It doesn't matter whom Pete Doherty is sleepily lashing out at here — former soul mate/fellow Libertine Carl Barat; on-again, off-again model squeeze Kate Moss; a rude skag dealer — fact is, he needs them more than anyone needs him or his perfectly named new band. As much an interminable mess as anything else on Babyshambles' debut, "Sticks and Stones" can't decide if it wants to be Dutty Rock or dirty UK rawk, vacillating between the poles until the track is as confusing as you are disillusioned.

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