Monday, January 29, 2024

The Libertines Are Back And Better Than Ever With Their Latest Single ‘Shiver'

The most talked about band of the noughties, The Libertines, are back 22 years after the release of their debut album ‘Up The Bracket’ which has since been regarded as not only one of the most influential albums to come out of the UK, but also as one of the best debut albums of all time. 

Shiver’, the dramatic and heartfelt newest single from The Libertines was released on the 19th of January and has since received a very positive reception. The single has only increased fans’ excitement for their upcoming album ‘All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade’ which is due to be released on the 8th of March.


Shiver’ is, just like The Libertines, quintessentially British. Written by both Pete Doherty and Carl Barât, the poetic lyrics speak of the death of Queen Elizabeth and the following emotions of the whole of Great Britian, "They All Queued Up To See/ The Old Girls Gone Away ... Shiver/ For The Albionay".


The single was accompanied by a dramatic music video that shows a funeral procession in an almost film noir aesthetic that reflects the sombre yet soulful feel of the whole single. The use of violins and piano mixed with a prominent guitar riff makes this sound unique yet still sounds like a classic Libertines' song.


Whilst still sticking to their recognisable garage rock sound, and with Pete Docherty's almost unchanged iconic vocals, ‘Shiver’ is the perfect example of what’s to come on the newest album. The band sounds coherent and confident in their sound. It is clear to hear in ‘Shiver’ that the band has put their past conflicts behind them and has produced a truly impressive single.


Jodie Marshall


Image: ‘Shiver’ Official Single Cover

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