Know Your Enemy - Manic Street Preachers
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  • Summary: The first album from the Manics in three years features the singles "Found That Soul" and "So Why So Sad."
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Know Your Enemy finds the Manics attempting to write a protest song in just about every genre. This project, stretched out over 16 tracks and 75 minutes, quickly reaches epic proportions, with an ambition approached only by the magnitude of its flaws.
  2. A bit of judicious pruning to remove the filler tracks would have resulted in a cohesive, dynamic album that would have easily been their best release to date.
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    Know Your Enemy loses all its momentum when Manic Street Preachers decide that they have something to say.
  4. If 1987-era U2 is your bag, you'll dig it. [Jul 2001, p.74]
  5. When it works, this can be pretty invigorating, but when it doesn't, it's utterly maddening.
  6. Cull the arrogance, the laziness, the ill-considered ignorance, the (that word yet again) sneering, and there wouldn't be a better album than Know Your Enemy, and not just of this year. Cull the brave lyrics, the moments of inspiration, the songs to treasure and the moments of honesty and, were it available in dogfood form, you wouldn't feed Know Your Enemy to your hounds.
  7. Nowhere amidst all the confusion is there even a worthwhile tune to be salvaged. Hideously dull.

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