Lifeblood - Manic Street Preachers
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  • Summary: The Welsh band's seventh studio disc was produced by Tony Visconti and Greg Haver.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. This is an album that can (and I think will) transcend musical taste and age range... 'Lifeblood' may well live forever as one of the best commercial albums of the bands career.
  2. 80
    An album that nails its subtle-but-tenacious hooks with dignity and maturity. [Nov 2004, p.94]
  3. Infinitely better than their last album, and proof that The Manics are now capable of writing pop music that’s neither dull nor pandering.
  4. While far from a smashing return to form on par with Everything Must Go (their career high-water mark), Lifeblood should reassure the public that the Manics are not yet artistically bankrupt.
  5. The lay-off germinated the usual clutter of ideas gleaned from books and films and their best tunes in years.
  6. An often mediocre record, with a few peaks and an awful lot of troughs.
  7. Miserable and insipid. [Dec 2004, p.130]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13