Generic Ratings: 1: Crap. 2: Okay. 3: Good. 4: Great
This song is for me the weakest of the band’s few songs which have been named after the album (or the album named after it). Like the rest of the album, it is slow and studied, and filled with melancholy – this one sadly feels too dull to me. I get the direction they wanted to take, and Richard Hawley is the perfect voice to fit the mood they were tryign to achieve. Still, I buy a Manics album and want to hear James sing. Hawley is of course preferable to Wire. It’s not terrible, but it is overlong. It has some nice little guitar parts before James does sing and as a whole the song gets much stronger when James does belt one out, strings coming in to join him. Everything around those moments is boring, for lack of a better word.
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