I like Doherty. I've seen him live twice and I see myself as someone who can appreciate him for his artistic merits rather than ridicule him for his 'media persona,' but this is mediocre at best.
Don't get me wrong, it has it's moments but generally it is a dissapointing album. 'New love grows on trees' is my personal favourite, along with 'I am the rain' and 'The sweet by + by,' simply because they are composed in a more mainstream fashion. Most of the others however appear jumbly, and I don't like accusing Pete of being lazy but it seems as though he's just written some average poetry and stuck some unappealing acoustic riffs ('riffs' is almost being too polite) in the background. I even find it hard to identify a chorus and a verse in some of them.
It's a shame because I think we all know that he can do better. Perhaps he should put his guitar down for a few months and listen to some Beatles records to re-discover the mainstream creative flair we all know he can produce, or maybe he just needs a partner in crime... would Lennon have been the same without McCartney? Jagger and Richards? Marriot and Lane? Chaz and Dave? You all know what I mean.
I'm sorry, but the truth hurts sometimes.