This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

by Manic Street Preachers

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Overview

This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

If Everything Must Go found Manic Street Preachers coping with Richey James' sudden, unexplained disappearance, its follow-up, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours, finds them putting the tragedy behind them and flourishing as a trio. Wisely, the group builds on the grand sound of Everything Must Go, creating a strangely effective fusion of string-drenched, sweeping arena rock and impassioned, brutally honest punk. Since the band never writes about anything less than major issues, whether it be political or personal, it's appropriate that their music sounds as majestic and overpowering as their pretensions. Given that the first single was titled "If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next," calling the Manics pretentious is fair game, but they make their pretensions work through a blend of intelligence, passion, and sheer musicality. This Is My Truth sports more musical variety than its predecessors, which means it can meander a bit, particularly toward the end. Nevertheless, these misgivings disappear with repeated listens, as each song logically flows into the next. If the album ultimately isn't as raw or shattering as The Holy Bible or emotionally wrenching as Everything Must Go, it's because the ghost of Richey has been put behind them. That doesn't mean that This Is My Truth is light, easygoing listening -- the portentous, murky closer "SYMM" guarantees that -- but it's not as torturous as its immediate predecessors. But what it shares with them is a searing passion and intelligence that is unmatched among their peers on either side of the ocean -- and, in doing so, it emphasizes the Manics' uniqueness as one of the few bands of the '90s that can deliver albums as bracing intellectually as they are sonically.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/1999
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724384757922
catalogNumber: 47579
Rank: 239925

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manic Street Preachers   Primary Artist
Dinah Beamish   Cello
James Dean Bradfield   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Horn,Sitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Omnichord
Andy Duncan   Percussion
Sean Moore   Drums
Jos Pook   Viola
Craig Pruess   Sitar,Tambor
Anne Stephenson   Violin
Nicky Wire   Bass,Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Ken Barry   Human Whistle
Martin Ditchum   Percussion
Greg Haver   Drums
Nick Nasmyth   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Mellotron,Wurlitzer,Vox Continental,Yangqin
Claire Orsler   Viola

Technical Credits

Dave Eringa   Producer,Engineer
Ian Grimble   Engineer
Sally Herbert   String Arrangements,Cello Arrangement
Sean Moore   Programming
Nicky Wire   Art Direction
Mike Hedges   Producer
Greg Haver   Engineer
Lee Butler   Producer
R. Thomas   Liner Notes

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