MANIC STREET PREACHERS Best Album Poll

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Holy Bible (1994) 46
Generation Terrorists (1992) 23
Gold Against The Soul (1993) 15
Everything Must Go (1996) 13
Know Your Enemy (2001) 9
Send Away the Tigers (2007)7
This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours (1998) 6
Lifeblood (2004) 2


Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 31 August 2008 14:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm going with the popular choice - Know Your Enemy

Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 31 August 2008 14:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

haha i actually liked that album. Much better than the one before it and the one after it.

Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 31 August 2008 14:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think it's a fantastic record. Actually, I have no clue what would be the popular choice. The debut?

Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 31 August 2008 14:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Holy Bible head and shoulders above anything else here, even though Richey decided to channel Daily Mail editorials for some of the lyrics.

ledge, Sunday, 31 August 2008 15:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Holy Bible is the popular choice. Unless people have only heard ETMG

Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 31 August 2008 15:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Holy Bible and Everything Must Go are both excellent. I really liked TIMTTMY as well. It reminds me of Fall a lot. I'm going with Holy Bible though because the lyrics are so brilliant and thought-provoking.

"prejudice burns / brighter when it's all we have to burn"

res, Sunday, 31 August 2008 15:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

1st 3 are unfuckwithable

Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 31 August 2008 15:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ira Robbins likes the lyrics only on The Holy Bible. Just thought you should know

Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 31 August 2008 15:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

Know Your Enemy. I don't understand why people don't like that record.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 31 August 2008 15:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

for some reason i never gave that one a chance

res, Sunday, 31 August 2008 15:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

Gold Against The Soul is very underrated.

Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 31 August 2008 15:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

Holy Bible.

burt_stanton, Sunday, 31 August 2008 15:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Never been a huge fan of the debut outside of the singles - I think the second album is better.

Holy Bible is their best.

I do want to defend TIMTTMY though - lyrically awful in places (SYMM) but it features some of their most underrated tracks - especially the atypically beautiful Black Dog On My Shoulder.

Know Your Enemy has some great tracks (the first two singles, "Convalescent") but also their most juvenile lyrics and quite a few throwaway tracks.

Simon H., Sunday, 31 August 2008 16:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Holy Bible, but would take an album that grafted the best halves of their first two albums together over it, if you see what I mean.

Neil S, Sunday, 31 August 2008 17:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

Some of the tracks on Generation Terrorists were better in their earlier ep form

Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 31 August 2008 17:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

which of these LP's would be the best for someone (er, a friend of mine...you wouldn't know him) who relly wants to like the Manics, but finds the 7 or 8 songs he's ever heard by them to be overwrought and undermelodic?

henry s, Sunday, 31 August 2008 20:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

GATS is the big sounding, melodic stadium rock album, so that might be good. Everything Must Go is pretty tuneful as well.

Neil S, Sunday, 31 August 2008 20:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Holy Bible without a shadow of a doubt.

krakow, Sunday, 31 August 2008 20:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

If you don't like "Faster" (from Holy Bible), "A Design for Life" (from EMG), or "You Stole the Sun" (from TIMTTMY), you probably will not like anything by this band. That said, if you're feeling nihilistic, I'd recommend the Holy Bible, which in general really needs to be heard as a whole to understand. If you're feeling contemplative, I'd recommend EMG.

res, Sunday, 31 August 2008 21:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sleepflower is an awesome song.

Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 31 August 2008 23:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

Damn, I made a mistake with the poll closing date. Wasn't meant to be so long.

Herman G. Neuname, Monday, 1 September 2008 09:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

Gold Against the Soul

DavidM, Monday, 1 September 2008 09:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

This is actually really difficult. Generation Terrorists has some good stuff, but doesn't sound particularly nice -they were a more brilliant idea than a brilliant band at that time. The Holy Bible is utterly perfect, but I can't bring myself to listen to it any more so I can't vote for that. Everything Must Go is excellent, Nicky's lyrics only fray slightly at the edges. This Is My Truth I liked for a few listens, but then found it had nothing more to offer - plus it's got SYMM on it, which is unredeemable. I'm surprised they've had three albums since, actually (I did like 'Found that Soul', it was claustrophobic in a good way).

