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The Holy Bible

Manic Street Preachers

1994

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The Holy Bible
Album Summary

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.

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  • Rock
  • Britpop

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

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.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

music i would lie about liking to seem edgier as a teen

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Tue May 04 2021
2

Welsh poli-punks hate Reagan and Thatcher as much as me, but they don’t share my fondness for melody or hooks.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
1

“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.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

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

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Wed Jan 17 2024
2

Cool music. I can't understand a word they say.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
5

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.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

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.

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Fri Sep 18 2020
4

A great introduction to a band I've heard of, but never actually heard.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

fun! upbeat. a surprising listen because of the terrible album art.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

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.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

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.

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Sun Mar 26 2023
5

Manic Street Preachers' dark and jagged masterpiece. Every track is a banger yet incredibly dense and could have an essay written about it. At this time the Manics had an interesting approach to songwriting. Richey and Nicky would write the full lyrics to each song then present them to James and Sean to put to music. Just what JDB must have made of the diatribe handed to him is difficult to fathom. However, he did an incredible job in matching the spiky energy of the music to the bleak world view of the lyrics, whilst somehow finding accessible melodies with which to spit out the bilious words. It is this that elevates the album from a poetic rant to a genius work of art. Rating: 5/5 Playlist track: Faster Date listened: 25/03/23

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Fri Jul 21 2023
5

A disturbing and brutal masterpiece - my favorite album of all time. I'm not very good at writing sincere positive reviews, so I'll just say that I love every song on here. I recommend reading up on Richey Edwards before listening to this. It might seem like an album written by a whiny edgelord at first, but you'll understand that it's essentially a broken man's suicide note. The lyrical structures might not be for everyone. There's not many rhymes here and at times it feels like the singer is really struggling to make the lyrics fit. (Big props to James Dean Bradfield for somehow making it all work). I think it adds to the brutality of the whole experience. There isn't much to latch on structurally, so you're just kind of on a bumpy ride to Fuckville, or whatever. It's like reading a block of text with no punctuation in musical form. (And pretty sure that's how they printed the lyrics as well) I'm rambling here. I don't even know what half of the words I just wrote mean, so I'll stop now before I get super obnoxiously pretentious. Listen to this damn album, man. Stop reading the reviews, MICHAEL. A big ol' 10/10.

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Thu Jul 20 2023
3

First off, stop the presses! There is a UK band from the 90’s on this list with actual fire in their bellies….a band that’s not content to comb through the Beatles’ scraps, reheat them and try to pass them off as their own. This sounds closer to a Superchunk record or something their label, Merge Records, would’ve put out than anything those droll Britpop weirdos could ever conjure up. Second, in previous reviews, I’ve alluded to the fact that I am not a very smart guy. Well, add this to the pile of evidence: I had always thought the band was *Manic Street* Preachers, as in Preachers who reside on Manic Street. It didn’t occur to me until today that it’s probably “Manic Street Preachers” as in Street Preachers who are Manic. I’m learning all kinds of lessons today.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

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

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

Another fine generic album by the preachers. Why do these guys have TWO albums on this list???

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Sun Nov 07 2021
2

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.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
2

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.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
5

Fantastic album, great songs, lyrics and general vibe.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

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

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Fri May 06 2022
5

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

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

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.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

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.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Good album on first listen that became an incredible album after three listens, despite its very dark themes. I can’t believe I never this gem of an album until now.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Liked this A LOT. Reminds me of Against Me! Need to listen again more closely to the lyrics, but this is a fantastic album.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

This album is one of favourite albums in fact I would rank in my top 20. Not quite the same without Richie

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Thu Dec 29 2022
5

Dark, grim, intense, loud, confrontational, lyrically strong, fierce vocals, killer guitar sound. The Holy Bible is an absolute amazing album and the best the Manic Street Preachers have released.

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Fri Apr 21 2023
5

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, and 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 they would then combine to collaborate with such a clear vision is almost unbelievable. Favourite tracks are ... All of them! 6 🌟 We miss you Richey

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Wed Apr 26 2023
5

Stupendous album, sinister, electric, everything that made the Manics great at that time. How I wished that I got to see them in those days.

