‘I Don’t Love Anyone (But You’re Not Just Anyone)’
|Album Release:||2nd December 2016|
THOUGH the first snippet of Pete’s follow up to his debut album Grace/Wastelands makes for an effective earworm, it is repetitive, bland and – as with most of his work post-Babyshambles’ Albion – overly produced.
At this point it is common knowledge that Doherty isn’t the best singer or guitar player in the world. However, it is his raw and gritty performance that gives him his unique brand.
Knowing this, it seems odd to me why his new producer Johann Sheerer withdraws the listeners’ attention from the poeticism in the lyrical content and ruins it with the over use of auto-tune and squeaky clean guitar sounds.
When it comes to the actual composition, in a song writing cop-out Pete opts for a simple chord pattern akin to The Velvet Underground’s Sweet Jane.
Though history has proven this to be an attractive formulae, it’s lazy on Pete’s part and doesn’t particularly excite me for the album to follow.
Pete’s debut single Last of the English Roses released back in 2009 had a quirky ska-like quality complimented with crude yet oddly romantic tales of urban exertion that made the NME readers of the world fuel the hype for the solo career to come.
‘I Don’t Love Anyone (But You’re Not Just Anyone)’ however, is a far cry from Grace/Wastelands and sorely disappoints; Pete keeps his lyrics extremely generalised and refuses to delve into the personal endeavours we’re used to in lyrics from his previous works.
Despite downfalls in the broken down aspects of the song, Doherty doesn’t fail to envelop the tune with his innocent, ethereal charm and anthemic element.
It is this that will see him prevail in gig venues with his obsessive following cheering the catchy chorus back at him in the expected UK tour to follow.