Postcards From a Young Man

Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From a Young Man
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2010 Ratings: #369 / 879
User Score
Based on 30 ratings
2010 Ratings: #223
September 21, 2010 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
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It's packed with soaring string arrangements, massive choruses, guitar pyrotechnics, guest spots, and a gospel choir that shows up on four tracks. It's big, colorful, and determined in a way this band has pretty much perfected.


Everything here feels bigger than it ought to be, and to the album's credit, this aesthetic consistently overlays the whole thing; the curtain is never pushed aside to reveal the tangled mess of pulleys and disinterested stagehands in the wings.

Drowned in Sound

On the one hand, nobody believes that the next Manics record is going to be some sort of unfathomably obtuse excursion in drindcore. On the other, the fact that Postcards... is for the most part a foray into Seventies-style AOR and power-pop (think: Supertramp, ELO) suggests that the band aren’t entirely serious about gunning for 2010 chart gold here.


This lack of organic feeling, when paired with the continuous mention of “commercial” aims, becomes troubling.

Postcards from a Young Man marks another shift for the Manics, as the band enters another decade. Once again turning their backs on their punk rock roots, the band's tenth studio album is a record filled with radio-friendly anthems, built around recognizable choruses and infectious guitar play. Lyrically, it's Hardy very interesting or original, particularly when comparing with the previous album. But in terms of the music and instrumentation, it is one of the better entries in the band's ... read more
Some famous guests and a gospel choir enter this space of remarkable energy, where the powerful melodies, strengthened with strings and robust guitars, create a massive, pop album wrapped in scarlet, rock ribbons, deliberately shaped to form the word success.
Not their strongest outing, but far from their worst. Middle-of-the-road for the Manics, but that middle area still trounces a lot of other bands' work.
Best Track: Postcards From A Young Man, Some Kind Of Nothingness, Golden Platitudes, or All We Make Is Entertainment
Worst Track: Don't Be Evil
Most Overrated Track: It's Not War Just The End Of Love
Most Underrated Track: The Descent [Pages 1 & 2]

Good music and all, but them's some flimsy lyrics
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Track List

  1. It's Not War Just The End Of Love 
  2. Postcards From A Young Man 
  3. Some Kind Of Nothingness 
  4. The Descent [Pages 1 & 2] 
  5. Hazleton Avenue 
  6. Auto Intoxication 
  7. Golden Platitudes 
  8. I Think I've Found It 
  9. A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun 
  10. All We Make Is Entertainment 
  11. The Future Has Been Here 4 Ever 
  12. Don't Be Evil


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