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Thu May 25 2023
5

This album cranks it, lyrically and musically from start to end. If you weren't paying attention to the lyrics you would even think this album is just a bunch of fun. I'll be happily returning to it later. Very impressive for 1994, considering a lot of grunge/garage rock was out at the time, that this stands out as it's own thing. Score: 90 Art: 80

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Thu Jun 08 2023
5

I came to MSP through Everything Must Go and it took me a while to get into the raw earlier songs - this is a big transition album from that early punk to mainstream rock, and is phenomenal. Just pretentious enough.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
5

"The Holy Bible" is the third studio album by the Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. The band felt their first two albums were too hard rock-based and went back to Magazine, Wire, Gang of Four, Joy Division and Siouxsie and the Banshees for inspiration. I did hear that angular Gang of Four guitar on several songs. The album was recorded while lyricist/rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards was dealing with severe depression, self-harm and anorexia. It would be their last album released before Edward's disappearance (he was presumed dead in 2008). In general terms, the theme and lyrics deal with politics and human suffering. Although not considered a commercial success at the time, it did hit #6 on the UK charts. The album did receive widespread critical acclaim and NME also ranked it #1 on the Darkest Albums Ever List. Dialogue from a 1993 prostitution documentary open up "Yes." An easy, post-punk guitar comes shortly after, the band kicks in and the songs rocks from then on. A pop feel. Catchy guitar riff. The lyrics about prostitution and probably selling yourself out. The third and final single "She Is Suffering" is slower, darker. The soft-loud-soft dynamic. Lead singer James Dean Bradfield screaming; he does that throughout this album. The "She" is desire. The second single "Revol" begins with eerie guitar then like most of these songs kicks in hard. This is more hard rock and guitar forward. Dramatic. Great vocal chorus. The lead single "Faster" has layered guitars and catchy vocal and guitar choruses again and is almost danceable. About self abuse. "This is Yesterday" is slower and another song with a great guitar melody. A dark Cure bass line opens the album closer "PCP." This is fast, sped up. I'd almost say power pop and not far off from 80's metal pop. Commenting on political correctiveness and hypocrisy. Yes, if you dig deep enough you will find very dark lyrics but Bradford delivers the lyrics in such a sped-up, screaming fashion, they come across as more energetic. The music rocks: totally post-punk, catchy, melodic. This is a great sounding album.

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Sun Jul 09 2023
5

My new favorite band that i've never heard of wow what a revelation from a time in which music was my life as a thirteen year old

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Fri Sep 01 2023
5

Amazing album, very diverse styles and compelling melodies and rhythms. I haven't even dived into the lyrics, but it's musically excellent.

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Fri Oct 13 2023
5

This is the stuff you play when you’re fucking sick of the world and everything around it. Love it. Lyrics are deep and very interesting, good vibes as well. Praise Richy!

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Mon Oct 23 2023
5

Absolute classic. An unmatchably bleak anti-Britpop album

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Mon Nov 20 2023
5

"Archives of pain" has a sick guitar solo. "Revol" is an earworm. A blend of various rock subgenres. Amazing album in general.

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Thu Dec 07 2023
5

An awful cover hides an intelligent and emotional bit of post punk meets metal. Absolutely brilliant. Will be exploring this discography.

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Thu Dec 07 2023
5

I liked this a lot more than I expected and will be revisiting. This is right up my alley, with interesting lyrics and a few diverse tracks. Overall, a great pick.

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Thu Dec 07 2023
5

I understand that Richey Edwards looms large over this record, in fact that’s all I knew about this band or album. And since I find almost every lyric unintelligible, my ignorant ears would never have been aware of the songs’ subject matter if I hadn’t read how dark the themes were. Without the accompanying knowledge of the lyrics, the music was anything but despondent and upsetting. “Yes” is an all time album opener and it took me 5 tries to get past the first 4 tracks on the album because of how much I wanted to relisten to them. “She is Suffering” sounded so much like a Brett Anderson/Bernard Butler song that I looked up if Suede and the Manics had any affiliation and what do you know-they’re touring the UK in 2024 together.

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Fri Dec 08 2023
5

5. Love Manic Street Preachers!

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Thu Dec 14 2023
5

Completely beyond surprised by how much I loved this. The influences of metal, punk, and goth all come together to create a perfectly balanced album, flowing from the chromatic riffage of metal to the rapid power chords of punk and the quiet emotion of goth. Many songs make clever use of guitar and vocal effects and digital recording techniques, while others stick to the classic sounds of punk. The lyrical content is deep while not seeming too pretentious or naïve. I loved each song more than the last and wanted to relisten to the album later the same day.

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Tue Dec 19 2023
5

Have I ever heard a bad song by the Manic Street Preachers? Probably not. Everything Must Go and This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours are pretty much perfect in my humble little opinion, so I’m excited to hear this record. I don’t think I recognise and track titles here, but we’ll soon find out. Songs I already knew: none Favourites: Faster, PCP As expected, this album is brilliant. There is so much energy gushing into my ears, while still being able to hold my attention when the softer tracks come. The vocals are the main delight here, and it’s rare that I say that as I usually tune more into the instrumentation. He sings with such passion and hits notes that he makes sound easy. The instrumentation is still great and interesting, but by Jove I do love his voice.

