Lifeblood

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Nov 1, 2004
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic 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. Mojo
    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. The lay-off germinated the usual clutter of ideas gleaned from books and films and their best tunes in years.
  5. 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.
  6. Uncut
    70
    Lifeblood seems closest in tone to Everything Must Go, although the sound is lighter, less bombastic, more soothing. [Dec 2004, p.148]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Sep 22, 2014
    0
    Utterly Utterly awful, genuinely made me question whether I should ever buy any of their records again. Preceded by the worst single they'veUtterly Utterly awful, genuinely made me question whether I should ever buy any of their records again. Preceded by the worst single they've ever released (Stiff competition considering that Let Robeson Sing was released as a single), lyrically poor, rambling and incoherent at times, mundane artwork that Nicky appears to have tossed off in ten minutes (isn't it cool how blood looks when its so white? and blood is life, and white is pure!!! That's enough, where's my hoover?). It's very flat, musically directionless and about as inspiring as a beige coat hanger. Full Review »
  2. IbanL
    Oct 5, 2006
    6
    A nice album, but not much more. Each and every track is nice, with hygienic and pretty melodies that seem to clean your ears. There are no A nice album, but not much more. Each and every track is nice, with hygienic and pretty melodies that seem to clean your ears. There are no big highlights but it is worth getting this album. Full Review »
  3. PeteF
    Sep 23, 2006
    6
    Manic Street Preachers is one of my favourite bands but i'm afraid Lifeblood have literally killed their further career as it was Manic Street Preachers is one of my favourite bands but i'm afraid Lifeblood have literally killed their further career as it was definetly a wrong move made at the time when they have already fallen out of favour with the British public music press. It seems they tried to recreate the beauty of "This is My Truth..." but the album sounds forced and ...m-m...lifeless. It's not that they have betrayed themselves - it's easy to notice that their music and approach to their own songs have changed after Richey Edwards' disappearance. I guess the Manics' have become less confident about what they are doing - and their are not even trying to pretend that they are the same - i think that's why they have become hated so much. Full Review »