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Worst Manics album ever,
This review is from: Postcards from a Young Man (Audio CD)
Normally, the lowest I'd ever expect to give a Manics album is 4 out of 5 (such as "Know your enemy").
However, this release just seems completely pointless and an attempt to regain their pop success of the late 90s.
We've had Everything Must Go, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours, Lifeblood and Send Away The Tigers. Is there really any need for this album?
I thought their last album, Journal For Plague Lovers, was their best work since The Holy Bible, so I was looking forward to this release.
What a disappointment. If you put EMG, TIMYTMY, LB and SATT into a pot, added lots of water and mixed well, then this album might be what you'd expect - a watered-down version of their poppier moments.
I think the Manics are at their greatest when they rock (Holy Bible, Journal, Terrorists etc). Maybe the pop sound gained them commercial success over ten years ago, but I really can't see this regaining that success for them. I think a credible hard-rocking album to follow up Plague Lovers would have been a better move.
I hope the next album restores my faith in the Manics. I still hope they have some more tracks like Faster, Peeled Apples or Bag Lady in them.