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The Holy Bible

Manic Street Preachers

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Album Review

It's difficult not to look at The Holy Bible as Richey James' last will and testament, yet that only makes the record all the more powerful. A remarkable step forward from the Manic Street Preachers' first two records, The Holy Bible is a tense, harrowing collection of tortured, cryptic declarations of depression — the diary of anorexia "4st 7lb" is one of the most chilling songs in rock & roll. James' lyrics, which are punctuated by Nicky Wire's political tirades, are unflinching in their bleakness. Every song has a passage frightening in its imagery. Although the music itself isn't as scarily intense, its tight, terse hard rock and glam hooks accentuate the paranoia behind the songs, making the lyrics cut deeper.

Customer Reviews

It's so bleak it's epic

I've heard this album a few times through at restrained volume and I can safely say I still no little about it. I shall persist with further listening, this time with the volume turned up. The melodies are as harrowing as the subject matter. That I can tell you. The tunes do not grip you, instead they are didactic for they like educate one. But then that's typical of the Manics.

This is incredible

Listen with the volume up. You will be stunned.

Best album of the 90,s or without a doubt the best British album

If your thinking of getting this album don't hesitate it's brilliant....however the American mix on the anniversary edition is been better...turn the volume up on yes,if white America nd faster without doubt my favourite album of all time

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Blackwood, Caerphilly, Wales

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Dressed in glam clothing, wearing heavy eyeliner, and shouting political rhetoric, the Manic Street Preachers emerged in 1991 from their hometown of Blackwood, Wales, as self-styled "Generation Terrorists." Fashioning themselves after the Clash and the Sex Pistols, the Manics were on a mission, intending to restore revolution to rock & roll at a time when Britain was dominated by trancey shoegazers and faceless, trippy acid house. Their self-consciously dangerous image,...
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