Journal For Plague Lovers - Manic Street Preachers
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  • Summary: The latest album for the Welsh rock band was produced by Steve Albini and features lyrics from Richey James Edwards, who went missing in 1995.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
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  1. By breathing life into Richey Edwards's own last words, his friends have crafted not a memorial but a celebration. [Jun 2009, p.120]
  2. Journal for Plague Lovers winds up being The Holy Bible in reverse: every moment of despair is a reason to keep on living instead of an excuse to pack it all in.
  3. So while Journal for Plague Lovers doesn’t quite match up to The Holy Bible, essentially it doesn’t need to.
  4. Forgoing the arena-rock of recent years for something close to the barbed punk of their "Holy Bible" era--though less disjointed this time, and studded with hooks you could hang a feather boa from--they've made a complex but very listenable record.
  5. Journal For Plague Lovers is an outstanding album in its own right and is not "The Holy Bible." But then again, what is?
  6. 78
    To date, this is as close to their masterpiece, The Holy Bible, as they've ever come. [Fall 2009, p.92]
  7. Disjointed, imperfect, tender and raw, at the final reckoning it sits as a fitting epitaph.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
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  1. SteF
    May 19, 2009
    I had forgotten how much I missed Richey. This is a strangely beautiful album.
  2. May 20, 2011
    Well... where do I start? The 9th album by the Manics is 14 songs of rock heaven, in my opinion there best album to date with Send away the tigers in 2nd and everything must go in 3rd. The reason for this is that every song seems to have so much efffort into them, each song has great music, great singing from JDB and of course great lyrics from Richey Edwards. The Holy Bible has great lyrics from Richey Edwards but the music doesnt support them but this type the music does. ITS BRILLIANT. Expand
  3. JimS
    May 20, 2009
    Stands with "The Holy Bible" and "Everything Must Go" as a sort of trilogy about Richey James' disappearance and the emotional toll it took on the band. This is a triumph and best album I've heard this year. Expand
  4. Emili
    Jun 6, 2009
    Fantastic album, back to the good old days. Forget about their recent stuff.
  5. Nov 11, 2010
    This is my first MSP album, and I have to think it will be hard for them to top this. The first go through I didn't think much of it, decent songs but nothing memorable. Well it really catches on and I find every song has something worth hearing in it, no filler material in here. Expand
  6. Apr 25, 2011
    This album just gets better and better the more you listen to it.
    I think this album will be considered a rock classic in years to come - a
    cult classic up there with the Holy Bible. The songs are so diverse and emotionally raw. Awesome album. Expand
  7. MarkA.
    Sep 22, 2009
    Backspacer is a winner. Great cd by one of the greatest bands of alltime.

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