Manic Street Preachers

The Holy Bible - Sony 1994

Tracks: 1.Yes / 2. Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart / 3. Of Walking Abortion / 4. She Is Suffering" / 5. Archives of Pain / 6. Revol / 7. 4st 7lb / 8. Mausoleum / 9. Faster / 10. This Is Yesterday / 11. Die in the Summertime / 12. The Intense Humming of Evil / 13. P.C.P.


"The Holy Bible" was the third album from Manic Street Preachers and the last featuring lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richard James Edwards, who mysteriously disappeared in 1995.

Musically, however, the front man of the group is lead guitarist and singer James Dean Bradfield, who, with his sublime guitarplaying and strong vocals, is the immediate hallmark of the group. However, in terms of lyrics, Edwards, along with bassist Nicky Wire, profiles the group with thought provoking lyrics dealing with a wide range of themes in many cases both serious and disillusioned. The group's music may be described as a classic rock'n roll with a strong influence from punk of 1970, but which also gives room for melody and musical experiments.

Three singles were taken from the album, and among them I especially love the musically beautiful "She is Suffering" which for me is the album's stand-out number. The other two "Faster" and "Revol" are more classic rock songs, where "Revol" may be remembered for the mentioning of several Russian state leaders from Lenin to Yeltsin.

Among the other songs the first two songs "Yes" and "If White America , must be highlighted. Both of which provide a great musical basis for the rest of the album. The slightly folkish/country "This is Yesterday" is also a favourite.

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