Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Manic Street Preachers


It’s been a long, long road for the Preachers. They’ve been making political protest albums since ’91. And while they were once superstars in the U.K., they received very little love in the states. They’ve been relentless with their message, but not always successful with its delivery. Send Away The Tigers finds the band embracing a straight ahead rock approach, as on “Underdogs.” The song could be seen as a logical step backwards; it’s very much like the American “punk” rock from the mid-nineties. Lyrics like “This one’s for the freaks, for you're so beautiful/For all the devotion ridden in your soul” are sung sympathetically over muted power chords. Before you know it, the guitars rip through the air like an explosion while the snare drum jackhammers into infinity. “For underdogs revenge is sweet.” I’m starting to think “Underdogs” may be more autobiographical than outcast anthem.

Download >>Underdogs

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