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Twenty years ago, 'Everything Must Go' - the fourth Manic Street Preachers album and their first since the disappearance of guitarist Richey Edwards in February 1995 - was awarded 8/10 as the lead review in NME. Twenty years on, the band are about to embark on a celebratory tour to mark the record's 20th anniversary. Click on the player below to listen to it in full, but first, check out an extract from NME writer Ted Kessler's emotional review:

"Well, whatever powers them forward now - and it can't be born of the same grim intensity as before - tragedy has not dimmed the Manics' creative glow. 'Everything Must Go' does not collapse under its own sheer significance in the way that New Order's first album after Ian Curtis' suicide and Joy Division's subsequent split. It's a record that races with heavenly string arrangements and huge sweeps of emotive rock orchestration, one that bristles with a brittle urgency. It is not a wake, but the sound of a band in bloom…

… No other group makes music that sounds so much like one final, valedictory salute everything, and much of 'Everything Must Go' sweeps as if it should accompany the closing MSP titles as our heroes ride off into the sunset. But you leave the show feeling privileged to have experienced such a life-affirming and tuneful bout of self-counselling, and you feel it's done them good as well. 'Everything Must Go' punches at its own heavy, emotional weight - of recent memory only Radiohead's 'The Bends' can spar in the same ring - but as the right hand pounds you with desolation, the left follows through with a tentative and gentle tickle of optimism."



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