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Released: 10.09.21

 

 

 

 

 

It seems like Manic Street Preachers spent a lot of lockdown in the company of their record collections, resulting in their 14th studio album The Ultra Vivid Lament, where they attempt to channel (among many others) ABBA, The Cure and Nina Simone.

Perhaps inevitably, the results are patchy at times, but when they hit their mark it’s glorious and they remind us there’s plenty of life in the old dogs of war yet. Despite its disparate constituents, this record is at its best when the Manics sound like themselves, and there’s nobody who can evoke bittersweet nostalgia like these boys. It’s worth your coin alone for the gorgeous lyrical paean to their Gold Against The Soul era, Snowing In Sapporo.

 

 

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