The Holy Bible is the third studio album by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released on 30 August 1994 by record label Epic. While the album was being written and recorded, lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards was struggling with severe depression, alcohol abuse, self-harm and anorexia nervosa, and its contents are considered by many sources to reflect his mental state. The songs focus on themes relating to politics and human suffering. The Holy Bible was the band's last album released before Edwards' disappearance on 1 February 1995. Although it reached number 6 in the UK Albums Chart, initially, global sales were disappointing compared to previous albums and the record did not chart in mainland Europe or North America. It was promoted with tours and festival appearances in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands and Thailand – in part without Edwards. The Holy Bible received widespread acclaim from critics and has sold over half a million copies worldwide as of 2014. It has frequently been featured and listed highly on lists of the best albums of all time by British music publications such as Melody Maker, NME and Q.Wikipedia
Manic Street Preachers’ acclaimed third album ‘The Holy Bible’ consists of fast paced, heavy music and dark lyrics. Occasional rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards wrote insane lyrics and that mixed with haunting guitars created an album that truly reflects human nature. It isn’t elegant but that is what makes it so effective. Each track is a poetic masterpiece in itself. The opener ‘Yes’, which is the highlight of the album for me, compares Richey’s life to that of a prostitute and describes the feeling of being cheapened by exploiting your mental health and coping through self-abuse. Being the opening track, it sets the tone for what is a journey into the cruelty of humanity. ‘Ifwhiteamerica...’, mostly written by bassist Nicky Wire, discusses American consumerism and how images of a perfect country contrast with violence and racism. The media’s glorification of serial killers is highlighted in ‘Archives of Pain’ and evokes controversy through its seemingly pro death penalty stance. ‘4st 7lb’ consists of a harrowing tale of a girl who suffering from anorexia and believes that, by starving herself, she is degrading into a purer and better state; this is reflected in Edwards’ own struggle with anorexia. ‘Faster’ examines how Richey lived his life amongst a judgemental society, who did not understand him. The chugging drums in ‘The Intense Humming of Evil’ mirror the train tracks of victims being sent to concentration camps in the Holocaust. ‘Die in the Summertime’ is an intense track reflecting how the narrator wants to die in their youth, the prime of their life (Richey Edwards went missing at the age of 27). It is hard to talk about ‘The Holy Bible’ without mentioning Richey’s disappearance in 1995. Some say ‘The Holy Bible’ is, in a way, a last will and testament for a man who was spiralling into oblivion and couldn’t live with the world around him. His disappearance only makes the album more upsetting to listen to. The music itself, written by drummer Sean Moore and vocalist/guitarist James Dean Bradfield, accentuates the narrative behind the lyrics. Paranoia-filled, intense guitars, a heavy bass and chugging drums perfectly capture Richey’s vision and genius. The audio samples featured in some tracks (such as ‘Yes’ and ‘Mausoleum’) only add to the soul-stirring atmosphere, each fitting the tone of the track flawlessly. It’s unsettling, cruel, heavy, brutal and, at times, difficult to listen to (‘4st 7lb’ for example) but that is what makes this album so perfect. Racism, the death penalty, the Holocaust, anorexia, suicide, prostitution and political correctness are just a few of the topics discussed in just 56 minutes and 17 seconds. Nothing is off limits. This is the greatest album of all time.
This album was a nice surprise. The songs are different enough that you don't get bored but the overall theme is still there. I enjoyed it more than I expected, and most of the songs.
Welsh poli-punks hate Reagan and Thatcher as much as me, but they don’t share my fondness for melody or hooks.
fun! upbeat. a surprising listen because of the terrible album art.
“The Holy Bible” by Manic Street Preachers (1994) Hateful, foul, cruel, profane, Here’s an album that takes some pretty nasty passions and puts them on public display. This artistic impetus is well informed, intelligently constructed only occasionally losing its poetic footing. Lyrics are meaningful, erudite, expansively referential, and horrifying. The title is a bit of misdirection, generating within the potential listener a vain wish for some serious anti-Christian attack. But what one gets is merely anti-human. "Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart" is a song marred by the improper use of the apostrophe.
Damn, this album is really good. It's like a harder pre-cursor to the pop-punk craze of the mid to late 90's. Every song on here is a banger. 5 stars.
Incredible songwriting, performance, and message. Not to mention the sad, sad story behind the album that only enhances it. A gem who's influence is plain to see in much of the music of the next decade.
