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: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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
  2. Emili
    Jun 6, 2009
    Fantastic album, back to the good old days. Forget about their recent stuff.
  3. SteF
    May 19, 2009
    I had forgotten how much I missed Richey. This is a strangely beautiful album.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Oct 23, 2014
    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 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)
  7. MarkA.
    Sep 22, 2009
    Backspacer is a winner. Great cd by one of the greatest bands of alltime.

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