Plenty of super-deluxe box set reissues around these days, but The Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible stands out as an album singular enough to warrant this treatment. Here it is presented on heavyweight vinyl, and is accompanied by a glossy book and 4 CDs: 2 different mixes, a disc of b-sides and a recording of a gig at the Astoria, which happens to be Richey’s last… I know I’m tempted.
Vinyl LP £22.99 88875140661
Black vinyl reissue LP on Columbia.
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Vinyl LP box set £49.99 88875036002
20th Anniversary Box-Set on Columbia inc. 180g vinyl LP + 4CD's + book.
2CD and DVD set on Sony.
10/10 Tom 25th May 2018
After the disappointment of their polarizing second album Gold Against the Soul, the Manic Street Preachers decided to go back to basics and start looking inwards. Musically this meant an incredible streamlining of absolutely every element, shaving riffs right down to the bone, doing away with the elaborate multi-layering that had be-plagued their previous two albums. Lyrically, it meant the troubled Richie Edwards began to investigate his own tortured psyche. This double effort to cut to the heart of the matter (a point Richie made by literally cutting himself in front of a glib Steve Lemacq when he questioned the band's integrity) makes the Holy Bible the Manics greatest album by a country mile. Rarely is an album so entertaining, informative, harrowing, joyful, and heartbreaking all at once. James Dean Bradfield perfectly found the right music for Nicky and Richie's dark lyrics, twisting the deceptively complex words around deceptively complex riffs but without ever bogging the listener down in anything dour.
A perfect storm from a band that always promised something great.
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