8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Ignore the critics, its a masterpiece!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Know Your Enemy (Audio CD)
Its about time someone set the record straight (no pun intended) about this album. The critics have been all over it calling it misguided, and a commercial flop, but when you point out that the Manics were never supposed to be commercial, and look at their track record for doing something radical to get people talking and debating, you realise just how clever it is. There are still a couple of chart hits there (So Why So Sad), but there are also the more rocky tracks like Found That Soul, released simultaneously with So Why So Sad and achieving a similar chart position despite drastically less radio airplay. It just shows that the Manics are one of those great bands with such a strong fanbase that they need no airplay to sell their records.
They also made this album much more political than recent albums, with Freedom of Speech Wont Feed my Children and keeping up their knack of causing controversy. Baby Elian is a blatant and scathing attack on a certain governments attempts to police the world and the lyrics (kidnapped to the promised land/operation peter pan/america/the devils playground) drive that point home. As a result this album was very nearly banned in the country referred to.
They also found time for some good old fashoined mickey taking in Royal Correspondant. 'Dream of the Daily Mail/It is the Holy Grail' and 'bet you'd love the chance to eat their food/even though it has been chewed' is pure lyrical genious.
So this has to be one of the Manics most misunderstood albums to date, but with their recent albums bringing a totally different type of fan, it was about time the Manics sorted out the real fans from the radio loving pop fans with a purely contraversial offering. If you are a true Manics fan, just ignore the critics and buy it!