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Lipstick Traces - A Secret History
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Media: Audio CD
Manufacturer : Epic
Release data : 14 July, 2003

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    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    The story that lost its voice recovers it

    The second compilation of the year from the Manic Street Preachers considerably outshines the dissapointing Forever Delayed which had a distinct record company sheen to it (what no stay beautiful!). The album starts with Prologue to History which is typical Manics, I can only think this didn't make it onto This is my truth... because it wouldn't fit in with the other mellower tracks. Judge Yr'self has the same sound as Holy Bible era manics, indicating maybe Richey would not have gone down the commercial route. Without doubt the standout track on the album is Donkeys which contains one of Richeys best lyrics, "Put some lipstick on, at least your lies will be pretty," and JDB's most heartfelt guitar solo ever. Mr Carbohydrate didn't make it onto ETMG most likely due to its similarity to tracks such as Enola/Alone, which is a pity thanks to its memorable autobiographical lyric from Nicky. The original version of Spectators of Suicide has an amazingly dreamy quality to it which is lacking in the album version.
    The second disc is all covers with a nice variety ranging from Nirvana to Chuck Berry. The highlight is without doubt We are all bourgeois now (mccarthy which was the hidden track on Know your enemy and lets face it one of the best tracks on the album. It has an unusual quality with JDB's vocals turned down in the mix. The pick of the rest of the covers are Rock and roll music(chuck berry), Bright eyes (art garfunkel) and Train in vain (the clash).
    If you are new to the manics and considering buying an album this is a good starting point as it has a good spread from each album, to give you an idea of the different styles. In other words this is an absolute essential for any manics fan, new or old.

    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    Prologue to the Future

    This is the first review of any album i have ever contributed, but after reading some of the reviews of this album by other sources i felt compelled to offer my opinion. If one understands this isn't a cash in on fame, but an offering to the true fans of some classic manic street preachers b-sides and covers which they would be unable to obtain unless they had the time (and Resources) to collect every manic single!! (some of which have been deleted). With this in mind, this album offers the manic fan the flip side of their illustrious career, and isn't a band selling itself out.

    The album starts with the classic prologue to history, which i consider one of my favourite manic songs, "no one says a thing in the middle of england" beautiful piano, strong guitars, excellent upbeat drumming by sean and james's superb vocals!

    It continues with 4 ever delayed, which i think is brilliant and shows the manics can still play flowing, melodic rock songs. Well worthy of being a single in itself.

    Judge Yr'self is drenched in richey's lyrical genious. "heal yourself, Hurt yourself, judge yourself" and strong heavy guitars are reminisent of the time it was recorded (the holy bible days)

    The remaining songs on disk one are superb and its amazing how some of these songs weren't single's themselves, or at least on any of the albums! some amazing songs which any band would be proud to call their own!

    Other notable songs are donkeys, with a brilliant JDB guitar solo! Comfort comes very Holy Bible, and sepia. I am disapointed that patrick batemen failed to make the final album, because i consider that to be another one of my favourite manics tracks.

    The B-sides Cd is quality packed as well, the live versions of its so easy and whats my name, i consider to be better than their originals! We are all borgeouis now is a brilliant song in its own right, which i loved from Know your enemy, (sadly not heard the original though). Been a son is a classic version of the nirvana song! sadly no Pennyroyal tea cover which i think is just as good! Bright eyes is one of my favourite songs, and this is the first time i've heard the manics cover! Beautiful is the best word to describe it! and being sung live as it is really shows the stunning voice of James Dean Bradfield.

    Overall if this album is taken for what it really is - a gift to the fans, (shown by the fact the fans were able to pick the songs) and not a commercial cash in, it is a brilliant addition to any collection. Questions have been raised about current manic street preachers songs, and that they need to revert back to their holy bible days! I dispute this! every band needs to evolve! if the beatles hadn't evolved, they would have been very ordinary, boy band rockers (controversial)

    I admit the holy bible days were my favourite musically and lyrically, but i am appreciating the new manics stuff as well! if people listen to it and give it a chance they will understand that the manics are still and always will be one of the greatest bands in the world!

    Long live the manics, and Richey

    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    A Prologue to History

    This is a superb album, an excellent collection of b-sides which pretty much gives an good alternative history of Manic Street Preachers. There are some stunning tracks on the double album, the most notable for me being, Judge Yr'Self, Prologue To History and 4 Ever Delayed.

    During a recent web chat Nicky Wire said he thought that Richey's favourite track might have been Donkeys - it is a beautiful song, as is Sepia which was written by Nicky about the loss he felt after Richey disappeared. Makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up!

    If you haven't already bought it and you're a Manics fan I recommend you get it NOW!! Forever Delayed was their "official" greatest hits album but this one is equally worthwhile and infinitely more entertaining.

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