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on 8 February 2016
This mini EP is the Manics oldest recording (as far as I know second only to the 'Suicide Valley' single release) and pre dates their first album 'Generation Terrorists.' This is very raw and they're still finding their sound and brilliance at this stage. This collection proudly shows their influences but they're still way off being the well oiled machine they became - James's vocals in particular sound like they need more work.
Whilst this is definitely a promising sign of things to come, it's pretty much a demo of a band before they improved significantly for 'Generation Terrorists.' Loses one star for the very cheap and broken on arrival thinner than normal CD case it came in with.
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on 9 January 2003
This ep represents the early manics in all their conflicted despair, glamour and optimism. Their glorious us-against-the-world mentality is there for all to see.
All four songs are fast, catchy punk anthems mixed with intelligent political ramblings that the manics used to be so good at. There's a strange emptiness, a sense of horror sometimes, but this is ofset by the moments of inspiration, the bursts of energy, and definative riffs. I recommend this to any fan of punk-rock/the manics, it captures their early aggression and should be treasured.
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on 9 October 2000
ooh, the rawness. ooh, the soundbites. ooh, the indeciferable lyrics.
this is one of the manics' earliest releases and definatly one of my favourites. this is what the manics have always been about; politicised lyrics, hate, frustration and above all, intelligence.
if you like the manics and/or spittle sprayed punky angst, this e.p. is for you.
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on 26 March 2016
I've been a Manics fan since I bought Generation Terrorists, on cassette (makes me feel old!) shortly after its release in 1992 but have only recently purchased this earlier EP. A glimpse into what they were soon to be capable of, this is worth a listen but does not feature any "great" tracks. Needs listening to at high volume, so it's good in the car. One of the published reviews of this EP, from the time, states something along the lines that the band will be good if they get some decent songs - and how! Happy to have it in the collection and very much looking forward to seeing them locally, at Swansea, at the end of May.
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VINE VOICEon 15 June 2008
'Listen and learn now it's time to kill your betters'
The New Art Riot EP is a perfect example of the band's early punk style- short, heavy blasts of crunching guitars, minigun drum beats with near indecipherable sloganeering lyrics of anger and defiance. The four songs here are indispensable for all Manics fans, showing their youthful angst but single-minded fury.
'Hospital closure kills more than car bombs ever will'
New Art Riot, the single is the best song here, not as tuneful as Suicide Alley or Mowtown Junk, but with better lyrics. They are shocking, provocative, and screamed by James in a way that makes them seem like the most important words ever spoken. The stop/start timing of the song is a common feature of early manics songs, another sign of the dualism which makes them unique. It is a statement on creating something new- Museums are dead, for too long art has been the realm of the upper class, when true art is created in the ferocity of the moment. 'Everybody's taking drugs cos it makes governing easier' is an added tirade against the early 90's british music scene of getting stoned and spouting useless musings and worthless thoughts. One of the best songs of the early manic's catalogue.

'I don't wanna dance for people to watch'
Strip it Down was a live favourite for many years, sung in a more breathy fashion, with jumpy guitars and obligatory power chords. I was never much of a fan of this song as it seemed a much slower version of a typical punk song, and the lyrics were not as hard hitting as others. The song is about the greed of the rich, money causing pain etc, and doesn't always hit the mark.

'Your screaming so much that I feel sorry to breathe'
Last Exit On Yesterday is sung in a similar way to Strip It Down, and it is softer again. The three chord riff of the verse is suitably strong but simple, building to the short melodic chorus, which ends with another spiky riff. The thems of drugs, glamour, age, and of course fighting the tempting urge to do absoultely nothing other than waste away in front of the TV. The song comes to an abrupt end, but is a nice addition.

'I wanna wake to a shot parade of wealth And take a spray can to my useless vote'
Teenage 20/20 is the second best song here, with great melodies, a nice guitar solo near the end, and clashing drums bashing out a militaristic beat. The chorus is as big as early Manics choruses could get, with the futile glmaour refrain of 'We're dead end dolls and nothing's moving'. The lyrics are not as strong as on New Art Riot and later songs, but are typical or the period. Overall the four songs here show the Manics at the beginning- garage punk with spray painted ideals, and a vicious desire to scream at the world, to wake people out of their apathy, and to make great music. The most important band of the nineties had begun.
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on 19 June 2009
Im a proud owner of this little 'relic'.

In hindsight this album was the spark that started everything for this band. Quite exciting really.

Buy it.. second hand or not ... you should buy it.
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on 23 September 2000
Although this EP may seem underproduced and amaturish, the creative and though provoking messages which the manics express in these songs far outweighs the overproduction of later albums. New art riot is a must for all manics fans.
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on 15 October 2002
If you listen to songs like "A Design For Life" and "There By The Grace Of God", you could be forgiven for thinking that the Manic Street Preachers were inspired by the boring stadium rock bands of the early seventies.
The Manics have tended to take "Rock Boredom" to a new level of commercialism in recent years.
However, the Manics started out as a Clash-like political rock band with loads of energy and screaching guitars.
This very rare E.P. is one of the best examples of early Manics songs. It pre-dates "Motown Junk" and I think this is better. "New Art Riot" and "Strip It Down" are both great tracks, and the other two tracks are a lot better than songs like Tsunimi, The Everlasting or There By The Grace Of God. If you like the early Clash sound then you will love this E.P.
This really is the Manics at there best. Buy it and discover that the Manics have not always been boring middle-aged insignificants looking to maximise their earnings.
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on 5 August 2015
MSP, MSP, MSP, MSP, MSP, MSP, MSP, MSP,
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on 23 August 2004
Fancy rockin' out in your room right now? Then check this out: quarter of an hour from neo-punk specialists, The Manics. They seer through the crashing opening seemlessly to the end of this energetic little piece; like EP, like review - short but sweet.
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