Manic Street Preachers Send Away The Tigers
3.6 Ranking: #78 for 2007
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3.5 greatNick Butler EMERITUS | November 19th 07

Considering that they were once the most urgent, vital force in British music, it was especially difficult for us fans to watch the Manics become stadium giants and lose not just their fury, but also a good chunk of their intelligence and political intentions. They were still pumping out good songs fairly regularly, but the albums were hard to swallow. It was hard to see how they'd reclaim lost ground on that front - any attempt to revisit earlier glories would be obvious and likely disastrous (Know Your Enemy), and there was limited potential in reinvention (Lifeblood). But, third time lucky, they've done it. It's hard to explain what's so right about Send Away The Tigers, but it just feels like the passion and the urgency is back. As such it's easily their most solid album in 11 years, and a signpost that actually, they probably do have a future that's not based around endless re-runs of Everything Must Go.

In short:

THEY'RE GOOD AGAIN! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!


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4.0 excellentDr Dave De Sylvia STAFF | November 7th 07

Upon its release, Send Away The Tigers marked a turn for long-suffering Manics fans- finally a release that captured the spirit of the great early recordings without sounding forced or contrived. Six months down the line, it sounds as fresh as ever, from the chunky rockabilly shuffle of anti-war anthem 'Imperial Bodybags' and the suggestive, Slash-like licks of single 'Autumnsong.' Opener 'Send Away The Tigers' reignites the group's long-held infatuation with layering morbid literary references inside superficially benign pop songs, while 'Indian Summer' and 'Winterlovers' recall the best of the flawed post-Richey James hangover Everything Must Go. Freely-distributed before the album�s release, 'Underdogs' pays tribute to the proud misfits and outcasts who make up the group�s fanatically loyal fanbase, and lead single 'Your Love Alone Is Not Enough' sees frontman James Dean Bradfield bounce jubilant pop melodies off Cardigans frontman Nina Persson to no small effect. The most impressive aspect of Send Away The Tigers is that it feels as if it means something, and does so naturally, a stark contrast to the forced relevance of Know Your Enemy and electro-pop disaster Lifeblood.

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Awesome album. I have had Imperial Bodybags stuck in my head for days now

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