Send Away the Tigers

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like many long-term relationships, Manic Street Preachers benefited from some time apart, as their seventh album, Send Away the Tigers, makes plain. Arriving on the heels of 2006 solo albums from both singer/guitarist James Dean Bradfield and lyricist/bassist Nicky Wire, Send Away the Tigers finds the group recharged and revitalized, achieving the widescreen grandeur of Everything Must Go but infusing it with a harder rock edge that may not be as furious as their earliest work, but is no less committed. This surging sense of purpose was conspicuously absent on the Manics' previous albums, which grew increasingly mannered in their attempts at majestic pop, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like many long-term relationships, Manic Street Preachers benefited from some time apart, as their seventh album, Send Away the Tigers, makes plain. Arriving on the heels of 2006 solo albums from both singer/guitarist James Dean Bradfield and lyricist/bassist Nicky Wire, Send Away the Tigers finds the group recharged and revitalized, achieving the widescreen grandeur of Everything Must Go but infusing it with a harder rock edge that may not be as furious as their earliest work, but is no less committed. This surging sense of purpose was conspicuously absent on the Manics' previous albums, which grew increasingly mannered in their attempts at majestic pop, culminating in the pleasant but too soft Lifeblood. It's hard to call Tigers soft -- it thunders even in its quietest moments, and when strings or keyboards are brought in, they're drowned out by guitars. This doesn't sound like a desperate measure; it sounds like recommitment on the part of the Manics, especially since they haven't abandoned the melodic skills they've honed over the past decade. They've merely melded them to muscular yet mature rock & roll. It's that commitment to hard rock that makes Send Away the Tigers bracing upon its initial listen, but what makes it lasting is the songs, which may lack anthems on the level of "A Design for Life," but they're something better: they're small-scale epics, roiling with drama and coiled with tension, flirting with being overblown but kept grounded by the group's reclaimed righteousness and newfound sense of control. That leanness applies to the album overall as well -- where every Manics record since Everything Must Go grew increasingly over-stuffed, this has no flab, and its ten songs have a relentless momentum. It's still pretty bombastic -- the Manics were never about subtlety -- but the sweeping gestures are delivered with a sense of efficiency that makes Send Away the Tigers never seem heavy-handed, which is something that even their best albums often are. So, this isn't merely a return to form, then -- it's also a welcome progression from a band that only a couple of albums back seemed stuck in a rut with no way out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • Label: Red Int / Red Ink
  • UPC: 766928868527
  • Catalog Number: 88685
  • Sales rank: 70,592

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Send Away the Tigers (3:37)
  2. 2 Underdogs (2:49)
  3. 3 Your Love Alone Is Not Enough (3:55)
  4. 4 Indian Summer (3:54)
  5. 5 The Second Great Depression (4:09)
  6. 6 Rendition (2:59)
  7. 7 Autumnsong (3:40)
  8. 8 I'm Just a Patsy (3:11)
  9. 9 Imperial Bodybags (3:30)
  10. 10 Winterlovers/Working Class Hero (9:15)
  11. 11 [Video Interview]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Manic Street Preachers Primary Artist
James Dean Bradfield Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Sally Herbert Violin
Sean Moore Percussion, Drums
Nicky Wire Bass, Background Vocals
Sean Read Keyboards
Nina Persson Guest Appearance
Andrew Waters Violin
Technical Credits
Manic Street Preachers Composer
Dave Eringa Producer
Martin Hall Management
Sally Herbert String Arrangements
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Nicky Wire Artwork, Art Conception
Greg Haver Producer
Guy Massey Engineer
Andrew Waters String Arrangements
Greg Have Producer
Nathan Persson Engineer, Vocal Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Manics are back!

    Everything in the editorial is spot on "although wordy". This is an outstanding collection of music which brings back the energy and "most of" the rawness of their early days with the melodic backing found in EMG. After the last couple of releases I am happy to say that whatever it is they wanted to get out of their system seems to be gone, hopefully for ever. This is melodic but not another weird attempt at 'clever' pop. If we can forget everything they have done since EMG, this would have been a brilliant follow up. Simply fantastic. There are no bad songs on here, and trying to pick highlights is very difficult to do. This is simply the Manics back to what they do best, strong, energetic, melodic songs with strong lyrics. Welcome back guys!

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