Thursday, 14 April 2011

#465 - "Journal For Plague Lovers" - Manic Street Preachers

Released On:  Columbia Records, 2009

In 1995, unstable enigma Richey Edwards handed his bandmate Nicky Wire a folder of poetry, collages, and haikus.  A few weeks later he disappeared, never to be seen again.  Although there are the usual legendary claims of sightings around the world, with his car found abandoned near a known suicide bridge there can be little doubt as to his fate.  Journal For Plague Lovers is the musical embodiment of that final creative package; after several albums of striking out on their own, the band decided to create an album using only Richey Edwards' last words for lyrics.  The result is the rawest Manics album in the canon, a slashing, exuberant alt-rock album that kicks in the door with disturbed abandon.  Part of this, to be fair, is due to rock auteur Steve Albini's one-of-a-kind production.  The deranged intensity, however, is all Edwards.

Where You'd Know It From:  Alternablogs, English radio stations.

Track Listing:
1.  Peeled Apples (3:33)
2.  Jackie Collins Existential Question Time (2:24)
3.  Me And Stephen Hawking (2:46)
4.  This Joke Sport Severed (3:04)
5.  Journal For Plague Lovers (3:45)
6.  She Bathed Herself In A Bath Of Bleach (2:18)
7.  Facing Page: Top Left (2:40)
8.  Marlon J.D. (2:50)
9.  Doors Closing Slowly (2:52)
10.  All Is Vanity (3:35)
11.  Pretension/Repulsion (2:05)
12.  Virginia State Epileptic Colony (3:25)
13.  William's Last Words (4:15)
14.  Bag Lady (hidden track) (3:05)

("Peeled Apples")

("She Bathed Herself In A Bath Of Bleach")

("Jackie Collins Existential Question Time")

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