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on October 5, 2009
I would like to begin this review by writing about how much I admire the Manic Street Preachers and how I am fortunate to own every album of theirs especially the Japanese versions which usually include fantastic songs that are usually unavailable anywhere else (unless you "find" them on a file sharing network:) Unfortunately I was a little disappointed with the two extra songs on this version. I think the rest of the album is phenomenal. It is second only to "The Holy Bible" lyrically and musically. The first extra track "Alien Orders/Invisible Armies is a brief instrumental that could have been great if it had lyrics to it. The title comes from a line in Richey Edwards diaries which I guess did not include anything further to turn into a memeorable vocal melody. It's a letdown since the track is a fairly driving song with an ethereal breakdown. Worth listening to once but is fairly inessential. The other song is a cover by the obscure 1980's indie group Felt who were once signed to the pre-Oasis era Creation Records label. I have never heard the original version since most of Felt's records are extremely difficult to locate even in the UK. James Dean Bradfield does a splendid vocal (as always) and it is an acoustic based slow song whose chorus: "Oh you should see, my trill of disgrace, it's enough to scare the whole human race" could have been something Richey Edwards (who is responsible for all the lyrics on the rest of the album) might have come with.
After this song their is a few moments of silence before the "hidden" track "Bag Lady" (which is available in the standard editions of the album) begins. The Japanese booklet contains the lyrics (by Richey) for this song in english, which is a nice bonus I guess.

I am not going to go into any detail about the other tracks. You can read all about them in other Amazon reviews and elsewhere. If you are like me and must have all the rare Manics CD's it might be worth paying the extra cash for this edition. Anyone else is better off purchasing the other editions of this album and save some $$$.
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on September 26, 2009
Well, the new Manics album has finally arrived (in America), and it was definitely worth the wait: this album is simply stunning in how great it is. You probably won't find these angular post-punk tunes immediately accessible, but the hooks will reveal themselves after repeat listens and you may just find yourself waking up in the morning singing one of them. (I do.) Stand-out tracks include "Peeled Apples" (a raging rocker with a wicked drumbeat), "Jackie Collins Existential Question Time" (which raises an actual, semi-serious question), the title track and "She Bathed Herself In A Bath Of Bleach" (which make for quite a blistering one-two punch), "Facing Page: Top Left" (a delicate ballad very reminiscent of "Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky" from their Everything Must Go album), and "Virginia State Epileptic Colony" (which may be the closest thing the album has to a pop single). But really, every song on this album is fantastic, with the possible exception of bassist Nicky Wire's vocal turn on "William's Last Words" - but even that one has a charm to it. Arguably the best thing the Manics have released since The Holy Bible album, one thing is beyond dispute: Journal For Plague Lovers should be on every single year-end best-of list.
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on October 12, 2010
The Street preachers are another band that I have been curious about for a while, but never heard. They are not very well known here in the U.S. but fairly big in Europe so I am told. Anyway, I finally decided to pick up one of their discs. I am not really sure if this one is a good representative as a starter, but I do like what I hear. Apparently this album takes the lyrics from founding band member Richie Edwards who disappeared (and is presumed dead) back about 10 years ago. The lyrics are taken from his journal and put to music here. Some of the lyrics have a disjointed feel to them which is not totally unexpected from patched together material. There are weird, but get under your skin with repeated listens. Musically I love the way these guys fuse punk with a more straight ahead classic rock. They also haul out the acoustic guitars on occasion and one track even sounds like Rush to my ears. The whole mix is difficult to describe, but these guys really are unique. I can't think of anyone else who sounds quite like them. I am definitely going to check out more from this band.
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on June 30, 2015
This album was a great return to form for the band. Holy Bible 2.0! Similar, but nuanced and clever in its own way.
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on February 8, 2016
Great
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on June 16, 2009
Using the lyrics that Richey Edwards wrote before his disappearance, this CD sounds more like the Manics of "The Holy Bible". The songs are short. The final song on the CD is a little creepy -- it sounds like it could've been Richey's suicide note.
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on January 8, 2011
Beware this is not a deluxe edition as described, it the single cd standard edition packaged in the standard jewel case. Sold by Newbury Comics. This is the second time this has occurred when I purchased what I believed to have been a deluxe edition from Newbury Comics.
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on September 20, 2009
this CD is different than other Manic Street's works.
CD includes couple of cool acoustic songs.
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on April 21, 2011
Not bad, but I would stick with some of their earlier work unless you want some unnecessary cheesy 90's guitar. Some tracks are great, but others are not so good. It you are a Manics completist, go ahead and buy - otherwise it's not a necessary album to have.
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