But I'll go with Gold Against The Soul too, I think. I may have been influenced by the photo at the head of this too. It sounds really warm, has some cracking tunes on it (esp 'Sleepflower' and 'Life Becoming a Landslide') and they seemed to be having as much fun as they could at that point. Best of all is the fact that it is a kind of resigned betrayal of everything they'd stood for 'til then.

Ismael Klata, Monday, 1 September 2008 10:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Holy Bible is utterly perfect

Richey's pro capital punishment/anti gun control/"political correctness gone mad!" lyrics are pretty risible. But I can grin and bear them, and 4st 7lb, Faster, even Revol, border on a kind of genius and kind of make up for the badness.

ledge, Monday, 1 September 2008 10:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

kind of, kind of.

ledge, Monday, 1 September 2008 10:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

WTF people still rate the Holy Bible?

Matt DC, Monday, 1 September 2008 10:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

Lifeblood (2004)

Didn't even know this existed.

Matt DC, Monday, 1 September 2008 10:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's crap apart from the 1st song.

Herman G. Neuname, Monday, 1 September 2008 10:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

1st album is very long and apart from a few good singles, incredibly boring. Gold Against The Soul is really good with very few bad moments from what I remember. Holy Bible is ace, but can be a little challenging in places. Thought Everything Must Go was annoying and MOR-y, but TIMTTMY was much better, that year's answer to "The Bends". It's a melancholic album but it suited my mood at the time and I played it to death. Listening back though, most of the songs don't achieve very much after the 2 minute mark and go on a bit too long. I love "I'm Not Working", "My Little Empire", "Born A Girl", "Black Dog"... shit I'm gonna bang it on tonight when I get home.

Haven't heard or paid attention to anything after that.

the next grozart, Monday, 1 September 2008 11:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

Lifeblood (2004)
Didn't even know this existed

The two singles off it ('Empty Souls' and 'The Love of Richard Nixon') both reached No.2. I read somewhere that they were the two lowest-selling No.2s in chart history

Ismael Klata, Monday, 1 September 2008 12:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

That doesn't say much for the number threes those weeks.

Mark G, Monday, 1 September 2008 12:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

wtf was up with that richard nixon song anyway?

the next grozart, Monday, 1 September 2008 13:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

it was very strange. Number two? What was number one, everything else?

Mark G, Monday, 1 September 2008 13:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

Those historic top threes in full:
Eric Prydz 'Call on Me' - 'The Love of Richard Nixon' - Kelis 'Millionaire'
Elvis 'One Night' (taking the historic 1000th number one slot!) - 'Empty Souls' - The Killers 'Somebody Told Me'

Ismael Klata, Monday, 1 September 2008 13:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

WTF people still rate the Holy Bible?

I think I would enjoy it if I played it this evening (even though I won't), which I certainly couldn't say for any of their other records

DJ Mencap, Monday, 1 September 2008 13:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

i guess i'm meant to vote for the holy bible or emg, but generation terrorists is the one i totally fell for at the time, so, that.

CharlieNo4, Monday, 1 September 2008 13:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm very surprised by the love for Gold Against the Soul. There are some good tracks on it, but I find it to be the work of a band that hasn't quite evolved fully yet. The Holy Bible is a dense magnum opus that is unrelenting and uncompromising, and a major artistic statement. It's like the audio equivalent of some 1000 page Russian epic novel that requires your effort and attention, but is rich with stark and harrowing images, and horrific insights into the human condition. EMG is way less angsty, and the songs are more introspective and sometimes forlorn. It makes me think of a quiet Sunday afternoon spent reflecting on memories. Really the work of two different bands, these two albums. I love both of them.

