James Dean Bradfield - Even In Exile
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2020 Ratings: #148 / 612
User Score
Based on 31 ratings
2020 Ratings: #795
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August 14, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Montyray / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Clash
One of our greatest living guitarists has conjured up something truly special.
80
Q Magazine

It's a record that draws you in, first with its story, and then with its songs. A wonderful break from the day-job.

80
Uncut
Intriguing, emotive solo concept album by Manics songwriter.
80
Mojo

Protest songs can be dour, but Bradfield dresses lyrics adapted from the poems of Patrick Jones in his most ornately uplifting arrangements.

80
NME

A tribute to Chilean revolutionary Víctor Jara, this solo record steers clear of hackneyed music homage in favour of propulsive guitar tunes.

80
Under The Radar

Building impeccably upon the foundations laid by its successor back in 2006, Even In Exile is an album that fully illustrates Bradfield’s stature as a solo artist of some repute.

80
The Arts Desk
Bradfield being the architect of the Manics’ heart-stopping choruses makes the parallels with the day job easy to draw - but by combining them with elements of Jara’s Spanish-style guitar and some of the most beautiful melodic flourishes he has ever written, Bradfield breathes new life into those old tricks.
80
musicOMH
An undoubtedly impressive outing, both in terms of being an engaging, impactful set of songs but also as an educational exercise in shining further light on an important musician and cultural figure.
80
The Independent

A master at cramming elaborate lines into verses far too small for them, Bradfield could have made Even in Exile a wordy tangle of exotic oppressions. Instead, to draw parallels with the “acceptable” brutalising of today’s socialist figures, he takes a more impressionistic approach.

80
Classic Rock

Bradfield’s invention knows no bounds as he shines light on the darkest corners of history.

80
AllMusic

The key to Bradfield's album is how it respectfully salutes Jara while conveying the emotions and ideas stirred within the singer/songwriter -- a rare trick that is quite compelling on this urgent yet nuanced song cycle.

80
The Observer
The Manics frontman keeps the Chilean activist’s spirit alive in this richly rewarding solo release.
75
The Line of Best Fit
Even without his bandmates, Bradfield manages to do what Manics have always done better than everybody else; explore the politics, history and legacy of art through an accessible rock and roll lens.
70
Beats Per Minute

Even if it’s a bit much at times, Even in Exile could well be the best record Bradfield has lent his voice to since 2009’s Journal for Plague Lovers; it’s not a classic, but a very strong, autumnal call to arms.

60
DIY
With more focus, this could have felt quite vital.
Doofy
NR
James Dean..."cool!"....Bradfield

James Dean Bradfield.

"oh"

Some admittedly juicy lead guitar playing in places from the moonlighting Manics frontman - but unimaginative compositions/melodies and some of the riffs are dull, all very laidback, NR
elsotemo
55
Resiste, Víctor Jara, No calla
Tobzzz
62
It's good... just not what I wanted.
Shearer
68
Its not bad, but a lot of the songs are too dull and drawn out. Overall, its a pretty solid alt rock album.

Favourite Tracks : THIRTY THOUSAND MILK BOTTLES, UNDER THE MIMOSA TREE, LA PARTIDA, THE LAST SONG
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Track List

  1. RECUERDA
  2. THE BOY FROM THE PLANTATION
  3. THERE'LL COME A WAR
  4. SEEKING THE ROOM WITH THE THREE WINDOWS
  5. THIRTY THOUSAND MILK BOTTLES
  6. UNDER THE MIMOSA TREE
  7. FROM THE HANDS OF VIOLETA
  8. WITHOUT KNOWING THE END (JOAN'S SONG)
  9. LA PARTIDA
  10. THE LAST SONG
  11. SANTIAGO SUNRISE
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