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Journal for Plague Lovers-Deluxe
Manic Street Preachers
Journal for Plague Lovers-Deluxe
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #2

Deluxe 2 CD edition includes a bonus disc of demo's of all the tracks featured on the album. Manic Street Preachers return with their ninth studio album, Journal For Plague Lovers. The album follows the hugely successful a...  more »

     

CD Details

All Artists: Manic Street Preachers
Title: Journal for Plague Lovers-Deluxe
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
Release Date: 5/19/2009
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, British Alternative
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 886975205929

Synopsis

Product Description
Deluxe 2 CD edition includes a bonus disc of demo's of all the tracks featured on the album. Manic Street Preachers return with their ninth studio album, Journal For Plague Lovers. The album follows the hugely successful and critically acclaimed 2007 release Send Away The Tigers, and the induction of the band into the NME s Hall Of Fame with their naming as the "NME Godlike Genius" for 2008. Produced by Steve Albini and recorded live at Rockfield Studios in Wales during the Winter of 2008, the album features lyrics left behind by former guitarist Richey Edwards across all 13 new tracks. An original piece of Jenny Saville s art is the cover of Journal for Plague Lovers, whose painting graced the cover of 1994 s The Holy Bible . Musically the band draw on their classic Holy Bible sound with elements of Nirvana s In Utero, as well as a delicate, beautiful acoustic side.

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Great Manics Album
Ruben Kincaid | Chicago, IL | 05/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a longtime Manics fan - like a lot of fans the Holy Bible (THB) is my favorite. (Okay, here's my big chance to be a pretentious music critic...) Journal for Plague Lovers (JFPL) is as close as the Manics have come to the Holy Bible but it is still very different - Richey's lyrics are fragmented/unfinished (think of his songs on Everything Must Go) and the music is less agressive (but not too much!). Fans of THB don't fret - these are both dark rock albums - THB seemed to be more about the outside world (though that was often a foil for Richey) and bombastic, while JFPL is clearly much more introverted, and the songs are more melodic/beautiful. JFPL has some catchy songs, and even if the lyrics are abstract, their elusiveness harkens back to the Richey-era Manics and they sound like they make sense when sung by James. The last track "William's Last Words" is sung by Nicky - but he does a decent job, and it really is one of the most touching, sad songs I've ever heard. A great Manics album - non-fans might not fully appreciate the history behind it, so it may only be a 3.5-4 star album for them. The songs are short, polished, cohesive, and I can't stop listening them.

This version is worth it for fans because the sweet journal-like book with artwork by Richey. It is a hardcover book a little longer than a normal CD case, and contains about 30 pages - typed lyrics that don't always match the songs, and about a dozen drawings by Richey. The book is a little morbid as you might expect - like going into a dead person's home.

The demos on the 2nd CD though are a let down, and really aren't that much different than the LP tracks, other than having Nicky half-heartedly sing the title track and "Marlon JD". I wish they had James sing "Williams Last Words" on the demos. While the demos for the Holy Bible were cool to hear because the album is a classic, these don't do much for me a week after the album is released - I'd rather just listen to the album."