I wonder how many groups I skipped over because of their name. Manic Street Preachers was one of them. I have seen their albums in shops back in the 90s, but I never listened to one of them. I have never seen or heard of their third album The Holy Bible.
Trivia: Lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards was struggling with severe depression, alcohol abuse, self-harm and anorexia nervosa during the recording of the album and he completely disappeared after it was released. He was declared dead in 2008.
I like “Yes“, “Mausoleum”, “This Is Yesterday“, “Archives of Pain”, and “4st 7lb”, but if I never heard them I would not be missing anything. I am not always fond of James Dean Bradfield vocals.
Overall, I might have liked this album if I had heard it in 1994, but today it feels lost in the pool of other bands who played alternative rock or similar. 5.6/10.