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Studio album by Manic Street Preachers



Label (s) Epic Records

Format (s)


Genre (s)

Alternative rock

Title (number)


running time

45 min 26 s


Studio (s)


Know Your Enemy
Lifeblood Send Away the Tigers
Chart positions
Explanation of the data
  DE 56 11/15/2004 (1 week)
  CH 81 11/14/2004 (1 week)
  UK 13 11/13/2004 (3 weeks)
The Love of Richard Nixon
  UK 2 10/30/2004 (5 weeks)
Empty souls
  UK 2 01/22/2005 (4 weeks)

Lifeblood is an album by the Welsh band Manic Street Preachers . It was released on November 1, 2004. The album marked a marked change in style in the group's music; the manics came from the harsh political rock of their predecessor to a personal pop . The political texts of Know Your Enemy evaded emotional lyrics. On Life Blood was on the missing since 1995 rhythm guitarist for the first time Richey James Edwards referred to.


Lifeblood was - similar to This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours , released in 1998 - more oriented towards soul and pop music than the band's other records, which were primarily oriented towards punk from The Clash . For the first time, synthesizers and keyboards were also frequently used. The successful single The Love of Richard Nixon , which reached number two in the UK Top 40 in Great Britain , did not contain guitars, according to Nicky Wire, only synths and drums. The single was differentiated from the other songs on the album by the fact that it had a political text, which - unusual for the band - showed sympathy for a politician of the political right , the Republican US President Richard Nixon . The other songs on the CD were less political, as Nicky Wire did not want to join a debate " in which Green Day , Chris Martin and Fran Healy " (singer of the band Travis ) "join" . While the album was positively received by most of the critics ( Mojo ) Lifeblood called " an album that pegs its subtle but intrusive melodies with dignity and maturity ", there was also criticism: Q called the album " miserable and juicy ". Opinions also differed among the fans of the group; With the exception of Know Your Enemy , no album by the band has a lower average on Rate Your Music. There was also no commercial success: Lifeblood only landed at number 13 in the British charts - the weakest position since the debut Generation Terrorists - and fell off the charts again after 2 weeks. The two singles The Love of Richard Nixon and Empty Souls each reached second place in the British charts.

Track list

All lyrics written by Nicky Wire, music written by James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore, except where noted.

  1. "1985" - 4:08
  2. "The Love of Richard Nixon" - 3:38
  3. "Empty Souls" - 4:05
  4. "A Song for Departure" - 4:20
  5. "I Live to Fall Asleep" - 3:57
  6. "To Repel Ghosts" - 3:58
  7. "Emily" - 3:34
  8. "Glasnost" - 3:14
  9. "Always / Never" - 3:42
  10. "Solitude Sometimes Is" - 3:21
  11. "Fragments" - 4:02 (T: Nicky Wire and Patrick Jones)
  12. "Cardiff Afterlife" - 3:27

Individual evidence

  1. Chart sources album:
  2. a b chart sources singles:
  3. Article about the band from The Guardian (English), last accessed December 11, 2008
  4. Interview with the band (English), last accessed December 7, 2008
  5. Interview with Nicky Wire (last accessed December 11, 2008)
  6. ^ Collected reviews of Lifeblood (English), last accessed December 11, 2008
  7. The band's albums on Rate Your Music and their averages , last accessed December 11, 2008