An absolute masterpiece. One of the most quotable albums ever, with lyrics by two of the very best to ever write. Songs are lyrically heavy, musically appropriate to the words, with flashes of genius every few seconds. Almost unfair that one band would have two such poetic lyricists, and two genius all-round musicians, and one of the very best vocalists ever, and a drummer who is such a good all-rounder, and as a band they would even design covers/videos/artwork. That that they would combine to collaborate with such a clear vision is almost unbelievable. Favourite tracks are ... All of them! We miss you Richey
My favourite album when I was 12 years old, my favourite album now and almost certainly my favourite album on the day that I die. This was a cultural rabbit hole for 12 year old me that opened up a vast world of music, books, art, movies and politics. It's a dark has hell (The Intense Humming of Evil), grim and sneering (Yes), smugly intelligent (well, the whole album really), incredibly beautiful (This Is Yesterday) and it fucking rocks (Faster). It's a juggernaut of an album. An utter masterpiece.
A great introduction to a band I've heard of, but never actually heard.
music i would lie about liking to seem edgier as a teen
Never heard of this group. The music is pretty good, but blends together really quickly and starts to sound generic. I was more intrigued by reading about Richey Edwards and his disappearance than the music itself. Still, as usual, a couple good songs on here, but this is pretty middle-of-the-road for me. Favorite tracks: Die in the Summertime, Revol. Album art: Kind of disturbing. I do like the font and the reversed R's, plus having the track list on the front is an interesting choice. But the inset pictures seem menacing. I'm scared. 2.5/5
Another fine generic album by the preachers. Why do these guys have TWO albums on this list???
Fantastic album, great songs, lyrics and general vibe.
Album Emo pro amlo. Avoid.
New favorite in there
Dawno nie slyszalem czegos tak mocnego w swoim przekazie, a dodatkowo swiezego, bo jest to moje pierwsze spotkanie z ta banda, a co to za banda w ogole manic street preachers, to wyspiarska czterososobowa banda, tym razem walijczykow grajacych muzyke dosc ciezka do zaszufladkowania gatunkowo, najbardziej pasuje mi okreslenie tego albumu jako mocna alternatywa, cos post punkowego, jest to trzecia plyta w dyskografii zespolu, sam tytul daje hinta, ze ma to byc dzielo niezwykle, no i takie wlasnie wyszlo w moim odczuciu, bo kazdy trak opowiada jakas historie, ale nie sa to harlequiny jak z nagrania pana Pettiego, ale naprawde ciezkie tematy, gdzie kazda piosenka jest swego rodzaju rozprawa na tematy przerozne od sutenerstwo, hamerykanskosci, prawackich aborcjach na gatunku ludzkim, pozadaniu nieczystosci, wyrokach smierci, rewolucjantach, anoreksji, zatracaniu niewinnosci, standardach spoleczenstwa, przemijaniu, holokauscie, czy politycznej poprawnosci, tak w ultra skrocie mozna strescic kontent liryczny plyty, za ktorym w glownej czesci stal pan Richey Edwards, ktory jest kreditowany jako gitarka rytmiczna, lecz nie bral on udzialu w nagraniach, a jego jedynym wkladem sa teksty, ktore jednak jak dla mnie stanowia o unikalnosci tej plyty, dawno nie slyszalem czegos tak obrazowo nieszczesliwego, przepelnionego takimi emocjami, gdzie czuc autentycznosc wylewajaca sie z kolejnych barow tekstu, byl to ostatni album grupy z udzialem Richiego, o ktorym slad zagial w niedlugim czasie po wydaniu plyty, z tak mocnym przeslaniem jakie niesie plyta jego los jest mocno przewidywalny, od strony muzycznej plyta operuje surowym brzmieniem jakie mozna uzyskac przez mocne przestery gitarkowe i klimatyczne drumowanie, ktore jak na przedostatnim traku the intense humming of evil razem z znieksztalconymi brzmieniami gitary przywodzi na mysl brzmienie pociagow, ktore z kolei bezposrednio lacza sie z tematyka zaglady i obozow koncentracyjnych utworu, sluchajac flakow zdecydowanie da sie odczuc, ze jest to material robiony na szybko, jesli chodzi o produkcje, ale banda zrobila dobra robote jesli chciala oddac istote punka pod wzgledem instrumentali, wokale sa jak dla mnie najslabsza czescia plyty, za ktorymi frontmen James Dean Bradfield ktory gra takze na gitarkach i bawil sie takze na produkcji, jak i reszta czlonkow, wiec moze dlatego plyta ma w sobie to autentyczne brzmienie, o ktore tak ciezko, pozostalymi jeszcze niewymienionymi czlonkami sa Nicky Wire co pisarz i basista, no i Sean Moore na drumach, wiec o ile zeby zrozumiec dokladnie teksty musialem przesluchac z dwa razy, dodatkowo czytajac tekst podczas odsluchu, to jednak jestem zadowolony z tak ciekawego picka listowego, moje top trzy kawalkow z tego krazka to faster, die in the summertime i zamykacjacy song P,C,P, trudna do oceny plyta, ale jednak na tyle unikalna, ze pelne gwiazdki i dodanie na polke spotifajowa
Een stuk harder dan ik verwachtte! Politiek en mentaal getinte teksten. Ik zet dit zeker in mijn lijst van albums die ik nog eens wil beluisteren
Another hidden gem that I just discovered, thanks to this list. According to Wikipedia, the band chose the name "The Holy Bible" to reflect the holiness of the album, and I don't know if they achieved it. Still, it's a holy release that deserves its place on 1001 albums to hear before dying.
