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MORTEN AASTAD | Oslo Norway | 05/28/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Manics are back! Not that they had gone anywhere, they just, faultered, a little bit.
Their last two albums are not favorites of mine. Know your enemy was unfocused and for the first time, their views and oppinions felt like they weren't delivered, as much as rammed down my throat. As for their next effort, lifeblood, it just seemed so wishy washy. Squishy even.
This time they have gotten their house in order. The songs are delivered right away. You hardly get time to relax before one sharp hook is delivered after another. The lyrics are a lot more of everything this time as well. And when things might start to sound a bit too familliar, in comes 'Your Love Alone Is Not Enough'. Bringing in a female voice, the wonderful Nina Persson of The Cardigans, ads another dimension, and lets you sing along to what should be deemed as the pop/rock singel of 2007.
I was a bit worried when I saw the cover. It looks like a Beautiful South album (not that I don't like that band, I do, and they will be sorely missed). I thought perhaps they had gone in some sort of nostalgic pop tune direction.
But, one song in and my worries were laid aside.
This is easily one of my top 5 albums for album of the year, so far, in 2007."
Leaves you wanting more!
Neverman | Georgia | 06/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"And that's a good thing, unlike some Manics' records that grow a bit tiresome in the latter songs. This is quick stuff - not a single song over 4 minutes. The guitar and vocal hooks leap off the disc. Probably the most immediately accessible thing the Manics have ever done. Bradfield continues the vibe on his solo disc and is absolutely brimming with energy and verve. His vocals and solos soar merrily along, backed by steady Wire and tight Moore. I could have used another 2 or 3 songs, but like one reviewer pointed out - there's no filler here. All the fat has been trimmed off. I have a friend who has a theory that every band has 3 and only 3 really good albums in them. He thinks the Manics' 3 good albums are Holy Bible, Everything Must Go, and This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours. He hasn't heard Send Away the Tigers yet. I can't wait to see which he revises: his list or his theory. Something's gotta give! Hope the boys tour the States this time around. I would love to see them perform some of these songs live."
Great return to form!
Lovblad | Geneva, Switzerland | 06/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The manics never do things in a half-baked way. If it is good it is excellent and if it is not I am not that interested. After reaching their high point (OK the previous efforts were also great) with Everythinng must go, they had soemehow lost breath but now they seem to have bounced back with new energy. The first song "Send away the tigers"statrs of in their typical instantly recognizable rocking and epic way. there is no doubt that this is their nest record of the last 10 years."