Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers
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Based on 18 reviews
2009 Ratings: #31 / 846
Year End Rank: #30
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Based on 35 ratings
2009 Ratings: #85
May 19, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
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Most artists spend their careers attempting to move away from their early work, refusing to look back or take inspiration from their past. Why? Is it embarrassment they feel when confronted with their younger selves? Determination to

continuously improve on what’s gone before? Or is it the worry that, should they return to any previous incarnation, they’ll invite unwanted comparison with a time when they were, perhaps, better?

Fantastic alternative rock with britpop and power pop elements. Has lovely guitar work throughout, very reminiscent of their older sound but also newer, so it has lovely variation. The songs are really nice and straight-forward but not too stripped down. Nice blend of melody, power pop riffs, and lovely, standard rock-y vocals. It has a very nice tone and atmosphere about it too and has some really deranged yet intriguing song titles. Probably my favourite album of theirs; it just kicks ass and ... read more
Call me a Richey fanatic, but I am absolutely convinced that the Manics are at their best when touched by the hand of Mr. Edwards. They can still put out amazing albums otherwise, Lifeblood and EMG come to mind, but I don't think they exactly reach the same heights. By looking backwards, they managed to breathe new life into themselves. An all-around amazing album.
Best Track: This Joke Sport Severed, Facing Page: Top Left, or All Is Vanity
Worst Track: Marlon J.D.
Most Overrated Track: She Bathed Herself In A Bath Of Bleach
Most Underrated Track: Pretenstion/Repulsion

Journal For Plague Lovers' greatest quality is probably its cohesion. The tracks here interlock tonally and the end product is a decent listen from start to finish
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Track List

  1. Peeled Apples
  2. Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
  3. Me And Stephen Hawking
  4. This Joke Sport Severed
  5. Journal For Plague Lovers
  6. She Bathed Herself In A Bath Of Bleach
  7. Facing Page: Top Left
  8. Marlon J.D. 
  9. Doors Closing Slowly 
  10. All Is Vanity 
  11. Pretension/Repulsion
  12. Virginia State Epileptic Colony
  13. William's Last Words

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