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The Holy Bible

Manic Street Preachers Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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“The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for your whole life. And the most important thing is—it must be something you cannot possibly do.” (Henry Moore)

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  • Audio CD (4 Nov 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B000024J5H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Yes
2. Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart
3. Of Walking Abortion
4. She Is Suffering
5. Archives Of Pain
6. Revol
7. 4st 7lb
8. Mausoleum
9. Faster
10. This Is Yesterday
11. Die In The Summertime
12. The Intense Humming Of Evil
13. P.C.P.

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The Holy Bible is the sound of a band plunging into chaos, taking in such joyous subjects as the holocaust ("The Intense Humming Of Evil"), prostitution ("Yes"), anorexia ("4st 7lb") and general despair (everything else). Needless to say, the majority of it was written by guitarist Richey Edwards, just before he was hospitalised for depression. It's not the easiest album in the world to listen to, with James Bradfield often having to cram all the words together to fit them all in, but it's worth the perseverance. The dark, gothic (but never Goth) guitars compliment the black mood of "Yes" and the alternately narcissistic and disgusted "Faster" (which samples the film version of Orwell's masterpiece, 1984), while the gentle, acoustic "This Is Yesterday" often sounds close to breaking. Suffice to say, this is not a party record, but for pure, intelligent hatred, of the self and of others, it is fascinating, and still one of the Manics greatest moments. -- Emma Johnston

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No words can describe... 30 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was recommended this album by a friend with care and warning that the lyrics delve so deeply into the flaws and corruption of today's society that all the songs emotionally stay with you forever.
And my was he right.

First listen? I didn't really listen to the lyrics as such but more of how James managed to entwine the lyrics with the music so cleverly.
The more I listened to the album, the more I became intrigued by the lyrics. The most gruesome, heart-wrenching and honest lyrics I've ever heard. But they're so amazing.

So what I did was look deeply into what Richey James Edwards was all about. The more I learnt about him, the more I loved the songs and the more I realised what they all meant.

This is an album to be kept forever. It seriously is a compelling disc full of the many things people are too afraid to admit are happening in our society.

Once you listen to it, you will appreciate the music that the Manics make even more. Trust me. It's definitely worth the buy as it will keep you listening for years to come.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sacred & Profane 28 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Quite truly one of the marvels of British and Welsh music at the end of the twentieth century, The Holy Bible is both harrowing and addictive yet has placed the Manic Street Preachers in a awkward situation; never again would their music and lyrics fuse together into a cohesive fireball of nilhism, rage, and beauty.
The roots of this album start with the over-produced "Gold Against The Soul" and the backlash that befell the band that wanted to be bigger than Guns N' Roses. While the effort was more streamlined than the debut, the result was a Manic Street Preachers album that was too polished, very photogenic, and even polite enough to merge with MOR stadium rock in an effort to gain a larger audience. The acoustic trend in music was acknowledged with hefty doses of fingerpicked intros and hushed Hammond organs while grunge was highlighted with wah-wah pedals and stacatto riffs. They supported this album by playing with Bon Jovi.
Then, things started to happen. Richey Edwards continued his slide into self-hurt, depression, alcoholism, and drug abuse. Musical tastes were changing as bands jumped on the BritPop bandwagon. Pop music was on the way up as moody, introspective rock was on the way out. Their manager, Philip Hall, had passed away from cancer. Kurt Cobain committed suicide. All of these factors combined with an Manic Street Preachers habit of changing gears to keep their musical approach fresh. Hammonds and acoustics were stripped off the songs. Fuzz guitars and bass were added along with flanger and phase effects. The band that had a soundbite for each track on their debut album started defining each track with an opening excerpt from film, text, and music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Notoriously seen as some what of Richey's last will and testiment its very hard to say something about this album that hasn't already been said. It's a curious CD produced in the red light district of Cardiff and it shows, everything sounds jaggered and compressed from James vocal performance to the guitars which now holds a razor sharp snarl. The music itself is heavily produced and gothic, some would go as far as metal, but I wouldn't.

The lyrics themselves tend to be a mess of disconnected jargon usually in sharp contrast. Such as the ballad of anorexia 4st 12lbs.

Lose my only remaining home
See my third rib appear
A week later all my flesh disappear
Stretching taut, cling-film on bone
Im getting better

This is far from the name checking protest of Motorcycle emptyness, this is geniune horror in song form. Which is where my review really focuses, mainly against the 2 star reviews on this album. What does this album really say and do the Manic's have a right to say it?

Why people listen to depressing music is a curious question as music tends to focus far more on emulating emotion or influencing it than say a movie. The people out there who declare this album brilliant in its total hopelessness and despair are missing the point and perhaps crazy... This album screams compassion and humanity, not neccasarally in the music, or the lyrics but in the fact it was written by some damaged people at a point where they seemed incapable of making their mark on the world.

Despite the comparisons to Closer by Joy Division or In Utero by Nirvana theres little here to suggest the album should be looked at this way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing since sliced bread 28 Jan 2005
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This album, a dark, sweeping masterpiece, is without doubt the album of the nineties. Bradfield's commanding vocal and guitar performance perfectly compliment the extremely dark (some might say, depressing) lyrics of songwriting genius Richey James Edwards. Add to this Sean Moore's frenetic drumming and it all contributes to a claustrophobic yet immensely powerful album. Edwards's vision is honest yet unpleasant - he pulls no punches, lyrically, so those who prefer to look at the world through rose-tinted spectacles should avoid this album. Those who have an appreciation for top notch musicianship and lyricism at it's most potent should buy this album immediately. Listen to it from beginning to end more than once. It will never leave you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie and uncompromising. The best Manics album and one of my all time...
After their second album, the criminally underrated Gold Against the Soul, was panned for its commercialised tone compared to their punky debut Generation Terrorists, the Manic... Read more
Published 1 month ago by HipsterSithGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brit Pop
This album is outstanding and dark making The Manic Street Preachers one of the most honest bands to come out of the brit pop scene! Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. H. JONES
5.0 out of 5 stars The Holy Bible
This has been bought as a Christmas present so not for me so I can't really say what it is like
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. Valerie E. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars He left without saying goodbye; but then.
The album is, and always will be; a glimpse inside the mind of a very complex and troubled young man. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by B Atkinson
1.0 out of 5 stars experimentalist indie rock album
I fought the 1st Manic CD from 1991 or 1992 was really good, and would listen to it again. This one though grows on you though and is really an experimental indie type rock sound. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by Paul Smithson
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible.
The Holy Bible begins with a sliver of direct speech, ending in `everything's for sale,' kicking off a track and an album highlighting the sterile, soulless nature of capitalism. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by Miss Kirsty Neary
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of effort to listen.
This album was bought following repeated accollades in reviews identifying it as one of the best albums made. Read more
Published on 11 July 2010 by Clubber 1
5.0 out of 5 stars A career defining album.
Having read a number of reviews of this album, all claiming it to be one of the greatest of all, time i was apprehensive that i'd be let down when i heard it. Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2010 by Jamie Skelton
5.0 out of 5 stars A good effort from MSP
This is the best thing by MSP by a country mile. Its sometimes painful to listen to esp. "die in the summertime" and "4st.. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2009 by JimmyDCFC
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but overrated
There's no doubt that the Manics third studio album 'The Holy Bible' is a great rock album. However, I can't help thinking that this album has been overshadowed by the... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2009 by A Customer
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