Manic Street Preachers, ‘Postcards From A Young Man’ – What Do You Think?

If you bought it on Monday you’ll have had a few days to live with it now. So… what do you make of the Manics’ new album?

Most critics have been positive. Our own Alex Denney’s 7/10 review is pretty representative:

“It was never likely to best ‘Everything Must Go”s bravura passion play, but then again, the Manics’ 10th offensive is a more playful beast than that – poignant, joyful and above all really, really loud.”

Here’s Nicky Wire talking through ‘Postcards From A Young Man’, track by track.

If you’ve not heard the album yet, you can do so now via this We7 widget.

Meanwhile, here’s another Manics interview on the new album.

And here’s the video for lead-off track ‘(It’s Not War) Just The End Of Love’.

So – over to you. ‘Postcards Of A Young Man’: up there with ‘Everything Must Go’? A backward step after the brilliance of ‘Journal For Plague Lovers’? Speak your brains.