Lifeblood

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Nov 1, 2004
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36

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  1. 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, 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
  2. 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.
  3. christost
    Jan 22, 2005
    8
    Don't listen to those lukewarm reviews out there! No more politics, no punk rock explosions. Just great grown-up pop music that can be truly appreciated by those who have stood by the band all those years. Listen to the fabulous chorus of 'Emily' and the truly inspired 'Cardiff afterlife' for a few times and you'll know what I mean.
  4. JuliaA
    Sep 15, 2006
    8
    Very simple in the musical structure,but still showed the talents and intelligence of MSP. basically the album is a real lifeblood,flowing,not gushing. come to think about it,if they popped out with Lifeblood as a really raw and aggressive record,though with great lyrics,it would be seemed like a desperate try to reminisce The Holy Bible era and it would be ridiculous,whether in their Very simple in the musical structure,but still showed the talents and intelligence of MSP. basically the album is a real lifeblood,flowing,not gushing. come to think about it,if they popped out with Lifeblood as a really raw and aggressive record,though with great lyrics,it would be seemed like a desperate try to reminisce The Holy Bible era and it would be ridiculous,whether in their point of view or the fans'. Expand
  5. JorisV
    Dec 10, 2004
    8
    To Repel Ghosts, Fragments, Solitude Sometimes Is and 1985 are all astonishing tracks. Only 2 tracks are bad: Glasnost and Always/Never. The Love of R Nixon I didn't like at first but becomes better and better, I even love the track now and it's still growing on me.
  6. 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!
  7. 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 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
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. The lay-off germinated the usual clutter of ideas gleaned from books and films and their best tunes in years.
  3. Mojo
    80
    An album that nails its subtle-but-tenacious hooks with dignity and maturity. [Nov 2004, p.94]