Carl Barat (Album Stream)

    Carl Barat’s first solo album will be released on October 4. While this isn’t the reunion of the Libertines that the band’s fans have been clamoring for, Barat still is able to deliver a familiarly catchy tune and breezy, sophisticated-sounding lyrics. Coinciding with the release of the album is Barat’s first book, Threepenny Memoir: The Lives of a Libertine, which presumably will tell a bunch of stories about his old band. Though Barat is doubtlessly hoping for some synergy here, he should realize that it’s hard to take a step forward while simultaneously trying to evoke the past.