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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 100-81

PopMatters' best albums of the 2000s begin with a series of records that span epic metal, ornate indie folk, and a terrifying work of electronic music.

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The 60 Best Songs of 2018

The year in song reflected the state of the world around us. Here are the 60 songs that spoke to us this year.

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'Resistance Is Futile' Is Manic Street Preachers' Pop Album with Some of Their Most Immediate Songs Ever

The songs on Manic Street Preachers' Resistance Is Futile come across as standalone, individual vignettes with each one seemingly written as a potential single.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s - Part 4 (40 - 21)

The fourth part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, including Suede, Manic Street Preachers, Pulp, and My Bloody Valentine.

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Manic Street Preachers: 23 April 2015 - New York (Photos)

The Manics' 1994 masterpiece, The Holy Bible, rides again.

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The Manic Street Preachers Re-Open 'The Holy Bible'

With their full performance of The Holy Bible, the Manic Street Preachers take the most sunless of records and place it under a spotlight.

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Manic Street Preachers: Futurology

After taking a brief pause to survey the past, the Manic Street Preachers lunge back into the future.

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Manic Street Preachers: Rewind the Film

The Manic Street Preachers have never sounded less like themselves than on Rewind the Film.

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The Top 20 Manic Street Preachers Songs As Voted By Fans

Manic Street Preachers are in the midst of promoting their 11th LP Rewind the Film. To celebrate, PopMatters explores the top 20 of a special fan poll of the most popular Manics songs.

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Five Dark Parallels Between NIN's 'The Downward Spiral' and the Manics' 'The Holy Bible'

Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral is one of the most grueling albums of the '90s and represents a creative high and personal low that Trent Reznor has never matched. In Manic Street Preachers' The Holy Bible, however, the album has a dark twin which matches its irresistible horror blow for blow.

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Wales: So "Cool Cymru" Part II

Not so beholden to British traditions, Welsh bands are as likely to be influenced by US music as UK music. Indeed, Cardiff is sometimes called the “New Seattle” due to its prevalence of (post-)grunge bands.

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Manic Street Preachers: Postcards from a Young Man

Welsh heavyweights' tenth album is a mixed bag filled with John Cale, gospel choirs, Duff McKagan, mammoth choruses, Ian McCulloch, and the obligatory literary references. At least a few of these elements actually work.

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Manic Street Preachers - “(It's Not War) Just the End of Love” (Behind the Scenes Video)

The Welsh agitprop rockers release behind-the-scenes footage about their video for the first single promoting their softer tenth record.

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Manic Street Preachers and "Mass Communication"

A turn towards the radio-friendly on the new Manic Street Preachers record may not be for everyone, but it's hardly new, either, and is a direction which has yielded great music before.

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Ocean Colour Scene: Saturday

After 20 years of solid and dependable releases, Birmingham's Ocean Colour Scene have survived the Britpop era with flair, and pack their latest disc with good-time party jams that are guaranteed to keep you moving.

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Manic Street Preachers: Journal for Plague Lovers

The Welsh three-piece go back to their former band-mate’s lyric book and set it to music –- and reinvigorate themselves in the process.

David Smith
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Manic Street Preachers: Send Away the Tigers

With Send Away the Tigers, the Welsh rockers regain their '90s glory.

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It's Not a Question of Compromise; It's Just a Question of Clarity

The Nicky Wire Interview, Part Two, in which he discusses the Manic Street Preachers' career as well as other artists who have influenced them.

Tim O'Neil
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Manic Street Preachers: The Holy Bible -- 10th Anniversary Edition

It remains a galling, cankerous reminder of the painful and profound issues that the majority of pop music has always been designed to mask. If the album seems strained in places, overwrought in others and unimaginably grim throughout, it is still -- despite these flaws -- a vital and demanding work.

Tim O'Neil
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Manic Street Preachers: Lifeblood

While far from a smashing return to form on par with Everything Must Go (their career high-water mark), Lifeblood should reassure the public that the Manics are not yet artistically bankrupt.

Jon Garrett
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Manic Street Preachers: Know Your Enemy

Does the group once famously dubbed the most important British band of the '90s have anything left for us to listen to in this new millennium?

Wilson Neate
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Manic Street Preachers: This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

Weathering the disappearance of original primary lyricist Richey Edwards, the band has not only thrived, but also grown in new directions.


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