I never got around to sharing my Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear list for 2010 with the internets in general in December, so I’ve decided to mine it for fresh post material in ’11. I’m posting the songs in the order in which they would have appeared in the final playlist, so if you play along at home, you’ll have heard a tidy 80-ish minutes of great music when all is said and done. Today, I check in on my second-favorite 90’s British band, Manic Street Preachers.
The last few years have seen the Manics look back to go forward, and that’s a great thing. In 2009, they reinvigorated themselves on Journal of Plague Lovers by revisiting the caustic sound and lyrics of their landmark 1994 album The Holy Bible. A little over a year later, they embraced the gigantic, anthemic sound of Bible‘s follow-up Everything Must Go with Postcards From A Young Man, an excellent collection of subversive radio-friendly rockers. There’s not a weak song to be found, but my favorite is definitely “A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun,” a ripping indictment of the me-first internet and celebrity media culture that features financial guru Duff McKagan on bass:
(Thanks to absolutely pointless restrictions, you’ll have to go to YouTube to watch/listen: believe me, I looked high and low for an alternative — sorry!)
Unfortunately, the Manics haven’t signed a U.S. distribution deal for Postcards From A Young Man, so your only option is a reasonably-priced import CD via Amazon.com, but it’s well worth the investment.
Oh, and yes, that is a young Tim Roth on the album cover.