Featuring some nifty lead guitar work and diverse rhythm techniques/sounds, interesting arrangements, catchy pop melodies this is a highly accessible pop/rock album. The political and social commentary lyrics add some depth beyond the usual boy/girl crap that most pop songs are about. It's well played, well sung and pretty much every track sounds like a potential single, this is a fabulous album.
Visceral and angry....Yet melancholic and melodic, the manics doing what they do best
"Second wind" seems unfair and "hits its stride" is trite, but something happens at and after She Is Suffering. Not that energy is missing before that song, but I hear some kind of change, apparently nothing that I can describe but which certainly affects my ears. The skits give the project a kind of rap feel, but in spirit and not imitation. A shining example of music from across the pond, if not particularly boundary-pushing. I do find myself loving the edgiest-titled cuts. That seems like a sign that this could have been a taste determinant if I heard it younger.
quite a surprise, incredible lyrics
Cool punk band.
Nice 90s grunge/anxiety. Die in the summer time, was probably my favorite. Need to listen to more of MSP!
Solid listen. Never heard before
Rock is good and stuff
Really cool and political, I can see its influences in a lot of things now
When everyone else in the 90s were doing britpop (this was released the same day as definitely maybe) the Manics relocated to Cardiff to make one of the decade’s most remarkable and outlying rock records. I get this won’t be for everyone but I will always love it and have enjoyed blasting it out from the kitchen this morning whilst Humby is hungover 😂. The Holy Bible is full of anguish, unshrinking and unromantic in its abyss-edge study of death, fascism, self-harm, and man’s capacity for atrocity. Maybe you could argue it’s a couple of tracks too long but for me we’re hearing one of the era’s most underrated bands with their best record. 4/5
The compositions here are obviously impressive this thing could’ve cut two whole songs though
Niet mijn favoriete album van hun, beetje te gejaagd, maar het blijft lekker om ze te horen.
Dark lyrics but somehow it manages to be extremely enjoyable.
The album cover is a good indication that a fucked up adventure is about to start. This album defines the term"angst filled Fothermucker". The music isn't that good but it's not supposed to be and doesn't need to be. It's the canvas; the lyrics are the art. So what about the lyrics? They certainly draw out emotions. It takes me from feeling angry at the same people he is, to feeling bad for society and the folks who are down and out. But mostly, I feel sad for him. There's no way someone can just write this unless they're in a terrible place. RIP
Never heard of Manic Street Preachers before. Now that this has introduced me to them, I'll check out the rest of their discography.
I enjoyed the lyrical themes of this album quite a bit. It’s a very interesting slice of the post Thatcher/Reagan era told from the perspective of people who are still with the aftermath. Manic Street Preachers are the leaders of the Welsh music movement in the 90s and are a very important band. The music itself is brooding, stark and industrial at times, and punchy.
I liked it! Smashing Pumpkins vibes. Very enjoyable
Really enjoyed the punk vibes from this album. I'm going to come back to these guys for sure!
The album artwork is absolutely abhorrent so I can see why it sold poorly. I've been known to judge music by the album cover and that severely lowered my expectations going in. But I have to admit this album is right up my alley. I'm liking the melding of hard rock and post-punk sounds with the alt rock sensibilities. The intensity of the vocals pairs exceptionally well with the rawness of the music. There's something reminiscent of Freddie Mercury in the vocal tone, am I the only one hearing that? I like.
Great discovery for me. Awesome modern punk.
This rocks pretty hard
Sick riffs. Interesting lyrics. One of the coolest albums of the 90s. 8-9/10
Better than the real bible. New wave, industrial, art rock goth. There's a wonderful seething fury about absolutely everything. #whereisrichie?
