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5.0 out of 5 stars Thinks it's God, when it's the devil itself, 19 April 2003
This review is from: The Holy Bible (Audio CD)
Pretentious, political and at times poetic. Accumulating years of studying history and politics onto one disc, it's done so very well. It's gifted with a genuine detestation of political figures and glorifed serial killers which Richey/Nicky vent in their Archives of Pain. It's an education in itself, this album alone inspired hundreds of teenagers who realised that socialism is about more than being a miner from Wigan, to discover culture. Even if you depise the glamourous arrogance of the Manics, amongst the prosaic acerbity of their lyrics is a collections of songs blessed with the uniqueness of J-D Bradfield's vocals, stretched beyond what one would call 'jigsaw fitting' lyrics. It's difficult to express political opinion in sugar-coated melodies, this album is far from universal. It's ego requires tolerance; it's abrasiveness, patience. But it's expressive if not pacifying, its subject matter prevents any kinds of serene state. The album is active, if its heard from the point of view of it being solely a piece of music then its paradoxical beauty is lost. Read every condemnation, every scathing comment, its not fake depression cultivated by nu-metal, it's reality spat in its most real form.
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