Richey's pro capital punishment/anti gun control/"political correctness gone mad!" lyrics are pretty risible.

I read that interpretation on Pitchfork's review of the album, but I don't think the pro-capital punishment and anti-gun control lyrics are meant literally. I think it's an angry and sarcastic criticism of a hypocritical American mentality on retribution and justice, and a dismissal of the small-headed thinking of the human race in general, one in which he feels the ultimate means of addressing is only through its annihilation ("all I preach is extinction"). The sentiment resembles "kill 'em all and let god sort 'em out," which is not meant literally, and can't really be construed as a pro-capital punishment and pro-weapons message so much as a nihilistic response to the difficulty of correcting society's problems.

res, Monday, 1 September 2008 14:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

What of that 'unreleased' USA mix, the extra disc on the 'deluxe' edition?

Mark G, Monday, 1 September 2008 14:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

... of the Holy Bible, I meant.

Mark G, Monday, 1 September 2008 14:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

Holy Bible (never bothered with the redux reissue; didn't think I needed to) but Lifeblood is the most underrated.

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 1 September 2008 14:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

res otm

Herman G. Neuname, Monday, 1 September 2008 15:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

Holy Bible is the only one I was ever into.

chap, Monday, 1 September 2008 15:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

Not sure if res otm or not. I think the lyrics are absolutely sincere - it's just that they're only there to provide examples of the deeper idea - a howl for honesty and against tokenism. I don't think there's a deep commitment to capital punishment as an end to strive for, say, but there is a deep commitment to capital punishment as a logical end IF the purpose of the justice system is moral condemnation. But he takes no view on whether that is its right purpose or not, he just wants a proper facing up to the consequences. The PC stuff is absolutely of a piece, given that its whole purpose is a pretence to avoid consequences

These are pretty contradictory and difficult issues and about as out there as pop music is ever likely to get (it's pretty crazy stuff to try to address in three-minute lyrics - one of those slim Camus books would be a better format than your epic Russian novel I reckon) so it's hard to know what *I* think about it, let alone to work out whether I agree with you. In any case, it's hardly risible.

Ismael Klata, Monday, 1 September 2008 15:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Fuck the Brady Bill" is pretty risible. Their idea that gun control would "disenfranchise the black communities who don't have licences. The white rednecks in America do have licences" (Wire) is something of a minority reading.

And "a proper facing up to the consequences" is surely what the string 'em up brigade have always called for. Richey said "it isn't a right-wing song, but a lot of people don't like seeing a rapist get off with a £25 fine". That "but" seems to be doing the same work as in "I'm not a racist but..."

ledge, Monday, 1 September 2008 15:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

(it's pretty crazy stuff to try to address in three-minute lyrics - one of those slim Camus books would be a better format than your epic Russian novel I reckon)

OTM, the album always struck me as wildly over-ambitious lyrically, even as a moping teen, which is perhaps part of its power.

Neil S, Monday, 1 September 2008 15:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sure these are difficult issues. To accept the straw man, no, a lot of people don't like seeing a rapist get off with a £25 fine. But I'm not sure how a song apparently advocating sterilisation, thus occupying the other extreme end of the spectrum which is already well covered in the mainstream media, contributes to the debate. OTOH "all I preach is extinction" is a great nihilistic howl so it succeeds at some level. xp.

ledge, Monday, 1 September 2008 15:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

I couldn't go at it quote-for-quote xp, but isn't that last bit exactly what I was getting at (taking 'face up to the consequences' to mean facing up to the consequences of your choice)? Namely either be tough on crime and punish properly, or take some other approach like rehabilitation and do that properly - don't say you're tough on crime and then fine rapists/release everyone early/plant bilingual signs around Bosnia