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Fri Dec 22 2023
5

I had never heard of this before. I thought it was great!

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Fri Dec 22 2023
5

Far exceeded expectations, this is some great and catchy punk/rock music.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

I’ve heard the name of this band before but didn’t know what they would sound like - I think I expected cheesier Brit-pop, since I know there’s a lot of that on this list. What I got instead was dark, angry, hardcore punk with great melodies and vocals. Exactly my type of thing. In my head I was debating between giving this a 4 or a 5 but hell, this project is about celebrating new music and expanding your horizons, and I KNOW I’m going to listen to this album again. So five stars it is!

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Mon Feb 05 2024
5

I really like their style. It’s raw and sophisticated at the same time.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

If I knew about this album when I was 15, I would have been even more of an emo nightmare than I was.

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Fri Mar 01 2024
5

An absolutely fantastic album. I love the style and the sound - but my favorite part is the deeply thought out lyrics (and interspersed audio). I really feel like the album tells a story/is sending a message in an artistic and creative way. Definitely want to check out their other stuff!

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Wed Apr 10 2024
5

By far the best MSP album, and just one of the best albums ever made.

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Sat Apr 20 2024
5

I think there is more of a message here and I got at firts listen, but the songs were bops! Definitely will listen again.

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Thu May 09 2024
5

Might be my favourite album ever.

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Sun May 12 2024
5

Adore this record, such a shame they only ever made one even nearly this good. Generation Terrorists easily their next best but doesn't approach this as a whole artistic achievement. RIP Richey. From the opening melody of Yes I'm totally drawn in and back to the first time I ever heard it. Love that this is tagged as britpop, this is NOT britpop, lol. While everything else was focused on reproducing the sound of the 60s the Manics went digging around the jagged edges of 1978-1982. And they saw that it was good. Some lyrics probably haven't aged well, but much of this was the product of a very troubled mind so there needs to be allowances for that. A shame Nicky has turned into such a lib dem kind of guy, he used to be so cool. The music as well, James and Sean were never this visceral, before or again. I find it oddly summery, despite all the darkness, particularly She is Suffering, I always crave it more during hot weather, and this has come out on a gorgeous 23 degree May day. Every song is absolutely fantastic. Just all of it. Fucking brilliant. Definitely one of my all time favourites. Immediately lost interest in the band after Everything Must Go, as far as I can tell they haven't done anything really decent apart from Masses Against the Classes after that. But they did make this, and for that I'm always grateful. Who's responsible? They fucking were.

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Thu May 16 2024
5

oh right, rock is good a lot of the time

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Wed Jun 12 2024
5

One thing I think I've learned over the course of rating all these albums is that present mood is a big factor. I'm not sure I'd always give this a five, but today it felt just like what I wanted to listen to. I don't think the lyrics here are nearly as deep or meaningful as Richey thought they were. And the music is super bombastic, which I often find a turn-off. But today, it's a five.

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Mon Oct 19 2020
4

Visceral and angry....Yet melancholic and melodic, the manics doing what they do best

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

"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.

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Wed Dec 02 2020
4

quite a surprise, incredible lyrics

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Nice 90s grunge/anxiety. Die in the summer time, was probably my favorite. Need to listen to more of MSP!

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Solid listen. Never heard before

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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

Really cool and political, I can see its influences in a lot of things now

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

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

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

The compositions here are obviously impressive this thing could’ve cut two whole songs though

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Niet mijn favoriete album van hun, beetje te gejaagd, maar het blijft lekker om ze te horen.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Dark lyrics but somehow it manages to be extremely enjoyable.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

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 

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Never heard of Manic Street Preachers before. Now that this has introduced me to them, I'll check out the rest of their discography.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

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.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

I liked it! Smashing Pumpkins vibes. Very enjoyable

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Really enjoyed the punk vibes from this album. I'm going to come back to these guys for sure!

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

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.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Great discovery for me. Awesome modern punk.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Sick riffs. Interesting lyrics. One of the coolest albums of the 90s. 8-9/10

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Better than the real bible. New wave, industrial, art rock goth. There's a wonderful seething fury about absolutely everything. #whereisrichie?

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

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

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Now this is a religion I can get behind.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

I need another listen before I decide if it's a bit too smug

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Rock alternativo. Un poco más del ni fu ni fa. Venga, un 4.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

This was a surprise and an album/band I’d never heard before. Interesting stories, lyrics — it was great.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

I'd probably consider it a 3.5, rounding up because I was a bit busy when listening to it

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