and so, not much more than a year after the magnificent Journal For Plague Lovers, the Manic Street Preachers make their return and are ready for new releases. The new album, Postcards From A Young Man, is released in late September, but the first single (It's Not War Just The End Of Love) got its debut play on radio in the UK this morning. thanks to the magic of the internet, and the dedication of Manics fans in the UK (you know who you are - thank you), us Manics fans who cannot (sadly) with any ease listen to the radio in the UK because we are not there got to hear the track this morning too! for those hoping to a link to the track here, sorry but there is none - i imagine you can find it with relative ease, though.
well, i am at verk at the moment, so cannot play this new track at the correct and appropriate level. i have, however, managed to give it two or three plays, and thus far my reaction is that it's rather good. not a masterpiece, you understand, but rather good indeed. the band have spoken of this album being their "last shot at mass communication", which means they are keen to sell lots and lots of records, thus the new stuff has a more "popular" sound than would be usual for them. well, kind of - they've had a bash at being popular with the album Send Away The Tigers, an album which left even the most staunch of the bands' followers and defenders scratching their heads for a while.
the new stuff is looking and sounding pretty good - there's been precious little to get excited about on the music front this year, so one can only hope the Manics releasing something picks it all up a bit.
the single will be released on 13 September, so expect some links to be posted in regards of the best place to buy it from sooner rather than later. with some luck, at least - no one seems to have it listed to buy yet!
be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!