Whatever you want to say about Pete Dohertyâ€™s private life, he is a brilliant songwriter and lyricist, and â€˜The Blindingâ€™ is a fine example of his talent. Its style is instantly recognisable as classic Babyshambles at their best, and the moving lyrics give the 5-track CD a heartfelt intensity rarely heard. â€˜Love You But Youâ€™re Greenâ€™ sounds almost like a confession: â€œI was a troubled teenâ€, but the past tense is telling, and the whole EP gives out a feeling of glowing optimism for the future. â€˜I Wishâ€™ shows a quirky, offbeat side to the band, with a definite ska influence, seen before on tracks like â€˜Pentonvilleâ€™ from Down In Albion. Album closer â€˜Sedativeâ€™ leaves the listener with a positive attitude and reflects the bandâ€™s feelings of reawakening and rebirth: â€œItâ€™s been a long long time since I stepped outside into the morning sunâ€ Doherty remarks, and lucky for us that he has, as this EP truly is blinding.