Manic Street Preachers
Send Away The Tigers


3.0
good

Review

by Jordan M. STAFF
March 19th, 2014 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Under Neon Loneliness, CHAPTER 8: “People Like You Need to Fuck People Like Me…”

The Manic’s knew failure better than the back of their hands. They set themselves up to fail by initially claiming they would be the biggest band in the world. They lost everything as soon as the enigmatic Richey Edwards removed himself from the public. They absolutely crushed their core fanbase with the prominence of strings and melancholy on This is My Truth Tell Me Yours, with Know Your Enemy only serving to harshen the burn. On top of the heavily ignored Lifeblood, you’d have thought the Manic’s would have been done in 2007- characteristically, they bucked expectations and kindly made up for past misdeeds.

Taking time off between releases, Bradfield and Wire both took to purging themselves of the missteps that riddled their respective writing corners. Bradfield released his solo record The Great Western, an album of tracks influenced by the likes of New Order or Electronic- cold synths rubbed shoulders with personal introspection via the conduit of it all, The Great Western, a train he’d ride to see his dying mother. Wire released I Killed the Zeitgeist, a rabble rousing and audacious album of The Jam-inspired punk rock spirit. Fresh, both were now ready to start anew.

As such, Send Away the Tigers feels like a heartfelt apology to every fan they’d ***ed around and made look in odd directions over the years. At 10 tracks and just under 40 minutes long, Tigers is carefully constructed pop that fits the ‘Everything Must Go meets Generation Terrorists’ manifesto set out upon. Hooks real you in like fish on bait at the choruses, with the crunching chug of “Underdogs” proving to be one of the bands punchiest singles in years. Likewise, “Imperial Bodybags”, “Rendition” and the title track all prove without question that the Manic’s can still bounce with effervescent energy and rock the Gibson Les Paul in vicious fashion.

Apart from the moments of straight forward uplifting pop and hard rock however, Send Away the Tigers stifles its own identity by simply being far too simplistic for its own good. Nicky Wire pens some of his worst lyrics in some time, with the prettiness of tracks such as “I’m Just a Patsy” and “Your Love Alone Is Not Enough” being undermined by the newly rudimentary pen of Wire. Of course, Wire is nothing like Richey Edwards when it comes to lyrics but to say these lyrics deserves more depth is an understatement- they require far more work than is given to them. At times, like the Guns N’ Roses’ idolizing of “Autumnsong”, it seriously undermines the heavy hitting anthemic nature with trashy lyricism to boot.

But to criticize Tigers for being too simple is a contradiction. If they were to have released the B-Sides for the record, full of experimentation and frugal lyrical depth, the band would have been eagerly torn apart for their lack of earnest and precocious nature to attempt to experiment after their past and its given context. Naturally, Tigers is the apology the Manic’s fanbase needed at the time, and while post-reunion excitement has seen it age somewhat poorly, it set them up for what is arguably one of Rock & Roll’s finest nostalgia trips and a deserving close to one of the bands most significant chapters.

NEXT: “What if a Married Man ***s a Catholic…"”



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Comments:Add a Comment 
sheelanagig
March 19th 2014


56 Comments


A 3.0 ?!

You don't think its any better than lifeblood or Know your enemy?
Don't have much hope for Futurology after the last two albums, though.

PS: Lipstick Traces still needs a review ;)

Crawl
March 19th 2014


2560 Comments


Rewind the Film is pretty good actually

menawati
March 19th 2014


16587 Comments


nice series Arcade, never heard this one

TVC15
August 27th 2017


9896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your Love Alone is Not Enough is so good

Digging: Dexys Midnight Runners - Too-Rye-Ay

Drifter
August 27th 2017


15320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[2]

Drifter
August 27th 2017


15320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First 4 songs are 🔥

Ikarus14
September 15th 2017


1272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just got the 10 year edition on vinyl. So damn catchy and pleasant to listen to.

TVC15
September 25th 2017


9896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

IMPERIAL BODY BAGS

PROM QUEEN DISPOSABLE

CHILDREN WRAPPED IN HOMEMADE FLAAAHAAAAGS

TVC15
May 9th 2018


9896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is there any particular reason Underdogs was replaced with Welcome to the Dead Zone on the remaster?



On the same note, finally listening to the remaster and I actually like the quality even more than the original. Songs are a little cleaner and with Your Love Alone I can properly hear both James and Nina when they harmonize

Drifter
May 10th 2018


15320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Goddamn this grew on you

Log S.
May 10th 2018


2628 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'll check out this remaster, this one has some of my fav songs from them (Indian Summer, Second Great Depression) even though as a rare fan of Lifeblood i wasn't the biggest advocate of them going "back to their roots" as adamantly as they did here



in retrospect tho, it was probably the best time for it



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