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Aussie version of the UK act's critically acclaimed third album, originally released in 1994. 'Holy Bible' is their last album featuring iconic guitarist Richey James. 13 tracks including the harrowing anorexia diary '4st 7lb'. 1994 release. Standard jewel case.

1. Yes
2. IfwhiteAmericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart
3. Of Walking Abortion
4. She Is Suffering
5. Archives Of Pain
6. Revol
7. 4st 7lbs
8. Mausoleum
9. Faster
10. This Is Yesterday
11. Die In The Summertime
12. The Intense Humming Of Evil
13. PCP

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 28, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Epic Europe
  • ASIN: B000024J5H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Schaich on July 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have to confess that I avoided "The Holy Bible" for a long time. Sure, I enjoyed "Generation Terrorists" and the Manics' later albums (especially "This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours"), but everything I heard about "The Holy Bible" focused on how different it was - how it was so 'dark', 'bleak', 'disturbing', 'harrowing' and so on. Not to mention the famous disappearance of lyricist Richey James just months after the album was released. Even glancing at the titles to the tracks discouraged me: "Of Walking Abortion", "Archives of Pain", "The Intense Humming of Evil"... they sound more like Marilyn Manson than the Manic Street Preachers.

But when I finally did break down and get "The Holy Bible", I was completely blown away. Sure, the lyrics are dark, there's no getting around that. But the songs themselves are absolutely amazing, some of the best music I've ever heard. "The Holy Bible" starts off with a bang - two of them, in fact. "Yes" and "Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart" (all one word, a famous phrase of Lenny Bruce) grab hold of the listener and don't let go. Once you've heard the chorus to "Yes", it is impossible to forget:

In these plagued streets of pity you can buy anything
For 200 anyone can conceive a god on video...

Most of the songs on the album have a political dimension - the Manics are well-known socialists and proud of it. Ifwhiteamerica... takes on the hypocrisy of Reagan's America (in which we are still living) and Thatcher's Britain - specifically the contrast between their self-images and reality.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is the album par excellence. More people live their life by this piece of music than any other, yet was it intended as such ? When recorded, co-lyricist Richey James was going through mental illness, anorexia and alcoholism. Other lyricist Nicky Wire was on the verge of leaving. Both of their lyrics are stark and to the point with a severe lack of humour. Subjects range from concentrarion camps, to political correctness, to anorexia to American Imperialism ansd are treated in a manner that could not be described as anything except vicious and passionatte.
The music (co-written by drummer Sean Moore and singer/guitarist James Dean Bradfield) is as stark and brutal as the lyrical contect. Most songs begin with an uncredited sample followed by vicious, furious and sometimes tragic music that captures the essencs of the lyricists' vision.
On a personal level, the song "Faster" means most to me. It deals with the impossibility of the soul to stand up to, and oppose the modern world, or something like that. Set to a furious neo-punk backdrop, with Bradfields powerful voice and guitar shining through It ends with these brilliant lines repeated 4 times "So damn easy to cave in / Man kills everything".
Superior. Especially in light of what the manics hve turned into.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Martin Hollis on April 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
So much has already been said about this cd, it's hard to add to it. Yes, this was the last cd featuring Richey James (although some of his lyrics made it on to Everything Must Go), and it has a sound of it's own.
Yes - A song about prostitution, with an upbeat sound. Strange and listenable, yet disturbing.
Ifwhiteamerica - Probably the reason this CD wasn't released in the US. One of their best, it charts the progress of America invading other countries to make them "better".
Of Walking Abortion - Richey's song which contains all of his insecurities about life. Shalom indeed.
She Is Suffering - One of my favourites, about the price of fake beauty.
Archives In Pain - The Death penalty. Summed up in a song, with one of the scariest bass lines ever.
Revol - The song the manics hate playing live, extreme punk about famous revolutionary leaders, and how their ideas were for their own benefit.
4st 7lb - Richey's (probably) anorexia diary. "I've finally come to understand life, through staring blankly at my navel".
Mausoleum - A haunting song about death and its meaning.
Faster - The most personal one to Richey and the current manics. "I know I believe in nothing, but it is my nothing."
This Is Yesterday - A longing for the simplicity of days past. Probably the closest on the cd to the manics current music (know your enemy excluded)
Die In The Summertime - another song about childhood.
The Intense Humming of Evil - The most disturbing song on the cd, to do with the Holocaust. Happy stuff indeed.
PCP - Another very punk song, to do with changing times.
That's my synopsis. It's very hard to explain without hearing the cd, but it manages to be disturbing and beautiful at the same time. a classic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Coleen on January 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One of the greatest recordings of the 1990's...this album affected me the same way the first Clash album did. EVERY song is a killer! However, this does not sound like the Clash, except it is influenced by them - it is much darker than the Clash - lyrically, more like Joy Division, VERY dark. And the JD comparisons don't end there. JD's lyricist, Ian Curtis, hung himself right after recording the band's epic, "Closer". MSP's co-lyricist (with Nicky Wire), Richey James Edwards, went missing and still hasn't been found (in fact, has been declared dead) after this album was released. Listening to the lyrics, it's not surprising. But the album is somehow uplifting, too, with James Dean Bradfield's powerful vocals and surging melodies. This album truly is a classic! Check it out! You'll probably wear it out.
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