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Reviewed by - Matt Rowe

Baby Shambles
The Blinding EP

This 5-song EP by Baby Shambles, is a first effort for Capitol (Parlophone in Europe) in lieu of a new album (which one can only hope arrives soon enough, Doherty intact, and with better songs than you find on this 5-ster).  The songs found here aren’t entirely bad but are definitely less than what we already know the band can do.  If released as an extension of an otherwise superior album effort, The Blinding EP could be looked at as low-end nuggets from a creative period but as a lead-off they make you feel that the creativity is being injected into rather than flowing from the fount.

The only songs that I find of any lasting interest would be “The Blinding” and then only mildly, with the final song, “Sedative” a step below that.  The reggae stream of “I Wish” is nothing new and a largely uninspired piece.  The middle few are toss-ups for the listener.

If you find Baby Shambles a band of promise (I do), then you should pick this up if for nothing more but to keep up with a building catalog (if Doherty doesn’t derail it first).  I think that Doherty is an important piece to Baby Shambles but in remembering the tragic self-destruction of a career by New York Dolls guitarist, Johnny Thunders, one can only fear that Doherty may be headed on the same path.

Release Date: December 05, 2006
Produced by: Babyshambles
Format: CD

Track Listing:

The Blinding / / Love You But You're Green / I Wish / Beg, Steal or Borrow / Sedative.

Baby Shambles:

Pete Doherty - Vocals / Guitars
Mick Whitnall - Guitar
Drew McConnell - Bass
Adam Ficek - Drums.

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