Gen­er­a­tion Ter­ror­ists 20th An­niver­sary Edi­tion Sony

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Ar­riv­ing slap-bang in our faces more than 20 years ago, Manic Street Preach­ers had a true ide­o­log­i­cal man­i­festo: record a dou­ble de­but al­bum, watch it sell 16 mil­lion copies, then split up. Life has a funny way of turn­ing out wrong, and so, two decades af­ter its re­lease – with the Preach­ers still per­form­ing and mak­ing records – comes an ex­panded ver­sion with all the legacy/her­itage gub­bins in­tact. On its re­lease, Gen­er­a­tion Ter­ror­ists was viewed as a grand folly, and so it re­mains: amid some su­perla­tive tracks ( Slash ‘N’Burn, Nat West-Bar­claysMid­lands-Lloyds, Mo­tor­cy­cle Empti­ness, Lit­tle Baby Noth­ing, You Love Us) lie de­tri­tus . As a co­he­sive al­bum, then, it lacks; as a per­fectly re­alised mu­si­cal alchemy, it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to beat. man­ic­street­preach­ers. com

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