BEHIND ‘…ENEMY’ LINES

Nicky Wire proclaims 'Know Your Enemy' as "one of the best albums of all time"...

MANIC STREET PREACHERS have confirmed the tracklisting for their new album ‘KNOW YOUR ENEMY’, a record bassist NICKY WIRE has proclaimed to be “one of the best albums of all time”.

Speaking in the new issue of Q magazine, Wire said their last album ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ “made us react”. He said: “‘Gold Against The Soul’ made us do ‘The Holy Bible’ and ‘This Is My Truth’ made us do this…

“I know every band says their newest album is their best, but I don’t really think that, I just think it’s one of the best albums of all time, not our best.”

The full tracklisting runs:

‘Found That Soul’

‘Ocean Spray’

‘Intravenous Agnostic’

‘So Why So Sad’

‘Let Robeson Sing’

‘Year Of Purification’

‘Wattsville Blues’

‘Miss Europa Disco Dancer’

‘Dead Martyrs’

‘His Last Painting’

‘My Guernica’

‘The Convalescent’

‘Royal Correspondent’

‘Epicentre’

‘Baby Elian’

‘Freedom Of Speech Won’t Feed My Children’

Of the new material, ‘Ocean Spray’ marks James Dean Bradfield’s first published lyrics, and deals with the issue of his mother’s death from cancer, ‘Intravenous Agnostic’ “sums up the album a lot”, according to Wire. He added: “It’s about maximum intake of reality. Sometimes this album is literally too much lyrically and that’s what’s good about it”.

Of the other new tracks, ‘His Last Painting’ was recorded in one take, ‘Wattsville Blues’ is the sound of “The Fall meets the Chili Peppers” and features Wire on lead vocals. ‘Year Of Purification’ has, according to Bradfield, “a bit of an early ’60s West Coast vibe”, while ‘Baby Elian’ is a reference to the Cuban child Elian Gonzales, who became the centre of a political debate last year over a custody battle between his relatives in Cuba and the US.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the band recorded much of the album with little rehearsal. Speaking about new single ‘So Why So Sad’, Bradfield admitted that there had been band discussions “about whether we could get away with it or not”.

As revealed earlier today (January 30) on NME.COM, the Manics will play both of their new singles, ‘Found That Soul’ and ‘So Why So Sad’, on the February 9 ‘Top Of The Pops’. The band will perform fully live, and tickets are going to be made available via the official Manics website [url=]www.manics.co.uk.