Manic Street Preachers, ‘Send Away the Tigers’ (Red Ink)
Treated like deities in the U.K. but ignored Stateside (guitarist Richey Edwards’ tragic disappearance before a 1995 U.S. tour was a devastating setback), Manic Street Preachers have spent a career combining meaty protest rants and slick stadium hooks. Send Away the Tigers emphasizes the latter, with audacious, rosy-cheeked paeans to tomorrow (“Indian Summer,” “Rendition”); even the love song that references Lee Harvey Oswald (“I’m Just a Patsy”) sounds hopeful. And for the record, their cover of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” totally schools Green Day’s.
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