Postcards From A Young Man
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Postcards From A Young Man

20 Sep 2010

4.99 (VAT included if applicable)
  Song Title
(It's Not War) Just the End of Love
Postcards from a Young Man
Some Kind of Nothingness
The Descent - (Pages 1 & 2)
Hazelton Avenue
Golden Platitudes
I Think I Found It
A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun
All We Make Is Entertainment
The Future Has Been Here 4 Ever
Don't Be Evil

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 17 Sep 2010
  • Release Date: 17 Sep 2010
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 43:41
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  • ASIN: B0041JJFJ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,482 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine album from The Manics 21 Sep 2010
By Mr K
Format:Audio CD
When I first listened to "Postcards" I was a touch disappointed. I was not expecting a repeat of the brilliant "Journal" but even so the initial impression of "Send Away The Tigers" pt 2 left me lukewarm. It all seemed a bit overblown. However repeated listens have allowed details to emerge and the elements to coalesce into a wonderful noise.

The first 3 tracks are polished to a burnished rock gleam, and despite being a bit ridiculous (and the Manics have never been afraid of the ridiculous, thank goodness), are glorious. The album opener "It's Not War..." starts with a lovely, slightly scuffy riff before the strings sweep in like it's 1996. Anthemic and then some.
The title track follows in a similar vein. Whilst railing against the loss of principles the song soars until the defiant coda, ending with "I will not give up and I will not give in." Corny as hell, but wow, they are good at this kind of thing.
"Some Kind of Nothingness" is a fabulously over the top epic ballad featuring Ian McCulloch, choirs and a kitchen sink. Terribly sad yet utterly euphoric.
Things calm down a bit with "The Descent". In fact it sounds a bit tame, a bit sedate. Not bad, just...OK.
I thought Hazleton Avenue was a bit of a stinker on first listen, but I'm liking it more now. The riff is lovely, but the strings are perhaps too much here.
"Auto-Intoxication" is a throwback to an earlier Manics at times with it's choppy guitar and obvious politics. I like it a lot.
"Golden Platitudes" is a graceful and reflective ballad about political betrayal. In the context of this album quite understated.
As is "I Think I've Found It" which has at times an almost 80's indie feel, and a lovely lilting rhythm.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Postcards - Track by Track 21 Sep 2010
By Pinky
Format:Audio CD
(It's not war) Just the end of love

Opens with a lovely, dirty guitar arpeggio then quickly descends into a very catchy pop song. I say 'pop' rather than rock as the Manics are clearly putting out a very radio friendly song as their first single from the album. Despite this (or because of it), it remains (for me) the weakest song on the album. I doubt it will grow as I've heard it more than any other song at this point. This song is the Manics on autopilot which means it's good, just not great.


Postcards from a young man

This is more like it and gives a better indicator of what the Manics are setting out to do with this album. The song is melodic and accessible while maintaining a creative flourish that really lifts the song into greatness. James' guitar playing is restrained throughout and a lovely melodic riff underpins the start of the song. The verse is driven by piano and the guitar takes a back seat, though when the chorus arrives the guitar once again kicks in and carries the song completely. Strings are used throughout to great effect, the whole song builds to a lovely crescendo.


Some kind of nothingness

Continuing the Manics tradition of cracking duets, Ian McCullough joins in for a lofty, string driven ballad. Although a ballad, schmaltz is thankfully very far away and the chorus is joined by a Gospel choir. Once again we have a melodic, radio friendly song that should certainly be a candidate for a single.


The Descent (Pages 1&2)

The Descent kicks in with a mildly distorted descending guitar chord sequence which seques into the 1st verse as the guitar arpeggios in the background carry the melody.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - really growns on you 24 Sep 2010
By zoek5m
Format:Audio CD
I love this album. I'm so enthusiastic about it that I'm writing my first review.
Took a few listens to really get into it but its deffinitely something special. You can tell they have put a lot of effort into it and it pays off.
My Favourite song is 'Postcards from a Young man' but there are numerous others that I just keep having to go back an listen to. This album is addictive!
The lyrics are beautiful also.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it. 8 Nov 2010
By Sharon
Format:Audio CD
I have never bought a Manic's album before but this is great. I love every single track.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs more than one listen 23 Sep 2010
By SCHu89
Format:Audio CD
First off, this isn't the post-punk 'we want to be the Clash mkII' type of Manics album, it's from the 'Tigers' style.
It does take a few listens to start to get into the vibe of the record, you need to hear beyond the choirs and tune into the layered melodies and fantastic hook-lines.
Ironically it was the third or forth play of the album and on track number 8 'I Think I Found It', that I finally found it and really started to enjoy the music.

Buy/Download it, no regrets....
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's responsible... 15 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
You people complaining about the Manics "selling out" and the "scandalous" price of this boxed set; did you not notice the fact that there's a perfectly good copy of the album retailing for under a tenner? This isn't a case of "cough up eighty-five quid or you get nothing", those kind of complaints might be justified if this were the *only* edition available... It isn't. I am a young person who lives alone. I earn a modest wage. I live frugally a lot of the time and save a bit of money to spend on the things I really love. I'm happy to part with a little extra cash for something special from my favourite band, just as I would happily buy a new hardback novel from one of my favourite authors rather than a second-hand paperback. We might not all have the same amount of money, but we can all choose how to spend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did I miss this one out?
I have been a fan of the Manics from the very first album but had a gap in the middle in which I missed off this album and one or two others. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Briser
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This was a brilliant present it was what my friend wanted so I got it him for Christmas he was so over the moon
Published 7 months ago by A. M. Boyt
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
Not Manics greatest work, obviously. But a must to have their full back catalogue. Quite enjoyed, despite not loving. Reasonable
Published 9 months ago by Doug77
5.0 out of 5 stars ACE
This album is so good. I play it really loud, especially when the scouse singer comes on. It sends the neighbours crackers.
Published 9 months ago by Mungo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
I bought this album purely for the picture of my favourite actor on the cover. I was pleasantly surprised with the music and thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. M. Bicknell
5.0 out of 5 stars a sure hit for the manic's
full of beautifull melodies,strong songs and some catchy guitar riffs all in all this is a very good album,might not suit some of the hard core manic fans but i loved it.
Published 14 months ago by becks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album.
I bought this as a gift for my friend. Great album. Great value for money. Will be purchasing more in the future.
Published 14 months ago by Mich1214
5.0 out of 5 stars Welsh & Great
Great Song, Great Sound, Great Artist, Great Art work, Sounds great any time of the day on your own or with friends
Published 15 months ago by Bernard Mayers
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this so Much - very catchy
I bought this CD for my other half, and we started listening to it in the car. I have not listened to this sort of music seriously for a while now and I LOVE it - ALL the album is... Read more
Published 18 months ago by EarlySBFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than their latest offering... probably.
Best album of their's since Send Away the Tigers. It's middle-aged Manics doing their thing and doing it well. Big production, catchy hooks, I give it 10.
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