Peter Doherty -- Hamburg Demonstrations

“Birdcage” by Peter Doherty

I’m so happy for Pete(r) Doherty. It’s been 15 years since this Libertines co-frontman made good with the English guitar band’s debut album Up the Bracket. From there, the majority of his musical career has been chaotic — with Doherty’s tremendous songwriting abilities many times overshadowed by a very public drug addition, trips to jail, his relationship with Kate Moss, dissolution of the Libertines… the list goes on.

But it seems Doherty has come through it, and is as sharp as ever on his 2016 LP Hamburg Demonstrations.  “Birdcage” — the album’s second track, which includes lyrics written by Amy Winehouse — has a modern-day “Mockingbird” feel, with Doherty alternating vocal duties with singer Suzi Martin.