Ismael Klata, Monday, 1 September 2008 16:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

re: quoting, I just had the biog to hand :) But I still don't see how the song differs from a standard right-wing POV. Maybe I misunderstand, but it sounds like you're saying they're aiming for a kind of Modest Proposal - but if that's the case it's not outrageous enough, since their proposal would be deemed quite reasonable by a fair number of people.

ledge, Monday, 1 September 2008 16:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'd forgotten about the intro - it rather suggests the target is the contradiction between the seeking of capital punishment and condemnation of the killer for the same actions, with the nationalism theme suggesting that the distinction is an arbitrary one. Not what I'd had in mind, but maybe the modest proposal is an accurate reading of it

(NB the site I used for the lyrics offers an 'Archives of Pain' ringtone)

Ismael Klata, Monday, 1 September 2008 16:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

Anyhow, the record still sounds great to me, and I'd forgotten just how much I love the back half of the album in particular - 'The Girl Who Wanted to Be God', 'Removables', 'Interiors' and surprisingly 'Australia' which I thought I'd burned out on, but now sounds utterly awesome - do they even do this one live anymore? They should!

Some of the older Manics fans that were around during the first act of their career were a touch miffed about the band carrying on without Richey, particularly when the album went onto become so successful and the band weren't their secret anymore. Fuck 'em.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 19:34 (nine months ago) Permalink

EMG is one of my favorite-sounding rock records - bright, colorful, dynamic. Just the right amount of gloss.

Simon H., Wednesday, 22 November 2017 19:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

I don't know if "gloss" is the right word, I agree - it sounded OTM to me in 1996 and still does, whereas Generation Terrorists sounded like it had aged rapidly even by 1996 - very plasticy. Amazing to think the record was only four years old by that point, too!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

*but I agree

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

“interiors” is sometimes my favorite manics song

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 23:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

definitely go for EMG. Be My Baby drum sounds on the title track elevate it imo

In a slipshod style (Ross), Thursday, 23 November 2017 02:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

All songs on Everything Must Go are good to great, right?
I saw JDB on one of his rare solo performances (from when he did that solo album), he included three Manics songs in his set, I remember 'No Surface All Feeling' was one of them - amazing to hear live.

I'm very excited about their upcoming album, seeing as I'd probably name their last one as my favourite & I love both EMG and GT.
It strikes me as a bit strange to have the album title and the cover design revealed as well as all formats it's going to be available in, a whole five months before it's actually out. Can't wait!

Valentijn, Thursday, 23 November 2017 12:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'm v confused as to wy neither TIMTTMY or KYE are on Spotify (at least in Canada). What if I want to listen to uh "Baby Elian"?

Simon H., Thursday, 23 November 2017 18:03 (nine months ago) Permalink

"interiors" is sometimes my favorite manics song

― ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, November 22, 2017 11:48 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It's a great track - one I often forget about until I'm listening to it and then it's like "why am I not listening to this more often?" ... it would have made a great single, if they hadn't already released four of 'em.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Thursday, 23 November 2017 18:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

New single "International Blue" is out. It's not very encouraging, but I don't think they've released an encouraging first single since JFPL

Simon H., Friday, 8 December 2017 13:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

And of course the single has grown on me

The tracklist boasts a mix of promising and uhh less promising titles

1. People Give In
2. International Blue
3. Distant Colours
4. Vivian
5. Dylan & Caitlin
6. Liverpool Revisited
7. Sequels of Forgotten Wars
8. Hold Me Like a Heaven
9. In Eternity
10. Broken Algorithms
11. A Song for the Sadness
12. The Left Behind

Simon H., Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'm looking forward to this album. Also, I think they're planning something for the 20th anniversary of ...Truth...?

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 16:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

"international blue" is great

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 16:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

I was reading somewhere recently that they're planning to throw a few Lifeblood tracks into the set for the tour, which of course would be great - 'Empty Souls' alone deserves to be a staple of their set, IMO - but given what Wire can be like in interviews, we'll see.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 17:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

Also, I think they're planning something for the 20th anniversary of ...Truth...?

