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The Holy Bible

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  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B000024J5H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Yes
  2. Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart
  3. Of Walking Abortion
  4. She Is Suffering
  5. Archives Of Pain
  6. Revol
  7. 4st 7lb
  8. Mausoleum
  9. Faster
  10. This Is Yesterday
  11. Die In The Summertime
  12. The Intense Humming Of Evil
  13. P.C.P.

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The Holy Bible is the sound of a band plunging into chaos, taking in such joyous subjects as the holocaust ("The Intense Humming Of Evil"), prostitution ("Yes"), anorexia ("4st 7lb") and general despair (everything else). Needless to say, the majority of it was written by guitarist Richey Edwards, just before he was hospitalised for depression. It's not the easiest album in the world to listen to, with James Bradfield often having to cram all the words together to fit them all in, but it's worth the perseverance. The dark, gothic (but never Goth) guitars compliment the black mood of "Yes" and the alternately narcissistic and disgusted "Faster" (which samples the film version of Orwell's masterpiece, 1984), while the gentle, acoustic "This Is Yesterday" often sounds close to breaking. Suffice to say, this is not a party record, but for pure, intelligent hatred, of the self and of others, it is fascinating, and still one of the Manics greatest moments. -- Emma Johnston

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Fantastic album, I highly recommend it.
However, I would suggest to not buy it as a first Manics album - I feel you need to trust them a bit before you listen to this!
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Very dark. Powerful stuff
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MSP what's not to like
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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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Quite truly one of the marvels of British and Welsh music at the end of the twentieth century, The Holy Bible is both harrowing and addictive yet has placed the Manic Street Preachers in a awkward situation; never again would their music and lyrics fuse together into a cohesive fireball of nilhism, rage, and beauty.
The roots of this album start with the over-produced "Gold Against The Soul" and the backlash that befell the band that wanted to be bigger than Guns N' Roses. While the effort was more streamlined than the debut, the result was a Manic Street Preachers album that was too polished, very photogenic, and even polite enough to merge with MOR stadium rock in an effort to gain a larger audience. The acoustic trend in music was acknowledged with hefty doses of fingerpicked intros and hushed Hammond organs while grunge was highlighted with wah-wah pedals and stacatto riffs. They supported this album by playing with Bon Jovi.
Then, things started to happen. Richey Edwards continued his slide into self-hurt, depression, alcoholism, and drug abuse. Musical tastes were changing as bands jumped on the BritPop bandwagon. Pop music was on the way up as moody, introspective rock was on the way out. Their manager, Philip Hall, had passed away from cancer. Kurt Cobain committed suicide. All of these factors combined with an Manic Street Preachers habit of changing gears to keep their musical approach fresh. Hammonds and acoustics were stripped off the songs. Fuzz guitars and bass were added along with flanger and phase effects. The band that had a soundbite for each track on their debut album started defining each track with an opening excerpt from film, text, and music.
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A punk, cross Indie rock n roll album..
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The Holy Bible begins with a sliver of direct speech, ending in `everything's for sale,' kicking off a track and an album highlighting the sterile, soulless nature of capitalism. 'Yes', a song about prostitution, starts out with a mellowish guitar line and muted bass, James Dean Bradfield's vocals are thoughtful and melancholic. It doesn't last: The music builds to a frenzy to match the density of Richey Edwards' lyrics, reaching a crescendo whose drums, chords and bass are strong enough to bear up Bradfield's barrage.

'IfwhiteAmericahadtotellthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart'

'IfwhiteAmericahadtotellthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart' is no less boisterous, but a little less refined. One of the weaker tracks on the album, it works better conceptually than in actuality. A scathing attack on American consumerism, the music doesn't quite manage to hold the lyrics with the same flair as much of the rest of the album, and the keening solos come a little too close to American stadium rock to take itself as seriously as it should.

'Of Walking Abortion'

Far stronger, and with a keener bite, 'Of Walking Abortion' is as merciless as the title implies. Pounding guitars, relentless drumsticks, the bass running an undercurrent of violence, the song is a brutal pleasure, culminating in Bradfield's chilling howl demanding to know `who's responsible' for the atrocities referenced.

'She Is Suffering'

The tone simmers down a touch for 'She Is Suffering', harp-like guitar lines bolstered by pin-neat drum patterns and shy, delicate vocals. It's as close as the band have ever come to a love song, and, although still beautiful, the lyrics do suffer the occasional lapse into cliché.
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This album is the darkest of the decade (although I'm not particularly qualified to say that, not having listened to every album) but I can't imagine an album that leaves the listener with so bleak an outlook, so complete an absence of any hope or comfort...
The lyrical contnet is difficult, heavily referential (see 'Archives of Pain' chorus), bleak and self-loathing in equal doses. The music is new age punk, haunting, spiky riffs over a torrent of explosive, intellegent lyrical lucidity that requires you to read along with the album booklet to make any sense out of it.
However, persevere with the album and its brilliance will shine through, the wonderful, utterly uncensored self deprecating vitriol will expose every other American 'angst band' for the superficial chancers that they are.
Watch out Brian Warner, Richey knows where you live.
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