I am not familiar with MANIC STREET PREACHERS and their third album THE HOLY BIBLE at all. So this is my first time hearing the band. After listening to THE HOLY BIBLE, this album is a difficult one to review. Lyrically, the band has impressive and important points of view to tell their audience, however, for me, musically and vocally the band does not serve the lyrics justice. Musically and vocally, the band is rather generic and uninteresting. They do not have the NINE INCH NAILS ability to get their point across either musically and/or vocally, so the album is a disappointment because the potential (lyric-wise) was there. If the band had better vocals and more varied musicianship, the album could be close to a masterpiece or a “5”. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, with MANIC STREET PREACHERS - THE HOLY BIBLE, their fourth album, EVERYTHING MUST GO (1996) is also listed. Rate Artist: MANIC STREET PREACHERS (3.5) Rate Album (Year): THE HOLY BIBLE (UK 1994 Original) (4.0) Ranking of MANIC STREET PREACHERS - THE HOLY BIBLE songs No. Title Length Ranking 1. "Yes" 4:59 08.0/10 (Lyrics: 10; Vocals/Music: 06) 2. "Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart" 3:39 07.5/10 (Lyrics: 09; Vocals/Music: 06) 3. "Of Walking Abortion" 4:00 08.0/10 (Lyrics: 09; Vocals/Music: 07) 4. "She Is Suffering" 4:44 09.0/10 (Lyrics: 09; Vocals/Music: 09) 5. "Archives of Pain" 5:29 07.5/10 (Lyrics: 09; Vocals/Music: 06) 6. "Revol" 3:04 07.0/10 (Lyrics: 08; Vocals/Music: 06) 7. "4st 7lb" 5:05 08.0/10 (Lyrics: 10; Vocals/Music: 06) 8. "Mausoleum" 4:12 06.5/10 (Lyrics: 07; Vocals/Music: 06) 9. "Faster" 3:55 07.5/10 (Lyrics: 08; Vocals/Music: 07) 10. "This Is Yesterday" 3:58 09.0/10 (Lyrics: 09; Vocals/Music: 09) 11. "Die in the Summertime" 3:05 06.5/10 (Lyrics: 07; Vocals/Music: 06) 12. "The Intense Humming of Evil" 6:12 09.0/10 (Lyrics: 09; Vocals/Music: 09) 13. "P.C.P." 3:59 07.5/10 (Lyrics: 09; Vocals/Music: 06) UK 1994 Original Release 110.0/130 = 8.46 / 2 = 4.2300
Now this is a religion I can get behind.
I need another listen before I decide if it's a bit too smug
Rock alternativo. Un poco más del ni fu ni fa. Venga, un 4.
This was a surprise and an album/band I’d never heard before. Interesting stories, lyrics — it was great.
I'd probably consider it a 3.5, rounding up because I was a bit busy when listening to it
I like the energy of this.
Honestly not entirely sure what this was, and I’m not going to pretend I fully understood it. But….. I liked it anyway. I’ve saved the whole thing to my spotify. 4/5
This was fascinating. NOT at all what I expected. Gonna have another close listen and read all the lyrics. A mix of pop, rock, some kinda prog influence. Very tormented.
I'd always written off the MSPs because of those horrible nasally dirges for which I knew them for but this was actually very good.
Surprisingly fun album. Some dark lyrics and samples mixed in to an upbeat sound.
Pretty good! Think I will listen to some more of them.
Full album of great tunes, head banging from start to finish.
Never heard of these guys. I feel like if I had heard this album back in the 90s, I would have absolutely loved it. Happy to hear something new that is up my alley. While clearly sounding like 90s alternative, I hear a bit of foo fighters or queens of the stone age in there, but these guys clearly predated them. Cool stuff. Lead singer's voice sounds like someone... i cant place it though. Although I don't expect to be adding this to my listening rotations, I am happy to have experienced this album. And just when I was ready to quit this album a day thing...
C’est bon et je ne m’en attendsis vraiment pas. Probablement le meilleur album punk/rock? Que j’ai emtemdu dans la liste jusqu’ici. 4.5
Grows on you till you can’t resist.
actually sort of like it but its a bit iffy so i guess i should check it some more it might not become more interesting
Not that bad, sound actually fairly modern for the age, would give this a 3.5
Mmm decent punk
Not bad not bad
I wasn't enjoying it at first but it then just kind of kept growing on me. Will have to listen to it again.
Interesting listen... kind of reminds me of several types of brit rock, and occasionally some nirvanas.
Not bad, interesting band history
An interesting album with a crazy back story. Really interesting. And a unique sound for the times.
I assumed I wasn't going to care for this based on the general vibe and a weariness with pallid, black haired UK alternative but it was pretty good. Yet another bizarre tragic young end (?) story!
Better than I thought it was going to be.
Hmph. Indie-Punk I didn't hate.
Disturbing. Catchy! Iconic??
It doesn't quite grab me - not sure whether that's because it came out during my METAL phase, or what. It's perfectly acceptable alt rock. Fave track - "Faster" for sure. "Revol" is also pretty good...
It's fine, I suppose? I get the impression that they really felt they were making an album that was out there, truly punk and transgressive, but it feels almost tame by modern standards. Also, all the songs sort of blend together. Not a favorite of mine, but I didn't hate it.
