On Second Thought
Manic Street Preachers - "The Holy Bible"

By: Colin Cooper

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Posted 05/11/2004 - 08:24:23 AM by sheptonmullet:
 I know what you mean. After I buying this album I too became a little obsessed: clippings, b-sides, the whole lot. I thank god that I bought (the curiously enough also featured today) Wowie Zowie a few months later and deviated away from the monomanic course I was following towards a good dose of slacking and a hard-on for country rock. I can’t stand listening to this anymore; if it comes on I usually walk out the room. For a band that was so politically/philosophically obsessed the whole thing sounds so totalising. And I remember what a jerk I was.
Posted 05/11/2004 - 02:51:56 PM by Havalina:
 Great review. I bought The Holy Bible just four months ago and found it to be an extraordinary and terrifying album. I've heard that a lot of people become consumed by this album in the way that you described, but it didn't happen with me. I think I kept an emotional distance from it because I really didn't want to be consumed by it. Both musically and lyrically it's a stunning album, but it did scare me somewhat because I'd never encountered such bleakness and nihilism before. It's truly a harrowing listen. I don't listen to it often because it's not that sort of a record - rather, it's one you really have to be in the mood for. In fact, while This Is Yesterday is often considered the sole moment of respite on the album (which musically speaking is probably true), I think it's in many ways actually the saddest song of the lot, because it's much more relatable than the rest of the album and it relies on direct emotion rather than repulsion and bleakness. Incidentally I always thought of that as a Richey Edwards lyric rather than a Nicky Wire lyric, but you may well be right about that. There are some moments which I find genuinely hard to listen to, especially Die In The Summertime, and that truly horrible spoken word bit in the middle of Mausoleum (you probably know which bit I mean) which actually makes me feel ill. 4st 7lb is also a devestatingly powerful song, with what I consider to be the second-best coda I've ever heard (The Happening by the Pixies has the best :) ).
Posted 05/11/2004 - 04:03:25 PM by clockoouut:
 what, you trying to say you didn't have big dreams for 'Manic Street Preachers: The Musical' after hearing 'This is My Truth Tell Me Yours'? Picture the curtains open, little Japanese twins are playing pattycake, there's a cardboard sun with glasses on over a sunny backdrop, people in leotards are connected to cables and flying across the stage with streamers, and the band is wailing "But youuuu...stole the sun from my heaaaaaaaart..."
Posted 05/11/2004 - 07:34:57 PM by IanMathers:
 "extraordinary and terrifying" is a good way to describe the album. Personally for me "This Is Yesterday" is actually the most horrifying track on the album (except for maybe "Die In The Summertime") because the only solace the narrator can even begin to imagine exists in the past, which by its very nature is contructed and inaccessible.