Vinyl Double LP £18.99 88725471251
Gatefold 2LP reissue on Sony.
7/10 Tom 25th May 2018
Released in 1992, the Manics proclaimed that they thought their debut album would sell 16 million copies in a blaze of shameless self-promotion and controversy-courting. While the album was well-hyped, it didn't quite hit those sales, but it did come through on some of their early promise shown on the New Art Riot EP and their single "Motown Junk."
Essentially a love letter to glam, punk, and Guns N' Roses, Generation Terrorists is far from a great album, but it's still fun to give the occasional listen if only to hear the sound of a young band that truly thought they would change the world. The Manics have a real guitar hero and a great singer in front man James Dean Bradfield and he lets rip on opener "Slash 'n' Burn" (I think the 'Slash' reference is intentional) and the riotous "Repeat." Lyrically Richie Edwards and Nicky Wire were more interested in sounding intellectual and controversial to reach the depths of despair that made the Holy Bible such a compelling album but there's plenty of tongue in cheek fun to be had with the likes of "You Love Us". Not their best album but a good start and a template that would get refined to utmost efficiency on album number three, The Holy Bible.
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