I would happily buy a 2cd reissue with the excellent b-sides tbh

Simon H., Tuesday, 9 January 2018 18:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

Oh, to think of the album that could have been - the one with 'Prologue to History' and 'Montana/Autumn/78' on it.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 18:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

According to Nicky Wire, there's more from the This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours era in their archives than any other era. Loads of unreleased stuff, apparently.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 18:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

That's not at all surprising, considering how wide-ranging the album material is

Simon H., Tuesday, 9 January 2018 18:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

Wonder if there's anything else from the Howard Gray sessions - that's who they should've done the album with.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 18:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

International Blue is a pleasant surprise, I was dreading more Postcards For A Young Man / Send Away The Tigers stodge. Best song since JFPL.

I flippin' love Lifeblood, me. I wish they would announce what rarities they play in advance, like they did with 'Natwest...'. Was denied the WTF moment when I saw them last, when it made an apparance.

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

*NOT announce.

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

new track "Dylan and Caitlin" is a duet w/ The Anchoress. It's alright - I really like "Distant Colours" though

Simon H., Friday, 9 March 2018 16:02 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Anyone heard the new one in full yet?

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 14 April 2018 20:15 (five months ago) Permalink

I have. tbh though I liked the singles in isolation, I'm not very taken with it as a whole just yet

Simon H., Saturday, 14 April 2018 20:18 (five months ago) Permalink

Hmm. I haven't heard it yet but that description doesn't bode well!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 14 April 2018 20:20 (five months ago) Permalink

It's another one of those Send Away The Tigers / Postcards For A Young Man cheesy 'pop'-reboot albums but far more likeable than either of those. But then again to me all of their albums after Lifeblood with the exception of JFPL have been ultra-disposable so who knows if it'll be one to return to. I'd would say though that International Blue is by far their best tune in nearly 10 years

PaulTMA, Sunday, 15 April 2018 01:34 (five months ago) Permalink

I was really enjoying Broken Algorithms as thinking it gave off some genuine Generation Terrorists vibez, but then I realised it basically steals from the melody of Spectators Of Suicide. Still, one of the better ones

I hesitate to say Nicky Wire is the weak link in the band as his efforts as a music writer are increasingly impressive (bet it was his idea to release demo CDs with every deluxe edition) but his lyrics have largely been utter mince for 20 years, really wish he could rediscover some self-awareness

PaulTMA, Sunday, 15 April 2018 01:44 (five months ago) Permalink

I'm not sure what the press photos for this are meant to communicate.

djh, Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:25 (five months ago) Permalink

What a miserable bastard The Wire has turned out to be

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/apr/12/manic-street-preachers-jobs-meaning-jeremy-corbyn-doesnt-understand-that-resistance-is-useless

piscesx, Sunday, 15 April 2018 21:20 (five months ago) Permalink

what music writing has he been up to of late?

Simon H., Monday, 16 April 2018 00:51 (five months ago) Permalink

It's another one of those Send Away The Tigers / Postcards For A Young Man cheesy 'pop'-reboot albums but far more likeable than either of those.

Well, I like Send Away the Tigers and even have time for a couple of tracks on Postcards... so I'll probably like this. The older I get, the more I realise that the Manics lyrics were always a bit pony, even when Richey was in the band (a couple of exceptions on their third album aside) ... I'm more interested in JDB's guitar playing and inimitable voice.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 16 April 2018 15:30 (five months ago) Permalink

Listening to Resistance Is Futile for the fifth time at the moment. I'm really loving it! It's classic energetic Manics. I'd agree that the overall sound approaches that of Send Away The Tigers/Postcards For A Young Man but also with a good deal of Everything Must Go and a nice occasional dose of Generation Terrorists/Richey-era.

