Gold Against the Soul

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Gold Against the Soul
Studio album by Manic Street Preachers



Label (s) Epic Records

Format (s)


Genre (s)

Alternative rock

Title (number)


running time

42 min 58 s



Dave Eringa

Generation Terrorists
Gold Against the Soul The Holy Bible

Gold Against the Soul is the second music album by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers . It was released on June 21, 1993.

The album marked a big difference to the previous Generation Terrorists , both lyrically and musically. The debut's angry political lyrics gave way to a more personal, almost poetic style. The music also changed: the hard rock of their 92 album was replaced by a slightly more mass-produced, yet bulky alternative rock . The CD contains both radio-friendly hymns like From Despair to Where or La tristesse durera (Scream to a Sigh) (a song about Vincent van Gogh ) as well as dark, inaccessible songs like Nostalgic Pushead or Symphony of Tourette .

Both the band and many critics rate Gold Against the Soul as one of the weakest and most unfocused albums of their career, but with fans it enjoys a high status due to the lyrics by Richey James Edwards and the loud music, although some have taken the step towards mainstream criticize.

Track list

  1. Sleepflower - 4:51
  2. From Despair to Where - 3:34
  3. La tristesse durera (Scream to a Sigh) - 4:13
  4. Yourself - 4:11
  5. Life Becoming a Landslide - 4:14
  6. Drug Drug Druggy - 3:26
  7. Roses in the Hospital - 5:02
  8. Nostalgic Pushead - 4:14
  9. Symphony of Tourette - 3:31
  10. Gold Against the Soul - 5:34