Manic Street Preachers
Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
‘Your Love Alone…’ isn’t exactly ‘Archives Of Pain’ (who would actually want something so gruelling again?), but it sizzles with the euphoric abandon of a band who aren’t taking themselves too seriously – for the first time since ‘Generation Terrorists’ they actually sound like they’re enjoying themselves. This is the original culture sluts growing old disgracefully. Apparently an imagined conversation between Nick and Richey about the big stuff; sex, religion and democracy, it scarcely matters what ‘Your Love Alone…’ is about: in fine tradition it mines profundity from what is just as likely to be poetic nonsense. But more than that, for the first time in years the sex within the song takes centre stage, while Nina from The Cardigans’ bored, ice-princess vocal chimes a pastel note of sorrow amongst the euphoria, and it’s beautiful. Hell, Wire even sings a line and it sounds moving rather than disgusting. Stay beautiful? Verily.
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