Down in Albion

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Down in Albion
Studio album by Babyshambles
Released 14 November 2005 (2005-11-14)
Recorded 2005
Twin Peaks Studio
Metropolis Studios
Genre Indie rock, garage punk, garage rock
Length 63:49
Label Rough Trade
Producer Mick Jones
Babyshambles chronology
Down in Albion
The Blinding EP
Pete Doherty chronology
The Libertines
Down In Albion
The Blinding EP
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork7.7/10 stars[3]
Stylus MagazineB−[4]
The Village Voice(choice cut)[5]

Down in Albion is the debut album by Babyshambles, Pete Doherty's post-Libertines band.

Down in Albion was released on 14 November 2005 on Rough Trade Records, although it was leaked on to the Internet on 19 October 2005. Produced by Mick Jones, Down in Albion contains a rerecorded version of their second single "Killamangiro" as well as a reggae track, "Pentonville". The influence of The Clash has been noted on songs such as "À rebours" and "The 32nd of December". The inclusion of "Albion" is controversial among fans, due to the song's history as a fan favorite from the days of The Libertines. Down in Albion,[6]

The first track, "La Belle et la Bête" (French for "Beauty and the Beast"), features the vocals of Doherty's then-girlfriend Kate Moss, and "Pentonville" was written by Doherty and The General, a friend he met whilst an inmate in Pentonville Prison.[7] The album was seen as a move away from The Libertines' style of music.[8]

The artwork for the album was created by Doherty.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Pete Doherty unless otherwise stated.

  1. "La Belle et la Bête" (featuring Kate Moss) (Pete Doherty, Chevalley, Peter Wolfe) – 5:05
  2. "Fuck Forever" (Doherty, Patrick Walden) – 4:37
  3. "À rebours" – 3:23
  4. "The 32nd of December" – 3:08
  5. "Pipedown" (Doherty, Walden) – 2:35
  6. "Sticks and Stones" (Doherty, Wolfe) – 4:51
  7. "Killamangiro" – 3:13
  8. "8 Dead Boys" – 4:16
  9. "In Love with a Feeling" – 2:51
  10. "Pentonville" Feat. The General (General Santana) – 3:49
  11. "What Katy Did Next" (Doherty, Alan Wass) – 3:07
  12. "Albion" – 5:24
  13. "Back from the Dead" (Doherty, Wolfe) – 2:52
  14. "Loyalty Song" (Doherty, Walden) – 3:32
  15. "Up the Morning" – 5:43
  16. "Merry Go Round" – 5:22



Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Providers Peak
UK Albums Chart[10] BPI/The Official UK Charts Company 10
European Top 100 Albums - 32
French Albums Chart[10] SNEP/IFOP 72
German Albums Chart[10] Media Control 46
Irish Albums Chart[10] IRMA 28
Swedish Albums Chart[10] GLF 46
Italian Albums Chart[11] FIMI 99
Swiss Albums Chart[10] Media Control 93
Chart (2006) Providers Peak
Austrian Albums Chart[10] Media Control 52

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Metacritic
  2. ^ Allmusic
  3. ^ "Babyshambles: Down in Albion". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2012-11-16.
  4. ^ Iliff, Andrew. "Babyshambles - Down in Albion". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-01-14.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (2006-05-30). "Radicals of the Moment". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  6. ^ O'Keefe, Alice (2005-10-16). "Doherty reveals his sensitive side". The Observer. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  7. ^ "Doherty Raps with Cellmate". Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  8. ^ Schild, Matt. "Babyshambles: Down in Albion Review". Retrieved 2007-03-24. Dropping the punked-up hysteria of The Libertines for a more laid-back sound
  9. ^ Down in Albion (booklet). Babyshambles. Rough Trade Records. 2005. RTRADCD290.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Babyshambles - Down In Albion". Retrieved 2007-06-10.
  11. ^ "Classifichi Artisti - Archivio" (in Italian). FIMI. Archived from the original on 5 May 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2007.