Infobox Album |
Name = Lifeblood
Type = Studio album
Manic Street Preachers
Released = November, 2004
Recorded = 2003, New York & Wales
Length = 45:26
Greg Haver, Tony Visconti, Tom Elmhirst
Allmusicrating|3|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:h9fqxq8sldhe link]
Drowned In Soundrating|9|10 [http://www.drownedinsound.com/release/view/3805 link]
The Guardianrating|3|5 [http://arts.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,,1343168,00.html link]
NMErating|6|10 [http://www.nme.com/reviews/manic-street-preachers/7575 link]
Last album = "Lipstick Traces"
This album = "Lifeblood"
Next album = "
Send Away the Tigers"
"Lifeblood" is the seventh studio album by
Manic Street Preachers. It was recorded in New York and Wales by Tony Visconti, Tom Elmhirstand frequent collaborator Greg Haver.
Released on November 1, 2004 and preceded by the number two single "
The Love of Richard Nixon", the album entered the UK Albums Chartat #13 and only spent two weeks in the top 75.
The album includes a song about
Emily Pankhursta leader in the British woman's suffragemovement ("Emily") but otherwise the band's earlier political lyrics have been replaced by personal reflection such as on the band's past ("1985") and former member Richey Edwards("Cardiff Afterlife"). The album was also a departure musically, replacing the band's traditional guitar walls with more subtle and melodic playing, emphasis instead being given to keyboards and synthesizers. This results in a softer sound, something Nicky Wiredescribed as "elegiac pop" throughout the recording process.
Empty Souls" was the second single released and like the previous single, it debuted and peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart. No further singles were released. Two tracks recorded during the Lifeblood recording sessions ("Antarctic" and "The Soulmates") remain only on the Japanese version of the album.
A Song For Departure was thought to be the third and last single from the album, as they performed the song on Later with Jools and was more Rock-like, but they wanted to have a break and were disappointed with the album.
working titleof this album was Litany, hinting that the song 'Litany' recorded during the Lifeblood sessions was originally intended for inclusion. The track however only featured as a b-side to the Empty SoulsCD-Single. The title LifeBlood is a reference to the lyric "My life-blood spills over" from the Rush song 2112.
#"1985" – 4:08
The Love of Richard Nixon" – 3:38
Empty Souls" – 4:05
#"A Song for Departure" – 4:20
#"I Live to Fall Asleep" – 3:57
#"To Repel Ghosts" – 3:58
#"Emily" – 3:34
#"Glasnost" – 3:14
#"Always/Never" – 3:42
#"Solitude Sometimes Is" – 3:21
#"Fragments" – 4:02
#"Cardiff Afterlife" – 3:27
*All songs written by:
Nicky Wire, James Dean Bradfield, Sean Moore.
*Additional lyrics on "Fragments" by:
*Keyboards: Nick Nasmyth, Jeremy Shaw.
*Percussion: Greg Haver.
*All tracks produced by Greg Haver, except "Solitude Sometimes Is", "Cardiff Afterlife" and "Emily" produced by
*Additional production on "1985", "
The Love of Richard Nixon", "Solitude Sometimes Is", "Cardiff Afterlife" and "Emily" by Tom Elmhirst.
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