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  • Audio CD (18 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B0020HRI8I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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2. Peeled Apples
3. Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
4. Me And Stephen Hawking
5. This Joke Sport Severed
6. Journal For Plague Lovers
7. She Bathed Herself In A Bath Of Bleach
8. Facing Page: Top Left
9. Marlon J.D.
10. Doors Closing Slowly
11. All Is Vanity
12. Pretension//Repulsion
13. Virginia State Epileptic Colony
14. William's Last Words

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Manic Street Preachers return with their ninth studio album, Journal For Plague Lovers. The album follows the hugely successful and critically acclaimed 2007 release Send Away The Tigers, and the induction of the band into the NME’s Hall Of Fame with their naming as the "NME Godlike Genius" for 2008. Produced by Steve Albini and recorded live at Rockfield Studios in Wales during the Winter of 2008, the album features lyrics left behind by former guitarist Richey Edwards across all 13 new tracks. An original piece of Jenny Saville’s art is the cover of Journal for Plague Lovers, whose painting graced the cover of 1994’s ‘The Holy Bible’. Musically the band draw on their classic Holy Bible sound with elements of Nirvana’s In Utero, as well as a delicate, beautiful acoustic side.

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14 years on from his disappearance, Manic Street Preachers put music to the words of Richey Edwards, on an album of what look likely to be his swan songs.

Imbued, as it always would be, with nostalgia, intensity and emotion, approaching Journal For Plague Lovers is both an uneasy and exciting prospect. Lyrically his, musically theirs, the Manics' ninth studio album breaches chronology and sits easily between The Holy Bible - Edwards' last with the band, and its follow-up Everything Must Go.

The words are expectedly potent in their retrospective insight. She Bathed Herself In A Bath Of Bleach condemns the corrosion of love, while All Is Vanity spews frustration: ''Makes you feel like I'm talking a foreign language sometimes/ It's the facts of life sunshine''.

Shellac man and well-credited producer Steve Albini has astutely allowed this album to be what it is, and thus some songs, including the title track and Pretension/Repulsion are unadulterated, classic Manics. Marlon J.D, a tribute to the tormented celluloid legend, is driven with such instrumental veracity as to render it one of the standout offerings on the album.

The benefactors of Edwards' remaining unexpressed ideas have found a fitting vehicle to carry them to an audience, and the dual edge of final track William's Last Words and hidden extra Bag Lady is inspired. The former, reflective but far from maudlin, combines subtle strings and Nicky Wire's fragile, artless vocal. No one else could rightly sing the lines, ''Good luck my sweetheart/ You're the best friends I ever had''. Fittingly, the mood is immediately dissolved with the visceral, riff-laden secret track, and with the parting words, ''Eternity is not a sunrise'', and a symbol crash, he's gone.

Journal For Plague Lovers is enigmatic, engulfed, enraged, both intensely perceptive and painfully confused, musically and lyrically fervent, and a lasting touchstone for all those who will experience the same. --Keira Burgess

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bex on 20 July 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As a long time Manics fan I'd have bought this album regardless of the reviews on here. And I certainly wasnt dissapointed.

It has been said 'Journal For Plague Lovers' is a return to the 'old manics' and is in a similar vein to their masterpiece 'The Holy Bible'. It is easy to see how you can make these claims. All the lyrics are by missing since 1995 lyricist Richey Edwards, just one look at the lyrics could affirm this. The album coverart is also by the same artist (Jenny Saville)whose work was used for The Holy Bible cover.

But despite all this its unfair to call this album The Holy Bible mk2. Its a far more personal album - while the bible was often political and has tracks about the Holocaust this album is more focussed on an individuals feelings. The lyrics are still pretty dark however, and not particularly radio friendly. The music is perhaps more akin to the music on that album than any of their other recent efforts, but is more polished, the sound of a band that know their stuff.

I dont pretend to understand all that Richey writes about, although final track Williams Last Words could perhaps have all too clear a meaning...personally I find it a track that brings a tear to my eye, but most of the songs still have a catchiness that will have you revisting this album time and time again. There are no weak links here.

This album shows the Manic Street Preachers are still a fantastic band (and their recent performance at T in the Park definately confirmed this) who aren't afraid to try something different, and are not out just to sell mindless millions of records. With their last album, Send Away the Tigers, they were also on form and this cements their position as one of the most though provoking bands to ever come out of Britain.

A fitting tribute to Richey Edwards, im sure he would have thought highly of the music put to his lyrics here.

Lets hope they continue making such brilliant records.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul John Kerrigan on 9 Feb. 2013
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This album deserves so much more than just a 'Holy Bible II' label. It does need more than one listen, but by doing so, the listener is rewarded dividends. Not only is the music sounding as fresh as ever, (despite the Manics' long career so far), it is the lyrics which are of particular importance for me, primarily because of their intelligence and great, probably long thought consideration, prime examples being 'Me and Stephen Hawking' and 'This Joke Sport Severed'.
I work in Mental Health and it is so refreshing to find an album written by a troubled, but incredible lyricist, of whom himself was a Mental Health patient -a group often over looked at, artistically in an often prejudiced industry.
In Richey Edwards' words, there is something powerful in the stark reminders that he delivers, which although often dark, are uterly compelling and absolutely required when both explaining and referencing his material. This, coupled with the majestic and highly polished music that the rest of the Manics' clan have written lovingly and with great disciplined care for the lyrics, makes for an album that although bridges links with 'The Holy Bible' in terms of themes, can actually stand out as a classic album on its own, free from the worry of ever having to perform well commercially, unlike what 'The Holy Bible' had, despite the band having very little interest in profit-driven efforts both back then and now.
Many of the subjects dealt with (and there are many), although written in the early Nineties, are actually eerily relevant to today, such as genetic engineering for example, seen in the line -'Today it's a cow, tommorow it's you'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Smith on 2 July 2009
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I come to this without a lot of prejudice - familiar with the Manics through Forever Delayed and This Is My Truth but turned off a bit by Know Your Enemy - although listening to this album makes me want to listen to that again in case I missed something first time around.

This album sounds incredibly fresh - not at all what you would expect from a band that has been going for more than 15 years. It doesn't feel formulaic or contrived and genuinely seems to have been born out of loss and continued love for a friend.

I bought this at the same time as The Holy Bible as I read reviews comparing the two and I would rate this album higher - more accomplished musically and more grown up but obviously dealing with many of the same themes.

It's a miracle that a band can produce work like this after so long in the business - Radiohead maybe the only other one I can think of.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luk Goossens on 27 Jun. 2009
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I have this album now for two months and I have listened to it almost 50 times now. It is quite simply a brilliant album. It is definitely in my top 4 of the Manics. Top 4 being Everything Must Go, The Holy Bible, Gold Against The Soul and Journal For Plague Lovers. Not in this specific order though, After all these years I am still trying to figure out which one is the best, I guess all of them have a different effect on me depending on the mood I'm in at that moment.

This album is highly addictive, it will make you listen over and over again and I'm sure I will do so in many years to come.

At times it even made me cry, from JOY that is !!!
If you don't have it yet, just go and get it.
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