Some Kind Of Bliss

Generic Ratings: 1. Crap. 2: Ok. 3: Good. 4: Great

Many of you will know the story – the band wanted to work with Kylie Minogue on their debut, but things happened and the duet never transpired. Fast forward a few years and the band finally got to work with the Oz songstress, the result being a peppy, poppy mixture of Brit pop and classy string based production. It really is rather good, warm verses and a big bright chorus. We even get a good Bradfield solo, Minogue sings the song effectively and avoids her usual nasal approach, and although Bradfield doesn’t get any lines to make it a true duet it still feels like a Manics song with the swelling strings and the defined stadium chorus. The song came out in 1997 – at the peak of the band’s stadium filling powers – replace the vocals with Bradfield and this wouldn’t feel too out of place on Everything Must Go.

Misheard Lyric: As it ain’t big James singing on this one there aren’t too many opportunities for mishearing the lyrics. How about ‘Stubbed in my reflection and let the cupboard fall’ instead of ‘Study my reflection and let the colours fall’?

Some Kind Of Bliss: 3/Good

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