ROCK

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

THE Welsh rock­ers have revved them­selves up for yet an­other spin around the stu­dio, prov­ing once more that th­ese days rock ’ n’ roll is a real day job and too lu­cra­tive to give up. Af­ter burst­ing on to the scene with Gen­er­a­tion Ter­ror­ists it has been a roller- coaster ca­reer, with the dis­ap­pear­ance of gui­tarist Richey Ed­wards and only the oc­ca­sional good album. This one is No. 8 but you wouldn’t know it from the bounce and vigour ap­par­ent on ev­ery track. It veers be­tween the soar­ing sta­dium rock per­fected by the likes of Guns N’ Roses on Au­tumn­song and emo on Un­der­dogs . There are even slabs of what sounds like Aussie pub rock: the nag­gingly catchy For Your Love Alone is Not Enough is a mo­ment of which the Hoodoo Gu­rus would be proud. Still, they have noth­ing new to say and it’s all too an­themic, but they seem to be en­joy­ing them­selves at last. It’s a re­mark­ably tight album and you can’t fault its con­sis­tency; for long- time fans, that will surely be enough. Send Away the Tigers Manic Street Preach­ers Sony/ BMG

Michael Sains­bury

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