I hadn't heard of these guys prior to listening today. There was a lot to like and a lot not to like. I liked the sound a lot more than the bleak, pissed off lyrics.
Can't understand a word he says...
Amazing production that is reminiscent of the 2000s pop-punk that succeeds it. Not a bad album song wise.
Couple songs I liked, was more interested in the story behind the band but some definitely solid rock stuff throughout paired with lyrical content that was fairly unique for the time.
Not a bad listen, probably wouldn’t listen again but it didn’t offend me.
Goede rock maar niet super bijzonder
Echt een goede band, maar dit vind ik toch wel erg zwaar op de hand en te rauw. 3 sterren omdat ze de Manics zijn.
Nie wczułam się za bardzo, może jest lepiej
Algunas me gustaron, pero en general muy punk para mi gusto
Killer guitar power chords, catchy hooks and riffs, but lyrically bleak and heavy. Leant more weight by the well publicized mental and health issues the lead singer had and his disappearance (assumed dead) soon after this was released.
Decent old age punk
I woul have enjoyed this more if I could have understood the lead singer.
Plain average Brit pop nothing special good but not great 3/5
enjoyed it - reminded me of Ash a bit
This album was alot to digest as is this band's history. I dig the sound: I'd believe you if told me that half these songs were unreleased Against Me! tracks. Some of the unhinged moments remind me of their countrymen Mclusky (who are fuckin great btw) and a couple other moments give off a heavier gothy vibe. I'll be revisiting this one. 🌟🌟🌟
I never enjoyed this on the level that I enjoyed Generation Terrorists or Gold Against the Soul
Didn't enjoy the vocals. Forgettable
I've somehow never heard of this band, but I liked them and I'll probably give it a few more listens in the coming days.
An uneasy listen for sure, especially in light of the tragic disappearance of Richey Edwards shortly after recording. The pain comes through in a number of tracks. The punk aesthetic is sincere, the band make a good sound. The production is awful- it’s impossible to hear James Dean Bradfield’s vocals much of the time - which is stupid because the band have something to say. I suspect the record rewards with successive listens but it is tough to hear the pain.
A couple of decent tracks, but a bit repetitive. The low 3, giving them the benefit of doubt.
I thought it was good but didn't really enjoy listening to it, if that's possible. You get me?
Never listened to them before and thought this was a pretty entertaining album. The lyrics were pretty deep and at times dark. Sometimes political as well. The instrumentals were solid and had a good 90s rock punk feel but still some British influences too. The backstory on this album is also pretty interesting. Overall it was good. 7.1/10
Good abs interesting sound although a bit long, great behind story. I liked it
The riffs are okay and the singer has a great voice, which is important in my books, especially when your lyrics are "anti" and angry. The cover art is brave and kudos to the later songs where they change it up a bit - like intro to The Intense Humming of Evil. The issue I have is that I don't know why this album - released in 1994 - would be anything special and worthy of being on this list.
If the intention was also to compose music, the Manic Street Preachers end up sounding like less creative. Some Songs are not my cup of tea. (6/10) Favourite Tracks: She Is Suffering
didnt hate it! 3
Meh, It was good, but I don't get it / know if anything stood out here for me.
Fun, a bit forgettable. The story around what happened after this album is weird though
Well it's not If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next and I think that's its biggest problem
Me gusta Manic Street Preachers pero no soy un súper fan y por lo tanto este disco que había oído de pasada me deja un poco indiferente. Se puede escuchar pero no creo que sea imprescindible. Aunque entiendo que como legado de la desaparición de Richey Edwards forma parte de al historia del rock de los 90 y sobre todo del UK Rock. Hay canciones buenas como Faster, Revol o Archives of pain.
Musically good heavy indie rock - heavier and more raw guitar sound than Everything Must Go, which I know well and rate highly. Sadly I can't make out the lyrics, so don't get the well documented angst that the critics go on and on about. Will listen to again, but for now it's just a 3, albeit a high 3.
okay post-punk sound.
Many of the songs on this album sounded like they should be on movie soundtracks of movies that came out between 96-99. Which for me, is a good thing. I don’t think I’d go back to this for multiple listens but it was enjoyable.
Not a huge Manics fan but this is a decent album. 3 stars
This album was once recommended to me by a friend with good music taste, but I either didn't listen or just couldn't get into it (sorry James). Let's try again, shall we? The Manics have some great hit singles but none of them are on this album... after 3 listens I still can't replay any of the songs in my head, which speaks to a lack of hooks. Still, I like the energy and the industrial/grungy feel to the guitar work, and I enjoyed the music more and more with each listen. Haven't properly delved into the lyrics which are supposedly the strongest part of the album (they're not easy to make out, to be fair), but I am at least starting to understand the hype now.
