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4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed up but brilliant, 14 April 2001
This review is from: Know Your Enemy (Audio CD)
Well, fellow fans of the greatest band ever ..... this is fantastic, clumsy but truly inspirational often all at the same time. Found That Soul obviously was the first single and is a wonderful overture with a classy solo in the middle. Great sing-along pop/rock. Then came the This Is Yesterday of the record, Ocean Spray. A stunning, beautiful and fragile song that is like porcelain being smashed by the crunching post chorus guitar. James really ain't a bad lyricist! Intravenous Agnostic is very much like The Clash, dynamic and compact, driven by Sean's amazing, martial drumming. Whoever accuses the Manics of musical conservatism ahould take a look at So Why So Sad. Whereas Radiohead tried to be artistic by letting computers eat them, the Manics reinvent themselves with a Beach Boys song! Wonderfully summery but a disappointing first single because it gives people the wrong idea about the album. The best song came next, Let Robeson Sing. Political, heart-breaking and uplifting - exactly what the Manics should sound like! Just don't let me catch you with lighters!!! Year Of Purification is basically drive-time motown but strangely catchy and it has a wonder hook in "Moral little shitkickers/Liberal asinine pricks". After that came the unfortunate interlude of two pointless sneery songs, Wattsville Blues and Miss Europa Disco Dancer. Now honestly Nicky, please don't sing! Carry on writing the best lyrics in music but please, for your fans sakes, confine your singing voice to the shower! And don't attempt disco either cos it ain't gonna work ..... you're a punk band for goodness sake! Dead Martyrs is like Intravenous Agnostic basically but very nice. His Last Painting is My Little Empire only ten times better, lovely vocals and considered guitar from James. My Guernica certainly is weird. It is clunking punk but that's what makes it enamouring! But it does seem like they're trying slightly (ever so slighty) too hard to please the Richeyphiles. Whereas His Last Painting took the mood of My Little Empire, The Convalescent takes the lyrics and improves on them with a gorgeous, understated tune. Royal Correspondent is so-so a bit of a filler but nice chill-out music with a lyric similar in style to Mr Writer by the Stereophonics only not as whingey and spoilt as it's actually aimed at a worthwhile target.Epicentre has lovely piano and a sprawling lyric sheet similar to some of The Holy Bible stuff but not quite hitting the spot like Richey's did. Baby Elian may have some foolhardy lyrics but the point remains valid and the guitar is interesting in the best possible sense. Finally, Freedom Of Speech Won't Feed My Children. Brilliant. Great lyrics compensating for the last track's stupidity and it hits you in the face with a huge slab of punk. A rousing finale to another chapter in musical history. If you judge a band by its errors, then the manics HAVE to be the bestband ever.
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