- Record Label: Columbia
- Release Date: Sep 15, 2009
Q MagazineBy breathing life into Richey Edwards's own last words, his friends have crafted not a memorial but a celebration. [Jun 2009, p.120]
FilterTo date, this is as close to their masterpiece, The Holy Bible, as they've ever come. [Fall 2009, p.92]
Positive: 15 out of 15
Mixed: 0 out of 15
Negative: 0 out of 15
May 20, 2011Well... 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 theWell... 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.… Collapse
EmiliJun 6, 2009Fantastic album, back to the good old days. Forget about their recent stuff.
SteFMay 19, 2009I had forgotten how much I missed Richey. This is a strangely beautiful album.
Nov 11, 2010This 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, decentThis 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
Apr 25, 2011This 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 - aThis 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
Oct 23, 2014It 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)… Expand
MarkA.Sep 22, 2009Backspacer is a winner. Great cd by one of the greatest bands of alltime.
Published: December 29, 2009We recap the best-reviewed albums of 2009 and collect dozens of music critic top ten lists to determine the best album of the year. While the results point to a clear winner, you can listen to songs from the top 50 albums to help you find your own favorites.
Awards & Rankings
|Metal Box [Super Deluxe Edition] - Public Image Ltd.|
|The Early Years 1967-1972 [Box Set] - Pink Floyd|
|A Crow Looked at Me - Mount Eerie|
|Singles: The Definitive 45's Collection - Sun Ra|
|Live at the Whisky a Go Go: The Complete Recordings - Otis Redding|
|Box [Box Set] - Gas|
|The 1966 Live Recordings [Box Set] - Bob Dylan|
|You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen|
|We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest|
|Eternity, In Your Arms - Creeper|
|The Order of Time - Valerie June|
|A Seat at the Table - Solange|
|Fuzzy Logic [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] - Super Furry Animals|
|50 Song Memoir - Magnetic Fields|
|American Band - Drive-By Truckers|
|Obituary - Obituary|
|Black America Again - Common|
|Run the Jewels 3 - Run the Jewels|
|Kodama - Alcest|
|Forever - Code Orange|