Heavier than I expected.
First time listening to Manic Street Preachers but I really enjoyed it!
After reading a little background of the album, it's indeed a very sad state of affairs. It is clear whilst listening to it that there the lead singer is not in a good place mentally and physically with documented reports of self-harm, anorexia nervosa, alcohol abuse and depression. The lyrical themes reflect heavily on politics and human suffering, yet it's one of those albums if you weren't paying too much attention to the lyrics themselves you'd happily bop along to the songs themselves without realising it's true meaning. Best: Yes Worst: Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart
Love the Manics. But this won’t be for everyone!
I gave it a go and it wasn't for me. There were some good songs but most of them are forgettable and sound the same.
Good times from a competent hard rock group. Nothing groundbreaking, but I dig their sound design and use of spoken word samples.
Thought provoking lyrics and buttery guitars, some catchy beats. A couple tracks made it to my playlist but I wouldn't really come back to this one.
Nearly gave a 2 until Die in the Summertime, which slaps. Over-rated.
Inte mitt favorit MSP-album. 3*
The Holy Bible reminds me of my early 20s, unrequited crushes on Manics fans, missing Richie. Not my favourite album of the Manic Street Preachers, that honour goes to Generation Terrorists. This album while mostly really good, has some dull or patchy moments. That said after not listening to them for decades i am surprised but the fact this sounds like a prototype for My Chemical Romance.
Best Song: Mausoleum. Really enjoyed the melody for the chorus. Worst Song: This is Yesterday. No one asked for this slow down in tempo in the middle of the album. Overall: Even though I've never heard them before, I can definitely here their influence on bands I have listened to. Although the album starts a bit slow, it picks up relatively quickly into the upbeat, dancey pop/punk/rock that it does well.
I liked the instrumentation quite a bit but the lyrics were a little too much for me. So out there that I had trouble relating at all.
Oh man, from Janet Jackson to this. That's a big ask... Never been much of a Manics fan, I think it's because I don't like his voice. It's always a struggle when you don't like the bit that's front and centre. I saw them on one of their early tours (You Love Us, Feb 92), when they were still in their Gn'R phase, they weren't very good. Always been a bit bored them.
There is definitely a lot going on here. The album is definitely dark... what is strangest to me is that the album sounds like you should be able to understand the lyrics, but the delivery pacing coupled with an advanced word choice makes this very hard to follow just by listening. I like the music and energy but it is a challenging listen. She is suffering stands out for me... but overall a really interesting listen.
As someone only passably familiar with Manic Street Preachers' most radio-friendly hits, "The Holy Bible" was quite an eye-opener. When the opening song is about prostituting oneself, with the opening line "for sale- dumb cunt's same dumb questions", you know you're probably in for an unforgiving, self-lacerating experience. "Holy Bible" is just that, placing Manic Street Preachers straight into the pantheon of nihilistic 90s bands rising up in the wake of grunge. The subject matter here is provocative, uncompromising, and very bleak. It's inevitably tied with the tragic disappearance-deemed-suicide of lyricist and guitarist Richey Edwards, making for some uncomfortable listening to poison not quite unbearable music. "4st 7lb", for example, is plain unpleasant and made me think about the moral dilemma of balancing hateful art with the wellbeing of its creator (were Edwards' struggles with depression and anorexia taken seriously by anyone in the industry at the time? Or were they exploited as a publicity stunt?). "Revol" answers a question nobody needed answering: what if "We Didn't Start the Fire" was done by an angsty alt-rock 90s band? Answer: it would only have marginally more gravitas. So I've been really mixed on "The Holy Bible" and was going to give two stars after one listen, but there is a lot of merit here. Beneath the attention-grabbing toxic lyrics, some of these tracks dare to be catchy ("Yes", the chorus of "Ifwhiteamerica…" and "P.C.P" are some of the strongest examples). There's very strong musicianship (the guitar solo in "Archives of Pain", some nice shifting time-signatures, the hooky bassline in "P.C.P"). "This Is Yesterday" is as close as we get to a ballad and is one of two songs not written by Richey Edwards. It's not as radical as some of the others, but is a bit more palatable and adds a lovely touch of pathos to proceedings. Overall, "The Holy Bible" is a solid, meaty listen. It isn't all roses and sugarplums, but hey, who am I to demand what people write about?
I actually really like this even if I don't know if I'll listen to it again. Brutal, grungy, deeply upsetting, deeply painful to listen to -- you can feel how fucking miserable this vocalist is throughout the album. It's hard to make out the lyrics, but when I looked them up, I really liked most of it. This shit is provocative and unflinching, especially to be from the fuckin' nineties. That said, idk, I think its biggest problems involve not having hooks on a lot of the songs. I can't really remember them. That's an issue. I'd say 3/5!
