Journal For Plague Lovers

  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Sep 15, 2009
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Disjointed, imperfect, tender and raw, at the final reckoning it sits as a fitting epitaph.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 23, 2014
    9
    It was always going to be a brave decision to use lyrics written by Richey Edwards on a Manic Street Preachers album once again, but the bandIt was always going to be a brave decision to use lyrics written by Richey Edwards on a Manic Street Preachers album once again, but the band pulls it off in the only way they know how; by producing an outstanding record. 30 seconds in; following a mean bassline, solid drums, a no nonsense guitar riff from James Dean Bradfield are the lyrics "the more I see, the less I scream. The figure 8 inside out is infinity". Sets the tone for the album perfectly. From then on in, almost every song is flawless. The majority with Powerful overdriven Steve Albini guitar sounds, along with huge choruses, raw energy and some of the most relevant and intellectual lyrics of the 21st century. Others such as "Facing Page: Top Left" and "William's Last Words" much more mellow. The hidden track 'Bag Lady' is also definitely worth a listen.

    For me, this has to be The Manic's best effort since The Holy Bible. Highly recommend it to anybody. (Personal Favourites: Journal For Plague Lovers, Marlon J.D, Pretension/Repulsion)
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  2. Mar 26, 2016
    8
    The Manic's 2000's output was generally decent, but one couldn't help but feel like they had gotten themselves stuck in a rut of poppy alt.The Manic's 2000's output was generally decent, but one couldn't help but feel like they had gotten themselves stuck in a rut of poppy alt. rock territory that lacked the edginess that albums such as Generation Terrorists and The Holy Bible had. Journal for Plague Lovers was the album the Manics had to make if they wished to remain relevant and vital for the next decade onwards. It's a fantastic blend of Richey's thoughtful lyricism and the band's natural knack for melody.

    Richey had been declared presumed deceased the previous year, despite having vanished without a trace in '95, and this album also serves as a way for the band to say their final goodbyes and once again show the world what a one-of-a-kind lyricist he was.
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  3. j30
    Dec 6, 2011
    7
    This is not the best album of the century or the year, but a noteworthy effort from the Welsh alternative band.