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Old 05-03-2009, 11:40 PM   #46
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And I completely agree that Jackie Collins is some choice rock music.
it really is.

unfortunately, i haven't really been able to get into anything else yet since i first heard the entire thing today. peeled apples is also quite good, but thus far jackie collins'... is easily my favourite.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:18 AM   #47
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Just giving the whole thing a listen now. Peeled Apples still the fave so far...
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Old 05-06-2009, 02:30 PM   #48
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After a week or so, this is probably my most listened-to album of the year. Don't know if I'd call it my favorite yet, but it's close.

I think if I had to rank the tracks at this point, the top five would look something like this.

1. Journal for Plague Lovers
2. Peeled Apples.
3. Jackie Collins' Existential Question Time
4. Virginia State Epileptic Colony
5. This Joke Sport Severed/Me and Stephen Hawking/William's Last Words

It's hard to decide between those three. I wanted to ask the obvious question about William's Last Words... everyone else taken with the standard reading of the song as Richey's suicide note? I think it's absolutely crushingly sad, and it achieves that effect without being self-loathing or even self-pitying. It just sounds like someone tired of life. It's brutal but beautiful, if I can call it that comfortably. I also think it's interesting that Nicky is doing lead vocals - I can't help but think that's a conscious decision to make it stand out from James. Placing it at the end of the album (not counting the hidden track) really makes me feel like they see it the same way, and it's just highlighted by not being the MSP sound, musically or vocally. Such a sad song.
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I've listened to the album a bit, it doesn't blow me away, but it is a good solid album. The lyrics sound unfinished and the melody's are weak at times but that's to be expected. Really I half expected this to be terrible but overall I'm impressed. It's a solid album, it's good, a lot better than I thought it would be.
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Got everything by the Manics
Amazing band

Not sure if i will like this new one though - was never a massive fan of most of the richie era bar 4 or 5 tracks
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In an effort to find The National's performance from last night, I found this:

Manic Street Preachers on Later with Jools Holland

I haven't watched it yet (nor have I heard any of the new songs...), but I'm assuming it rules.
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:21 PM   #52
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Got everything by the Manics
Amazing band

Not sure if i will like this new one though - was never a massive fan of most of the richie era bar 4 or 5 tracks
Most of the singles from the first few albums are great, The Holy Bible is near perfect. But there were a lot of duds on the first two, I'll grant you that.

But I would say the same thing about the band post-Richey. I really love Everything Must Go and Send Away the Tigers, but am meh about the albums that came between, except for a few singles and other tracks.
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The Jools Holland stuff is awesome, especially "Me and Stephen Hawking."
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This is my truth tell me yours is a quality album
I was listening to the holy bible today and there are some belters mixed in with some rubbish ones

Gold Against the Soul is more friendly on the ears overall

Everything must go is a classic - i love know your enemy too
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This is my truth tell me yours is a quality album
I was listening to the holy bible today and there are some belters mixed in with some rubbish ones

Gold Against the Soul is more friendly on the ears overall

Everything must go is a classic - i love know your enemy too
I think Know Your Enemy is incredibly inconsitent - the music is generally great, but the songs aren't memorable to me at all. And even though This is My Truth was my first MSP album, it is by far my least favorite of the ones that I own. I really don't think anything on The Holy Bible is rubbish, although there are tracks I don't like as much. Everything Must Go may be the only album we agree on, which is okay, because it's awesome.
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I think Know Your Enemy is incredibly inconsitent - the music is generally great, but the songs aren't memorable to me at all. And even though This is My Truth was my first MSP album, it is by far my least favorite of the ones that I own. I really don't think anything on The Holy Bible is rubbish, although there are tracks I don't like as much. Everything Must Go may be the only album we agree on, which is okay, because it's awesome.
I agree with every word written here (except Truth was not my first MSP album)
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I don't get the love for Jackie Collins' Existential Question Time, the lyrics to it are seriously awful it's probably the one moment on the album that has lyrics as bad as I imagined they would be
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I don't get the love for Jackie Collins' Existential Question Time, the lyrics to it are seriously awful it's probably the one moment on the album that has lyrics as bad as I imagined they would be
the blowout at the end... i love his singing. he's got just this powerful voice.

what are the lyrics anyway? i can't find them anywhere.
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I don't get the love for Jackie Collins' Existential Question Time, the lyrics to it are seriously awful it's probably the one moment on the album that has lyrics as bad as I imagined they would be
I just heard it now for the first time (listened to it twice). As UL described the album, it's not exactly "anthemic" for a lead single. I'm not overly impressed at this point, but I love the guitar.
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