The album was alright. I wouldn't say any song in particular is memorable or really remarkable. I did not feel the need to skip any songs. I will round up.
They really were manic in places. I thought I’d enjoy it more than I did but it was alright, so an average 3*
New nothing about MSP. Hadn't even heard of them. Really enjoyed this album. Broad range of styles. Better for a road trip than chilling.
It's not my favourite Manics album, but still filled with plenty of hard hitting tracks! 3.5
Yes an intersting album
Holy Shit. This is fucking awesome. It's not all great, it's pretty raw, but it's enough for me to like the album.
Boy this is a mixed bag. After the first ~3 songs I was loving this - aggressive yet melodic, with enough complexity to keep interest. And although there is/was nothing I actively disliked...It just didn't hold up in the long run. Is it too long? Would I have loved this in the LP-age when were were almost limited to around 45 minutes? Maybe it's that. Maybe it's the vocals - they're good ... until they're not (the more aggressive tunes near the middle of the album just don't work for me). Some of the songs have an abrasiveness that I'm sure was intended but isn't my favourite...e.g. "The Intense Humming of Evil" is slightly uncomfortable but also has some great parts in it - I think I should sum it up by saying it - along with a handful of other tracks here - sounds like a bunch of cool parts that end up not being great songwriting. But I will note "This Is Yesterday" and I think how was this not a hit? Great mid-tempo song that could probably have appealed to a variety of audiences. I don't know if I'd say it's a completely satisfying album overall, but there's a lot of good rock here ... I'll split this one right down the middle and will come back to about half the tracks. 5/10 3 stars
it started off string i really enjoyed it but towards the end it was boring and i didn’t like the sound.
This was enjoyable in parts. Like a '90s version of Billy Talent or Against Me.
Not so much my style...
Not my style
Die Songs sind größtenteils zu lang. Läuft so durch. Wird irgendwann langweilig und dann schnell anstrengend. Ich war froh, als die Platte durch war.
First song was good. Joy division with Early 200's alternative singer vibe
PCP was pretty good. Overall not a fan.
this one gets a big 'meh' from me.
Ik heb goede herinneringen aan The manic street preachers, maar dit vind ik eigenlijk gewoon herrie.
Ik vind de Manic Street Preachers erg goed, maar het zal een reden hebben dat ik deze plaat nog niet kende want hier kon ik niet zoveel mee. Iets te agressief en onrustig.
Asså lite för mycket skrik för mig, i dont rlly like it, antagligen typ 2/5 hittills. Näe usch känner jag, inte bra. FY FAN vad är den sista låten verkligen bara OLJUD
Didn't know much of their work before this, not too bad.
A new contender for album that most makes me want to end my life. Nothing like mental health issues laid out on vinyl. Second star just for bass.
Weird and somehow still generic
It was ok but didn’t really impress me. Sounded like mid 90’s pop rock trying to be rock.
didn't bother listening to very much, what I heard wasn't interesting
Was expecting it to be a bit more miserable, so that was a plus, but it still didn't really do it for me.
Seemed like every song had a lead-in spoken blurb. Just never got my attention.
Didn’t entirely listen, but I liked what I heard enough to revisit this album. They got a follow so I can check them out later
meh not a very impressive album. okay. cool cover and second song name lol. 2.5. soz x
Find his voice boring. Whole album felt flat and not much to it
Boring ennit. Too many vocals audio sample intros for no reason. Found the whole thing quite forgettable. Occasionally a good guitar solo. Total dad band.
Starts off great with the opening track -Yes, cool guitar hooks and impassioned vocals. But it goes downhill fast afterwards, all the songs sounds the same and just a Green Day knock off. Also the news audio clips before the songs doesn’t add anything and is just gimmicky.
The third album from Manic Street Preachers was a punk rock album released in 1994. It was the last album from them including guitarist Richey Edwards, as he would take his life a few months after its release. This album did not do well at release except when rated by critics, but in later years it has been praised as being almost "post-punk". The music was moody and not my particular taste.
I really do like several of MSP’s albums, just not this one; too bland for my taste. Hope that doesn’t mean I lack taste
Really loved that first song. And that second song title is pretty damn great. But it all falls off for me after that. By the third track, everything runs together for me.
20th October 2021 Listened at work on the office on my headphones. I liked a lot of this, moody anthems and definitely has their sound. Didn't know about the singer having mental health issues but got can tell in the themes and lyrics.
This is your ex boyfriend's favourite album. That's just a fact. It's ok, but it belongs to a certain time and place and if you were on board back in '94, it's hard to hitch a ride 25 years later. The worst thing is that the title of track two has an apostrophe in it, wth.
