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Postcards From A Young Man - Manic Street Preachers
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Postcards From A Young Man - Manic Street Preachers
Advantages: Golden Patitudes
Disadvantages: The Future Has Been Here 4eva
After 25 years as a band, Manic Street Preachers have earned their right as one of the Greatest British Bands of modern times. Every single album they release provides something new and something that fans will love. This 2010 album 'Postcards From A Young Man' was described as their 'one last shot at mass communication' by Nicky Wire and to instantly sum it up would be describe as their most 'pop, radio friendly' album they've done. It is completely different to their haunting previous album 'Journal For Plague Lovers' which had no singles released from it.
Track by track review:
01. (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love - A great opening to the album, this was the first single to be released from this campaign and although it isn't a bad song, I guess i was slightly dissapointed that they chose to release this as their lead single considering what it yet to come from the album. ITs by no means terrible, it's has a great chorus but the verses tend to let it down quite a bit. 7/10.
02. Postcards From A Young Man - The title track was the third, and final release from this album. Some fans would argue that this is A Design For Life (Mark II), however I don't really see the comparisons to it. Definatly one of the highlights from the album. 10/10.
03. Some Kind Of Nothingness - The first slower paced song comes up now and it is beautiful. It features a collaberation with Ian McCulloch and was the second single from the album. It was released around Christmas time and has that lovely Xmas-ssy type vibe and then the song builds up and ends with a gospel choir! Who would ever have thoguht the Manics would feature Gospel in their songs? . 10/10.
04. The Descent (Pages 1 & 2) - Strings! Oh how i've missed them. Another 'pop-ish' type song. Simmilar in many ways to 'Everything Must Go' regarding the instruments and the lyrics are cracking stuff ("This is my last decent, I'm hope i'm making sense, I've lost my last defence"). Again, 3 songs in a row that are worthy of 10/10.
05. Hazelton Avenue - When reading the album tracklisting before it was released this title made me the most curious over the rest of them. Again this song has a very simmilar 'vibe' to The Descent regarding the instruments. Another stunning song 10/10.
06. Auto-Intoxication - Now things take a different turning. The previous 5 tracks have all been songs that would have been perfect on the Radio for people to sing along to. However, it seems we have stepped back to their previous album 'Journal For Plague Lovers', although this song isn't as 'dark' as anything on that album. Personally, this song I can take or leave, I don't mind it and I know a lot of the fans love this track (many hardcore fans were dissapoitned when the Manincs announced that this would be their most 'poppy' album yet). 7/10.
07. Golden Platitudes - What can I say? I'm going to award this song the 'best song on the album'. This song had quite a buzz about it before the album came out so I was interested as to what it sounded like. And I wasn't dissapointed. A beautiful slow song with a great lyrics and again like Track 3 it features a Gospel Choir. Amazing. 10/10.
08. I Think I've Found It - The first five seconds of this song are like 'What The Hell?'. It's a mandola! It feels like i'm off on holiday! When they said they were doing a pop record, they weren't wrong. This is probably the poppiest thing on the record and the poppiest thing they have ever done! It would sound great on the radio and shows that the Manics aren't all about depressing rock music. 9/10.
09. A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun - Ah. a classing Manic's rock song, I would describe this as a more 'catchier' version of 'The Masses Against The Classes'. A brilliant driving song with your windows down and the volume turned up! I think this would have made a great lead single and more likely to have achieve better success that 'It's Not War'. 9/10.
10. All We Make Is Entertainment - I don't know what to say about this song. I like it. It fits nicely on the album and ties in with the whole concept of the album. The best part is the "And the sun will keep on shining" bit. 8/10.
11. The Future Has Been Here 4Ever - Nicky Wire takes on the lead for this track and I know not many people like this, and to be honest, neither do i! 5/10.
12. Don't Be Evil - The final song on the album, I read this is about 'Google' or something but can't remember. Anyway, I like this song, it rounds the album off perfectly, it's pop and catchy. 10/10.
If you're a casual fan of the Manic Street Preachers and want to listen to some of their more commercial stuff then this is definatly the album for you. This collection of 12 songs fit perfectly together, unlike their previous albums every song on here is radio-friendly in some way or another. Including a Gospel Choir into two of their songs would have seemed unlikely several years ago but it really does fit together ont he two tracks. I would definatly reccomend this album to anyone who likes pop, rock with great melodies, strings and beautiful lyrics. If you're curious about the Manics and are starting to get into them then this is a great starting point. Nothing on this album is too heavy and it's the perfect album to sing along to in the car. I doubt the Manics will ever release anything as commerical as this again so treasure it if you're into this kind of stuff.
7 Tracks You Must Check Out:
1. Golden Platitudes
2. Hazelton Avenue
3. The Descent
4. I Think I've Found It
5. Postcards From A Young Man
6. A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun
7. Don't Be Evil
Summary: Their most commercial and radio friendly album yet. If you like pop/rock then this is the album 4 u