Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Manic Street Preachers - Journal for Plague Lovers (2009)


Manic Street Preachers - Journal for Plague Lovers (2009)


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Manic Street Preachers - Journal for Plague Lovers

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1. "Peeled Apples"   3:33

2. "Jackie Collins Existential Question Time"   2:24

3. "Me and Stephen Hawking"   2:46

4. "This Joke Sport Severed"   3:04

5. "Journal for Plague Lovers"   3:45

6. "She Bathed Herself in a Bath of Bleach"   2:18

7. "Facing Page: Top Left"   2:40

8. "Marlon J.D."   2:50

9. "Doors Closing Slowly"   2:52

10. "All Is Vanity"   3:35

11. "Pretension/Repulsion"   2:05

12. "Virginia State Epileptic Colony"   3:25

13. "William's Last Words" (featuring the hidden track "Bag Lady")   10:48





Manic Street Preachers Band Members / Musicians

James Dean Bradfield – lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar

Sean Moore – drums, percussion

Nicky Wire – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "William's Last Words", piano on "Virginia State Epileptic Colony"

Andy Walters – string arrangement, strings

Katherine Thomas – harp

Joanna Parkhurst – strings

Bernard Kane – strings

Nathan Stone – strings


Steve Albini – recording (tracks 1–3, 6, 7, 9–11 and 13), mixing ("William's Last Words")

Dave Eringa – mixing (all tracks except "William's Last Words"), recording (tracks 4, 5 and 8), production (tracks 2, 4, 5, 8 and 12)

Loz Williams – recording (tracks 1, 5, 6 and 11–13), recording and engineering of original demos

Steve Davis – recording ("Marlon J.D.")

Greg Norman – engineering

Ben Cunningham – engineering assistance

Jenny Saville – front cover artwork

Steve Stacey – sleeve design

Mitch Ikeda – sleeve photography





Journal for Plague Lovers is the 9th studio album by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers, released on 18 May 2009 by record label Columbia. Recorded between October 2008 and February 2009 and produced by Steve Albini and Dave Eringa, it features exclusively posthumously published lyrics by Richey Edwards, who disappeared on 1 February 1995 and was presumed deceased in 2008. It is the only Manic Street Preachers album in which the lyrics for every song were written solely by Edwards.

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