Single Review: Carl Barat – Run with the Boys

By on Wednesday, 25th August 2010 at 12:00 pm

The elephant in the room for this year’s Reading/Leeds? The return of the Libertines in their original line-up.

What should be receiving much more fanfare than it is currently: Carl Barat‘s upcoming solo release. ‘Run with the Boys’, our first taster of the new material, got its debut as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World Monday night on Radio1.

During the DPT days I used to moan – a lot – about the people who were stuck in the Libertines days, because Carl had moved on and was making different music. I dearly loved the Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things and I appreciate Carl as an excellent musician and a great singer/songwriter, but I’m really not sure where he was trying to go with this song.

My impression? He’s making different music all right. But the horns seem superfluous. Judging from his previous work in his other bands, they’re unnecessary. He knows how to construct a good rock ‘n’ roll song. But here, there’s no obvious hook, it sounds phoned in. Disappointed. I’m hoping this is the weakest link on the debut album.

You can listen to the song and Zane Lowe chatting with Barat on iPlayer here until next Monday (30 August). I would be curious to see what other people think.

‘Run with the Boys’, the debut solo single from Carl Barat, and his full self-titled debut album will both be released on 4 October. He goes on tour in the UK in October.

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