SATT and Postcards have never been my biggest favourites - I certainly like them but was never overwhelmed (despite the inclusion of a duet with my fave singer Ian McCulloch on the latter).
I think the new one impresses me more than those two albums already.
I'm not -as- blown away as I was, and still am, with Futurology - but I'm pretty sure that this one will end up high in my Manics albums ranking.

Valentijn, Friday, 20 April 2018 06:45 (four months ago) Permalink

They were strangely fascinating on "Sunday Brunch".

djh, Sunday, 22 April 2018 18:06 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

lmao i missed that this came out last month

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 May 2018 15:44 (four months ago) Permalink

i only just started but "I'd agree that the overall sound approaches that of Send Away The Tigers/Postcards For A Young Man but also with a good deal of Everything Must Go and a nice occasional dose of Generation Terrorists/Richey-era" is promising, i'd be really into a more balanced version of postcards

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 May 2018 15:45 (four months ago) Permalink

I tried with it a few times but I can only seem to get into the singles and the opener, but I'll keep at it intermittently

Simon H., Thursday, 17 May 2018 15:58 (four months ago) Permalink

so far... i'm extremely unsure about it lol

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 May 2018 16:08 (four months ago) Permalink

I still haven't heard it yet!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 17 May 2018 16:10 (four months ago) Permalink

i can never trust my first impressions of records when i'm listening to them at work, but something about it isn't clicking even though it's obv packed with hooks

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 May 2018 16:25 (four months ago) Permalink

i like the anchoress duet a lot though

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 May 2018 16:51 (four months ago) Permalink

"hold me like a heaven" is pretty awesome too, i don't think they've ever written a ballad like it

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 May 2018 17:00 (four months ago) Permalink

my favorite song atm though is "sequels of forgotten wars," which uncoincidentally is the song that sounds like it belongs on futurology

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 May 2018 17:01 (four months ago) Permalink

oh wait, on third listen: this is actually all pretty great, it's def a more balanced postcards but it also makes me think of what lifeblood would sound like if it were more aggressive, lotta textural synths

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 May 2018 17:44 (four months ago) Permalink

One month in and I'm still listening to 7 out of 12 tracks (only 1 on in the 1st half), which is unheard of for recent Manics albums/me. Second half of the album is just fantastic. Of course, none of of these songs are in the live set.

PaulTMA, Thursday, 17 May 2018 18:28 (four months ago) Permalink

Hmm. I'm not taken with the new one on first listen - I'm hoping it'll improve.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 28 May 2018 11:20 (three months ago) Permalink

I am mightily impressed. After lots of listens over the last month, I'm pretty sure my Manics top 5 albums is now:
1. Futurology
2. Gold Against The Soul
3. Everything Must Go
4. Journal For Plague Lovers
5. Resistance Is Futile

Valentijn, Monday, 28 May 2018 14:05 (three months ago) Permalink

It sounded far better on third listen, and I agree that the back half is stronger. Ultimately, though, I feel roughly the same about this album as I do about Postcards and would rank it the same at the moment. It may grow further - I hope so.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 28 May 2018 22:21 (three months ago) Permalink

First half save for International Blue is very Postcards 2. That earlier album is not exactly my least favourite (Tigers has lower lows) but it just feels so watered down and forgettable. I'm taken with the better songs on the new album due to getting some genuine pre-TIMTTMY feelings from something like In Eternity.

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 09:31 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

so they covered In Between Days when i briefly caught them at a festival last week, and it was....pretty great. still always weird to see a 6 person band up there nowadays though...

i also realised that it had been 20 TWENTY YEARS since the first ever gig I went to, which was one of the first shows of the This Is My Truth tour in Bournemouth with Catatonia.

TWENTY YEARS.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 11:31 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, I saw them on that tour too! I seriously thought this band were done circa the Greatest Hits collection and Lifeblood, as much as I love that record. That they rebounded back so strongly is amazing to me - the last 11-12 years of their career have been strong, IMO.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 15:56 (four weeks ago) Permalink


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