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Mine has surely got to be 'Generation Terrorists'. Never got into 'Holy Bible' in the same way.
Generation Terrorists has its moments, but is overlong. It'd be much better if a few tracks were shaved off it (the USA version of Repeat?!). Gold Against The Soul is much better, mainly for being shorter (and containing La Tristessa...)
My favourite is Everything Must Go. I know it's post-Richey, but it is fucking brilliant. And he didn't really do anything apart from write some lyrics and cut himself.
Holy Bible and Everything Must Go. The latter was post-Richey, sure, but it gave the lyrics a different sort of edge, one that was... I don't know, funereal, maybe? I know that's nothing new to say, but regardless, it tinged the lyrics with a different kind of sorrow.
SOrry to state the obvious but... yeah it just is.
Like the question - what is wet, made of H20 and comes out of taps. The obvious answer is water. It is also the RIGHT answer.
I'd say Everything Must Go is second. It is amazing considering what they went through (however trite that sounds) that they could make something as good as that as soon after, and I reckon A Design For Life is one of the all-time best 'comeback singles', but... it's just not as good as The Holy Bible. Because (in my view anyway) very very very few things are.
Holy Bible' is ideal for self pitying teen years. The runaway winner once the Manics obsession has worn off is 'Everything Must Go'. Best crafted, best lyrics, most varied, least pretentious, really just the best set of songs they're likely to release.
THe Holy Bible is still the album that stands the test of time. Seriously. EMG is all very well and good but The Holy Bible has a special something that makes it stand out not just from the rest of the Manics' output, but from almost all music produced in the last 20 years. Seriously.
still. It still stands up, whereas I found the others a little stale, dull and starting to date now. Holy Bible is still as diseased and wonderfully rotten as the day it was released. :-)
Holy Bible is a fantastic well-crafted record. A real beauty.
But I think I get more 'fun' out of Generation Terrorists you know? It's just ridiculously naive.
One of the best albums of all time.
4st7lbs, Faster, This Is Yesterday and Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruth... are four of the best songs ever written and there isn't a duff song on the whole record.
I'm actually just listening to the US mix for the first time on spotify now. Weird. But I kind of like it. The synths on She Is Suffering are funny!
Apart from that I only really like Generation Terrorists, and that's only really for the kickass cheesy guitar riffs. Everything Must Go is a good record too, but it sounds a bit dated to me. I think Design For Life was just a bit overplayed at the time.
The rest I can do without!
Same here. The Holy Bible, half of Gen Terrorists, then daylight.
i'd totally forgotten that the us version existed!
Nothing else even comes close. Generation Terrorists has some great songs, but it's too long. THB is an astonishing piece of work, it blows me away every time I listen to it, still. It's unsurpassable imo, not just by them, by pretty much anyone.
Is that weird?
Holy Bible >> Everything must go >>>>>> Gold against the soul > Know your enemy (I too have a soft spot for this one) > This is my truth tell me yours > Generation terrorists (face it folks, only 2 good songs with the rest largely sounding more embarrassing than the China Black debut LP)
Not heard Lifeblood, but I expect it's toss.
Clinical, sterile... it's their final acceptance and mourning.
Suits very well if you feel in a similar position in your life.
then Gold Against The Soul, Everything Must Go, Generation Terrorists, This is My Truth... , Know Your Enemy.
Listened to Lifeblood once, never again. I also have to say I know it's a compilation but Lipstick Traces gets played more often then most of their albums at my gaff.
but i've always felt Know Your Enemy is hugely underrated and misunderstood. I think it's an album that has been saddled with a bad reputation due to some bias existing at the time. Somehow the reputation stuck but most journalist and fans who slam it haven't revisted or actually created a sound argument as to why the album isn't a worthy addition to the Manic's canon.
and were hung up on that rather than realising that it's an excellent song. That and'OMG Nicky sings on one song and OMG James wrote one and wut? these songs appear to be from different genres and stuff' meant that the reviews and initial reactions focussed less on the music and more on the sort-of-uniqueness of the record - it has Miss Europa Disco Dancer and (for example) Intravenous Agnostic on it, no previous Manics album had that sort of diversity.
For my money, it's very good. Highlights are Baby Elian, So Why So Sad, Found That Soul, Freedom Of Speech Won't Feed My Children, and especially Let Robeson Sing and The Year Of Purification, which are easily two of my favourite Manics songs.
Because it is
Just because it's genius. Musically as well as lyrically. One of the best albums of all time without a doubt. But that's not to write off the rest of their material. There's something to love about all their albums - even Know Your Enemy - and I have to agree with thepinkink that Lifeblood is massively underrated. I mean, 1985 is just glorious!
Gold Against The Soul for the rocking tunes
phenomenal back catalogue to choose from though, right up until around 97 at least. Hope the new one goes some way to addressing that...