Postcards From a Young Man

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  • Summary: The Welsh rock band goes with a poppier sound on its Dave Eringa-produced 10th studio album.
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It's Not War Just The End Of Love
To feel forgiveness, you gotta forgive Do you see the stars or the darkness begin? You fight your war, I fight for my life You pay your dues, and... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
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  1. Granted, it is serious-minded fun with ambition, but with Manic Street Preachers you take fun whenever you can get it, and they've never sounded as ebullient as they do here.
  2. Q Magazine
    Still raging, not drowning, their flame burns unfashionably on. [Oct 2010, p.110]
  3. There will be plenty of people who opt to be snobby about the fact that this record is so commercial, so polished and so brazen, but those people are all, to a man, idiots. If you can't love these songs, you are incapable of experiencing joy itself.
  4. While I wouldn't say that Postcards From a Young Man is quite the late-career masterstroke Journal For Plague Lovers was, it is still a product of a re-energized band. Whether or not it actually garners them the hits and mass audience they're aiming for (and at least in Britain, it seems inconceivable that it won't), they've managed to make an inviting, populist album that deserves the attention.
  5. Oct 22, 2010
    It sounds like a Manic Street Preachers album, which alone renders it still better than all of the similar arena rock you can name.
  6. This lack of organic feeling, when paired with the continuous mention of "commercial" aims, becomes troubling.
  7. For all the furious posturing, the message is veneered too neatly with streamlined riffs and swamped too deep in nice-as-pie orchestral melodies. Seething rants seem to pack more of a punch when the product is less polished, and tend to get lost when bookended with excessively opulent trappings. This is rock music, after all.

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  1. Apr 19, 2011
    This album grew on me a lot, and quickly. Wasn't impressed at all initially. Still not convinced about Hazelton Avenue.. Highlights imoThis album grew on me a lot, and quickly. Wasn't impressed at all initially. Still not convinced about Hazelton Avenue.. Highlights imo however include the title track (great outro), Auto-Intoxication (interesting chord progressions with an excellent and typically Manics chorus), All We Make Is Entertainment (similar drumming to that on THB in places) and The Future Has Been Here 4 Ever (that awesome trumpet, great lyrics delivered really well by Nicky). In places on this record the Manics are on fire. Always creative and full of ideas, great songs, and James' voice still as towering and breathtaking as ever. Collapse
  2. Oct 25, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Realmente es como si estas canciones fuesen los descartes de JFPL. No obstante, ojala hubiera mas discos de descartes como este. Y es cierto qeu suena a Manics, pero afortunadamente, eso es una gran noticia. Disfruten de la buena música, sin mas pretensiones. Expand