Manic Street Preachers -Life BloodThe Manics, once bigger than Oasis or Blur (although lesser known in North America), have been eclipsed by fellow Welsh bands like Stereophonics and Super Furry Animals. The lost lustre has much to do with departed chief Manic Richey Edwards and the band’s drift into conservatism. Its seventh studio CD features wistful, string-laden numbers like “1985” and the dutiful Edwards eulogy “Cardiff Afterlife.” While the Manics still drop names like Nietzsche into songs, their fiery rhetoric has sadly given way to complacency.
Dec. 21

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