The Manic Street Preachers have returned with their ninth album.
Its songs are shaped around previously unused lyrics by Richey Edwards.
He was the band’s driving force, leading the charge in the early years of success in politics and style.
Edwards vanished in 1995, and after his disappearance the band’s direction changed.
This new album will be disappointing for fans who were hoping for a return to the days of “Yes” and “You Love Us”.
But a new Manics’ album is always a treat, and, despite a decline in their politics, they remain as lively and engaged with the world around them.
Journal for Plague Lovers
The Manic Street Preachers
CD out 18 May