People tend to say that "Send Away the Tigers" is a return to form after the disappointing "Know Your Enemy" and "Lifeblood". I do not agree. I enjoyed "Know Your Enemy" very much, and "Lifeblood" was also a very very good album. "1985", a song from "Lifeblood", is, in my opinion, one of the best Manics' songs, second only to "Motorcycle Emptiness". Therefore, I do not consider "Send Away the Tigers" to be a return to form - it is as good as ever. It is different from "Lifeblood" - more energetic, less electronic, but as melodic. It is also different from "Know Your Enemy" - more mainstream, less punk, but as hard.
"Send Away the Tigers" is indeed a brilliant album. The guitar riffs of James are there ("Imperial Bodybags"), killer-ballads are there ("Second Great Depression", "Indian Summer"), hard-rock is there ("Rendition")... Concerning the best songs on the album - "Your Love Alone is not Enough", "Autumn Song" and "I'm just a Patsy" - it suffices to say that each of them had more than 30 play counts on my iPod two weeks after the release of the CD.
The Manics are not back. They have always been with us. And they stay here.