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Today’s selection is a new release. Finally. And it’s a release that all you Yanks and Canucks probably won’t care less about. Your loss. It doesn’t make it any less of an essential release for 2010 whether you care or not.
I do happen to care about:
Manic Street Preachers – Postcards From A Young Man
My love affair with Manic Street Preachers started way back in 1991. I went to some kind of fair with my then girlfriend. On the way to the fair they played Motorcycle Emptiness on the radio and I fell in love with my date right there and then. Not just puppy love, but the head-over-heels-you-will-haunt-my-dreams-for-years-to-come kind of love. I thought about the girl for years after we separated.
Was she that special you might ask? Well…no, she wasn’t but it took me years to figure out that my mental image of her was scored by that one particular song…
So what’s there to say about Postcards From A Young Man, the band’s 10th studio album? Not much if you’re unfamiliar with their back-catalogue, and most of the readers of this website probably are. It boggles my mind that albums from a band as big as the Manic Street Preachers actually need to be specially imported to reach the North American shores. And all because these guys had the guts to be lefties and played a concert for Fidel. As stated above: your loss.
If you do decide to try it, a warning up front is in order. Postcards From A Young Man isn’t anything like last years opus magnum Journal For Plague Lovers. It’s just the album following that one. It’s not a follow-up to it of any kind. Far from it. Where Journal was dark, hard rocking and somewhat alienating (and brilliant!), Postcards is the band’s, and I quote, “last shot at mass communication.” There are lavish orchestral parts all over the place. The melodies are absolutely gorgeous. The ones that only reveal their beauty after several listens. Magical stuff.
I found this album to be extremely addictive, and played it over and over for days on end. That hasn’t happened very often these past years. There is always something new being released pushing older stuff out. But Postcards From A Young Man made it happen.
So yeah, I like it. I like it a lot. If you choose to ignore this band once more I couldn’t care less, but again, it will be your loss…
2. Postcards From A Young Man
4. The Descent – (Pages 1 & 2)
5. Hazleton Avenue
7. Golden Platitudes
8. I Think I’ve Found It
9. A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun
11. The Future Has Been Here 4 Ever
12. Don’t Be Evil
Don’t forget to check out my other articles, in case you’ve missed them (which would be an absolute shame, because they’re great and shit).