Gold Against the Soul

Gold Against the Soul

by Manic Street Preachers


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Taking the hard rock inclinations of Generation Terrorists to an extreme, the Manic Street Preachers delivered a flawed but intriguing second album with Gold Against the Soul. Inspired by Guns N' Roses, the Manics decided to rework their working-class angst as heavy arena rock; they seize upon the latent politicism of Guns N' Roses' tortured white-trash metal, interpreting it as a call to arms. Since the Manics are more intellectual and revolutionary than the Gunners, Gold Against the Soul burns with inspired, if confused, rhetoric. The Manics, however, aren't quite as gifted with hooks at this stage -- their power derives from their self-belief, which they can't quite translate into songs. They are given a bigger, louder production on Gold Against the Soul, which makes the album a more visceral listen than Generation Terrorists, but the songs aren't as consistently compelling as those on the debut. "From Despair to Where" is a vibrant anthem, and "Drug Drug Druggy," "Roses in the Hospital," "Yourself," and "Sleepflower" all have a similar energy, but the peaks don't arrive quite as frequently as before. Nevertheless, the rage is more articulate and the sound is stronger, making Gold Against the Soul a flawed but worthy step forward.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/25/2002
Label: Columbia Europe
UPC: 5099747406423
catalogNumber: 474064
Rank: 142370

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manic Street Preachers   Primary Artist
James Dean Bradfield   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Eringa   Piano,Hammond Organ
Richey James   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Ian Kewlet   Piano,Hammond Organ
Ian Kewley   Piano,Hammond Organ
Sean Moore   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Sampling
Nicky Wire   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

James Dean Bradfield   Composer
Dave Eringa   Producer,Engineer
Nick Ingman   Arranger,String Arrangements
Richey James   Composer
Sean Moore   Composer,Programming,drum programming
Shovel   Contributor
Nicky Wire   Composer

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