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The sadness that permeates these songs (even the anthems) makes the death of band guitarist and co-songwriter Richey James all the more profound. This is the band's fourth album and the first since James vanished without a trace; some of his left-behind lyrics are featured in a number of songs here. As on previous MSP albums, there’s lots of topical commentary on subjects involving class, mortality, and isolation. The ascending and weirdly hypnotic “Design for Life” tells of cynicism born of class conflicts, and the beautiful and acoustic “Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky” draws attention to poorly treated creatures, both big and small. “Australia” is the poppiest moment among many poppy moments, and the galactic “Interiors (Song for Willem de Kooning)” rocks as hard as early MSP, but with more intent and soul. The Wire-like “Kevin Carter” is a trumpet-and-guitar hook-fest about the Pulitzer-winning photojournalist.

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Very good album

While not a Manic Street Preacher-ophile, I have a couple of their albums and have kept up with them. This album just has a vitality and emotionalism that their other albums seem to lack. This was selected as the album of the year for 1996 by several English magazines in their year-end lists, so give this a listen. For songs, go with "A Design for Life", "The Girl Who Wanted to be God" and "Kevin Carter" above all the rest.

A New Beginning To A Great Band

Why Manic Street Preachers never caught on in the States is a mystery? Perhaps Americans were too tied up in Soundgarden and Pearl Jam to understand where the Manics were coming from. Everything Must Go is an essential 90's album. It captures the overall feeling of social distaste and manages to be a very listenable record. "A Design For Life" was a huge hit in the UK, having become somewhat of a working class anthem. Although a somewhat dark album, it's actual a breath of fresh air compared to the first three, having lost main lyrics writer Richey James Edwards to a strange disappearance. The band asked permission to carry on without him, and Everything Must Go is the product of Edward's departure. Simply stunning.

cool, but...

where's the Chemical Brothers remix? seriously, iTunes, WHERE'D IT GO?!


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, leftist leanings, crunching...
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