Why do albums have to be so long these days? I just downloaded the new Babyshambles album, "Down In Albion", and it runs for more than an hour. And, of course, it's patchy as hell. Cutting a minute or so off a few of the songs, and culling the running order down to 37 minute/10 tracks would have made for a lean, tight and brilliant album. As it stands, there's a duet with Kate Moss (of course why not?) and a reagae song sung by some guy Pete met "inside".
Crack + sycophants does not a good album make.
On the other hand, the 3CD "Luke Haines Is Dead" compilation, for all ts length and breadth, is absolutely essential. The only man from the class of '93 who still has lead in his pencil.