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Fabulous? Yes. Revolutionary? Yes.Generation Terrorists? No.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Know Your Enemy (Audio CD)
The Manics have never been a band to retain styles: each album has been varied to say the least. And although they have all been really excellent, out of the 5 prior to Know Your Enemy, Generation Terrorists was definately the best. Now THAT is a rock album, kids.
But I'm not here to rave about Generation Terrorists. I am here to review its latest challenger, Know Your Enemy.
The album opens with the classic 'Found That Soul'- which so badly should have been released by itself as the first single- So Why So Sad got all the airplay and everyone assumed the whole album was going to sound like The Beach Boys.
Not that So Why So Sad is bad- its melodies are buoyent and full of energy- but simply, Found That Soul is just a better track- with its punky riff and sing-a-long chorus.
Other stand-out tracks include The Convalescent- which sounds (strange as it may seem) like a cross between Generation Terrorists and This Is My Truth, My Guernica- a dischordant Holy Bible like track and Intravenous Agnostic.
Tracks which perhaps let the album down are Epicentre- not bad but boring and His Last Painting- although I have a feeling this track may grow on me.
But it's not as good as Generation Terrorists.