2.8 - Sadly, the backstory, compelling as it is, doesn’t do enough to redeem this record for me. It has an ugly and misanthropic worldview that burns like a chemical fire. Too bad because I really liked the first song “Yes” but that feeling soured quickly.
Bra musiker men tyckte inte låtarna va jättebra
Not very good. I felt like the music didn't have a point to it. Best track: none?
I didn't hate it but also didn't enjoy it at all. This genre just really isn't my thing for casual listening
Some cool parts but overall kinda chessy
Mashing but sometimes melodic
I thought I would like this album more than I did, but it's not really my thing. It’s bleak, misanthropic subject matter, backed with a mostly lackluster and incoherent musical point of view. MSP clearly want to do post punk or alternative, but they’re better when they lean into their pop sensibility. I mean, the subject matter of “Yes” is repugnant, but musically it’s really engaging. Most of the songs aren’t able to pull that off and stylistically the album veers in too many directions. Some of the cultural critiques are nonsensical when you dig into them, but we're looking at the world from the inside of Richey Edwards' brain. It's not a pretty place. Fave Songs: This is Yesterday, She is Suffering, 4st 7lb, Yes
is this supposed to be one of their good ones? never really got in to them, i like the idea of the manics but don't really like their music.
Well. I'm well into the right demographic for this band, but I don't like them. At all. This was better than I was expecting, there's emotion aplenty, but still sound like a bunch of whiney boys.
Boring shit that sounds like all other boring shit.
Oh boy, another 2. (2 = It was okay)
Interesting... very political. I guess the name of the band says it all. I guess if you were really into it...
Never been a big fan of this album, or the Manics in general
I tried to like the Manic Street Preachers, I remember standing in the record store I used to work in when their first album came out, reading the hype in the NME and listening to the album multiple times trying to get into it. But I never did. I could hear the hair metal influences (which they couldn't do properly), and there were elements of wanting to be the Clash (uniforms, political posturing, last gang in town vibe). But it just never gelled into anything that moved me. And there was certainly plenty of hype around "The holy Bible" when it came out; the last will and testament of Richey Edwards. Now, Richey was clearly a very unhappy lad, as evidenced from the lyrics of this pretty bleak album, and hammered home but his subsequent disappearance. That doesn't make it a very fun record, and the tunes don't lift it much. The production is not great, and everything sounds bit flat. Interestingly, their US record company (who they hated) remixed the album remixed the album for the US market. I (and, I gather , the band) prefer the US mixes now. I listened to this through three times, and it just won't stick. I don't hate it, but I didn't enjoy it. Edward's disappearance will always give this record some notoriety, but I find it a bit pretentious, lyrically bleak while musically uninspired (unlike, say, early Cure albums that manage to sound bleak and anxious to match the lyrical content), and without sufficient energy to grab me.
This one didn't stand out, kind of sucked actually.
Eh, the singer was mostly incoherent. Tunes weren’t that great either.
No thank you
No thank you, gov'na.
Okay who took photos of me before my Peleton days? Weird album cover and about the same comment on the 🎼 Not my cup of tea
Interesting alternative punk rock album… How songs start out with news clips made it very interesting
not a fan
This record was not for me. It wasn't any of the things I like in early nineties guitar music (shoegaze, jangle pop, whatever genre the stone roses are) and everything I don't like.
bland AF and I am disappointed as I thought this was a reggae/ska band
Bailed halfway through. Nice timing though, given that Nevermind turned 30 last week. Can’t celebrate that without bemoaning all the bullshit grunge that trailed in its wake.
I did not like it. I did not like it at the beginning. I didn't like it in the middle. I didn't reach the end. This album probably did something for someone, but it sounded like utterly indistinguishable 90's grunge/alt mashed together.
That was not enjoyable. I would probably like the music with other subject matter, but in this case the lyrics are the songs.
1.3 - just awful. I wish I could get that hour of my life back. All of the musical excellence of shitty 90s rock, with none of the nostalgia of actually listening to it before.
I've never understood this band, and another listen to this album hasn't changed that.
Couldn’t get past the first 30 seconds
First time hearing this band, it's another British alternative band 🙄 First track is upbeat, no backing vocals and fuzzy guitar tones, I dig it. Lead singer doing his best Freddy Mercury impression. Of Walking Abortions sounds like Twisted Sister. Imagine being at a live show and yelling "we are walking abortions" nah. Overall I didn't hate this.
I’d never heard any of the tracks on this album before. I really enjoyed the opening track - it had what sounded like a Cure riff happening in the background and the lyric content was interesting. But, for me it was downhill after that. Except for This Is Yesterday, which slowed the tempo down somewhat, the band were going hell for leather and I got bored. They might be good at what they do. The sounds & samples used were often interesting (hear The Intense Humming Of Evil). But I found the majority of the tracks to be repetitive & very samey. A bit boring, really.