"Victory Gin" is like suave Sleeper but beefed up with choppy chords and horns, while the guitar on the verses in "Ware of the Roses" recall Blur's Modern Life is Rubbish. The confident "Summer in the Trenches" has a frenetic pace, as does the Ramones-y "The Gears," while "Glory Days" features a Clash-inspired riff.
It's the slower, more "mature" tracks that disappoint here. "A Storm is Coming" feels like a middle of the road mainstream radio track, as does the title track, a non-descript Oasis-esque yawner. Still there's plenty to like on Let It Reign for Libertines fans missing that garage rock sound. (Cooking Vinyl)