drowned in Sound, 27 June 2008
DIRTY PRETTY THINGS frontman Carl Barât has a brilliant album in him. He's not written or recorded it yet, but the songwriting powerhouse behind the success of The Libertines, where he shared the spotlight with since-hogged-it celebrity smackface Pete Doherty, is capable of penning affecting paeans to modernity's various minutia, vignettes focusing on aspects of the everyday that connect with their audience at angles that aren't at all contrived or clichéd.
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