Lifeblood - Manic Street Preachers
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Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

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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
  1. RandyH
    Jul 25, 2005
    10
    This band NEVER fails......why??? Cause they are to dam smart that's why! Anyone who claims that the Manics have "changed" or "softened " is the exact same person that would say they were boring if they DID'NT "mix it up" every album. Nick Dresden of Q magazine obviosly has some kind of hatred for this band. Never have i read a reviewer rip into a band with absolutley nothing to back it up except his own hate for the band. Q magazine never should have even printed such a review... its almost racist! Oh yeah and by the way ... Know Your Enemy was great too. And let us never forget this is the band that gave us the Holy Bible and Everything Must Go. Expand
  2. AdilS
    Nov 21, 2004
    10
    This is definitely the Manics' best album since Everything Must Go. It is very elegant, beautiful, subtle, and soothing. There's almost any guitar on it, but James fills in that gap with his awesome voice. It's so disturbing to see some people not happy with this album. It is a masterpiece. Expand
  3. PaulN
    Dec 13, 2004
    9
    Whilst this album has it's doubters, it genuinely has a feel of success for the Manics, and one can't help but feel that perhaps the old Manics are on their way back. Their next album could be vital! Expand
  4. PBaby
    Nov 17, 2004
    8
    Though marred a bit by overly-glossy production and by James Dean Bradfield's crazy notion that him playing less guitar is a GOOD thing, this is a fantastically beautiful album that will especially gratify those who fancy a ranging tenor voice. Expand
  5. EliasM
    Nov 18, 2004
    8
    I've never understood why 'commercial' is considered to be the opposite of quality' (in fact it's not). Don't freak out to the idea of a 'pop' album by the Manics. This is BRILLIANT stuff, indeed. Expand
  6. PaulM
    Apr 28, 2005
    7
    The last album was horrible, and they knew it. This is the Manics grown-up. Nicky Wire has come up with some great lyrics - is the anger gone? Or is it being expressed more eloquently? Musically, it just confirms that the cousins Moore&Bradfield are exceptionally talented musicians. There'll never be another Holy Bible. So just enjoy the evolution, revolution, revolution, revolution... Puts me in mind of U2's latest offering - critical silencingly good, but not as you'd expect. Expand
  7. SachiP.
    Nov 27, 2004
    3
    As a devoted manics fan (i spent all my saving money 2 see them back at 1997 and 2001 ,came all the way from israel) this cd is the biggest disapointed of my life!!! got no soul. Expand

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