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Postcards From A Young Man

20 Sept. 2010 | Format: MP3

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(It's not war) Just the end of love

Opens with a lovely, dirty guitar arpeggio then quickly descends into a very catchy pop song. I say 'pop' rather than rock as the Manics are clearly putting out a very radio friendly song as their first single from the album. Despite this (or because of it), it remains (for me) the weakest song on the album. I doubt it will grow as I've heard it more than any other song at this point. This song is the Manics on autopilot which means it's good, just not great.

6/10

Postcards from a young man

This is more like it and gives a better indicator of what the Manics are setting out to do with this album. The song is melodic and accessible while maintaining a creative flourish that really lifts the song into greatness. James' guitar playing is restrained throughout and a lovely melodic riff underpins the start of the song. The verse is driven by piano and the guitar takes a back seat, though when the chorus arrives the guitar once again kicks in and carries the song completely. Strings are used throughout to great effect, the whole song builds to a lovely crescendo.

9/10

Some kind of nothingness

Continuing the Manics tradition of cracking duets, Ian McCullough joins in for a lofty, string driven ballad. Although a ballad, schmaltz is thankfully very far away and the chorus is joined by a Gospel choir. Once again we have a melodic, radio friendly song that should certainly be a candidate for a single.

8/10

The Descent (Pages 1&2)

The Descent kicks in with a mildly distorted descending guitar chord sequence which seques into the 1st verse as the guitar arpeggios in the background carry the melody.
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When I first listened to "Postcards" I was a touch disappointed. I was not expecting a repeat of the brilliant "Journal" but even so the initial impression of "Send Away The Tigers" pt 2 left me lukewarm. It all seemed a bit overblown. However repeated listens have allowed details to emerge and the elements to coalesce into a wonderful noise.

The first 3 tracks are polished to a burnished rock gleam, and despite being a bit ridiculous (and the Manics have never been afraid of the ridiculous, thank goodness), are glorious. The album opener "It's Not War..." starts with a lovely, slightly scuffy riff before the strings sweep in like it's 1996. Anthemic and then some.
The title track follows in a similar vein. Whilst railing against the loss of principles the song soars until the defiant coda, ending with "I will not give up and I will not give in." Corny as hell, but wow, they are good at this kind of thing.
"Some Kind of Nothingness" is a fabulously over the top epic ballad featuring Ian McCulloch, choirs and a kitchen sink. Terribly sad yet utterly euphoric.
Things calm down a bit with "The Descent". In fact it sounds a bit tame, a bit sedate. Not bad, just...OK.
I thought Hazleton Avenue was a bit of a stinker on first listen, but I'm liking it more now. The riff is lovely, but the strings are perhaps too much here.
"Auto-Intoxication" is a throwback to an earlier Manics at times with it's choppy guitar and obvious politics. I like it a lot.
"Golden Platitudes" is a graceful and reflective ballad about political betrayal. In the context of this album quite understated.
As is "I Think I've Found It" which has at times an almost 80's indie feel, and a lovely lilting rhythm.
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I love this album. I'm so enthusiastic about it that I'm writing my first review.
Took a few listens to really get into it but its deffinitely something special. You can tell they have put a lot of effort into it and it pays off.
My Favourite song is 'Postcards from a Young man' but there are numerous others that I just keep having to go back an listen to. This album is addictive!
The lyrics are beautiful also.
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You people complaining about the Manics "selling out" and the "scandalous" price of this boxed set; did you not notice the fact that there's a perfectly good copy of the album retailing for under a tenner? This isn't a case of "cough up eighty-five quid or you get nothing", those kind of complaints might be justified if this were the *only* edition available... It isn't. I am a young person who lives alone. I earn a modest wage. I live frugally a lot of the time and save a bit of money to spend on the things I really love. I'm happy to part with a little extra cash for something special from my favourite band, just as I would happily buy a new hardback novel from one of my favourite authors rather than a second-hand paperback. We might not all have the same amount of money, but we can all choose how to spend it.
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Controversy and anger have followed this shoebox since it was first announced. Was it Sony's idea? Probably not, the Oscar Wilde quote on the back could only be Nicky Wire's idea. "Nothing succeeds like excess" is one way to explain this supadupamegadeluxe box set, but it's debatable as to whether it is a success, or indeed excessive. A CD, DVD, cassette, scrapbook and postcards don't make for the most outrageous accumulation of goodies ever chucked in a box and sold to hardcore fans at such a price.

In spite of this, I only went and bought it. This either makes me insanely rich or just outright insane, but I'm not about to ask for a refund. The scrapbook is the key component. Yes, the majority of its pages are available in smaller form in the 'common or garden' deluxe edition, but you cannot argue with the added production value of the 42 high quality A4 pages ring bound here. Varnish is applied to images throughout to lend a homemade 'stuck on' appearance. It's undoubtedly the set's main selling point.

The slipcase-packaged DVD shows half an hour of the making of the album at Faster Studios. This doesn't exactly attempt to fill up the DVD's 4.7 GB capacity but what's there is enjoyable. Included are teasing glimpses of songs that didn't make the album like A Perfect Place To Grow and Breaking Up Again, and a wondrous section on the recording of Some Kind Of Nothingness that begins with Nicky Wire singing to himself while taking his dog for a walk in the snow and concluding with him signing along to Ian McCulloch laying down his vocal.

Having the demos on cassette is a charming idea for those of a certain age.
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