ALBUM REVIEW: James Dean Bradfield – Even In Exile | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 14.08.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

A concept album about the life and death of Chilean activist Victor Jara? Sounds very much like a solo project by a Manic Street Preacher, doesn’t it? And lo, we have Even In Exile, James Dean Bradfield’s second solo album, with music by Bradfield and lyrics by poet Patrick Jones.

Early tasters suggested it might be a downbeat mournful tome akin to Rewind The Film, and while it has its lamentful moments (like There’ll Come A War), the freedom from his usual routine has awakened Bradfield’s creative spirit. He’s on fine form here, bringing Jones’ words to life with a strident, occasionally poignant collection of music, delivered by one of rock music’s most distinctive, affecting vocalists.

 

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