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Excellent, bonus tracks however...
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 $$$.