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2010 release, the 10th studio album from the Welsh trio. Postcards From A Young Man is the follow up to 2009's Journal For Plague Lovers but is musically very different and more in the vein of Send Away The Tigers and Everything Must Go with unashamed soaring choruses, lots of strings and gospel choirs. It was recorded in Cardiff with producer Dave Eringa and mixed by Chris Lord Alge in the U.S. The album features guest vocals from Ian McCulloch ("Some Kind of Nothingness"), John Cale on piano ("Auto-Intoxication") and Duff McKagen playing bass ("A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun"). Manics bassist Nicky Wire sings lead vocals on "The Future Has Been Here 4 Ever" alongside drummer Sean Moore on the trumpet. Columbia.

1. It's Not War Just The End Of Love
2. Postcards From A Young Man
3. Some Kind Of Nothingness - Manic Street Preachers & Ian McCulloch
4. Descent, The
5. Hazleton Avenue
6. Auto Intoxication
7. Golden Platitudes
8. I Think I've Found It
9. Billion Balconies Facing The Sun, A
10. All We Make Is Entertainment
11. Future Has Been Here 4 Ever, The
12. Don't Be Evil

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  • Audio CD (September 21, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B003OUX2EY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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There are a few weaker songs on the second half, but then the album picks up in a big way and finishes strong.
Craig Anderson
I would describe this album as more mainstream with more traditional production values than the previous (Journal...) and subsequent (Rewind...) Manics albums.
S. A. Saribay
I would love for this album to get some attention in the states because it could be huge here if people would just hear it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Larry Davis on January 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This record is great and kind of ironic...according to Nicky Wire, PFAYM is intended to be their last record aiming for commication with the masses...but it's not available domestically in the US, only their 2nd that is import only...the other is their misfired 2005 New Wave/Synthpop record "Lifeblood", and the 2 solo works...but their prior album, 2009's "Journal For Plague Lovers" was released and promoted here, and it was willfully difficult and uncommercial, yet great, a stylistic followup to 1994's "The Holy Bible" with Richie-penned lyrics...ironically, THB was released here as a 10th anniversary deluxe edition only, but never on it's initial release.

Anyhoo, "Postcards" is an intentionally big, melodic, orchestral even, POP/powerpop record, with soaring choruses, strings, choirs, etc, but done Manics-style, with policial-leaning lyrics that are personal and emotional, with resources that are obscure to most and referenced in unique ways...like all their works, T.S. Eliot is quoted in the book(let), among many. The single "(It's Not War) Just The End Of Love" is a typically great Manics-styled pop tune, along the lines of "A Design For Life" or "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough", but very 2010, not retro. All 12 tunes are killer. Yes, there are B-sides on singles and 2 Japanese-only bonus tracks, but this deluxe box is not worth it to me...the demos are on, er, CASSETTE???!!??? And the DVD is good for maybe 1 watching...question is, how long is it?? And the spiral scrapbook is cool, as are the postcards, but you get the book condensed in the 2CD deluxe version, with the demos on a second CD, not cassette...so that version, in a gold-coloured, hard-covered book package (also limited edition and weirdly not available on Amazon), is better for me, and it's 80 bucks cheaper...
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on September 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Wow, what an album. I have been a Manics fan for a long, long time and this is among their finest work to date. I would love for this album to get some attention in the states because it could be huge here if people would just hear it. Manics fans need to be calling/writing radio stations demanding to hear them on American radio. They said their goal was to reach mass audiences with this album and if this album can't do it, then I don't know what can.
Amazing, I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. A great album to introduce people to the Manics with, very accessible without compromising their music or style.
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Duham on November 20, 2010
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Clearly the approach here, as apparently desired by lead singer James Dean Bradfield, is a final attempt to reach the masses. As an American, I really wish they would. The Manics are spot on with intelligent message, 80's guitar sounds, excellent drums and bass. This has been produced with all the right pop hooks to keep many people listening for quite a while. I was fortunate to catch the last U.S. tour when they were in San Francisco, all I can say is, superb!
What I can't understand is, IF it's true that this release is a final attempt to reach the masses, WTF (why) is it only available as import 2 months past it's release date? There is something seriously wrong with record companies still treating music as if it were only available as LP/cassette, and holding back music from the fans that really want to support good music. If you are down with class act rock and roll, I suggest shelling out for the import, you won't be sorry. Long live Welsh talent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Jones on March 3, 2011
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If the Manics' last release, the impressive Journal For Plague Lovers, was an attempt to return to the anarchic sounds of their classic 1994 The Holy Bible, then Postcards From A Young Man is their attempt to recreate the awesomeness of their 1996 release Everything Must Go. The use of gospel choirs and orchestration is certainly evocative of Everything Must Go, and the songs are suitably catchy. The highlight is Some Kind of Nothingness, where James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire's trading of vocals works remarkably well. This is a strong collection of songs, and a worthy follow-up to Plague Lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Quaker on April 5, 2011
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Welsh band who have become legendary in England (and remain largely unknown here)
release their 10th album since 1992. This is big, epic, high-gloss, orchestrated U.K. stadium rock
born of the peculiar strictures of British societal culture. The songs have a near-commercial
appeal that belies their lyrical intent, while the overblown choruses slowly reel you in with their
effusive excess. Includes guest spots from Ian McCullough (Echo & the Bunnymen) and Duff
McKagan (Guns N' Roses). Sometimes reminiscent of The Dears, Muse, Arcade Fire, The Kinks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rui Oliveira on October 9, 2010
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It as all....the best solos, more mature from james dean bradfield, beautifull songs(The future has been here 4ever), it has loads of feeling, great arrangements, perfect they can do a tour only playing this songs...there in an amazing form...clearly the best rock band from england...
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LJK on January 2, 2011
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I happened to hear a song from the Manic Street Preachers on a radio show and have since bought every album they've done since and including The Holy Bible. Their albums vary a lot in style . Some people may not like certain albums but I appreciate their excellent musical abilities and arrangements. Sean Moore is in my opinion the best drummer perhaps ever. Nicky Wire is a great bassist / guitarist and James Dean Bradfield is an excellent singer / guitarist. Wire writes the lyrics and Bradfield and Moore write the music to go with it. I like the fact that the drums have such a prominent role in their music. The music is very refined , they spend a lot of time on each songs arrangement. It is hard for me to believe they aren't more popular in other counties including the US. They don't seem to try to write top 40 music although I understand they have had many hits in the UK. I'm glad I happened across them. They are the best band in the world in my opinion. Perhaps the best ever. Because of the complexity of their music it is hard to tell how good a song is from hearing only 20 or 30 seconds of it. I almost didn't buy Postcards From A Young Man because I didn't like the sound of these excerpts. I'm glad I took a chance on it. This is a great album. Although I'm not prepared to say it is their best because they've done a number of excellent albums. I hope this is helpful.
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