Label: Columbia - COL 475524-2 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Belgium • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock, Grunge, Indie Rock
It was released on 21 June by record label Columbia. The lyrics on Gold Against the Soul are considerably less political than their previous album Generation Terroristsand the album is more reflective of the despair and melancholy of their later work. The album presents a different sound from their debut album, not only in terms of lyrics but in sound, the band privileged long guitar riffs, and the drums themselves feel more present and loud in the final mix of the album.
This sound would be abandoned in their next album. The band also stated that the choice to work with Dave Eringa again was important for this album: "We finished work in November and then just went straight into a demo studio and we came out about four weeks later with the album all finished. We were all happy with all the La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Sigh) - Various - Grunge Rock , we knew what they wanted to sound like, so we didn't want to use a mainstream producer because they've got their own sound and vision of what a record should be like.
So we just phoned Dave up and said 'Look, come down, let's see how this works out', and everyone loved what we were doing, so we decided to stay with him.
When asked to look back on the album, the band themselves have described Gold Against the Soul as their least favourite album and the period surrounding the album as being the most unfocused of their career. The band's vocalist and guitarist James Dean Bradfield has said "All we wanted to do was go under the corporate wing. We thought we could ignore it but you do get affected.
Gold Against the Soul was released on 14 June It reached number 8 in the UK Albums Chart. The album has since gone Goldcopies and spent more than 10 weeks in the Top Four singles were released from the album, Roses in the Hospital was the third and peaked on number 15 in the UK Singles Chartthe highest charting single by the band on their first three albums. La Tristesse Durera Scream to a Sigh was the second single from the album and it has been described by many as its highlight.
From Despair to Where was the lead single, and the last single, Life Becoming a Landslidecharted in number 36, which would be the lowest charting single by the band until 's Some Kind of Nothingness. Stuart Bailie, writing for the NMEcalled the album "confusing" and "too much Slash and not enough burn", but did compliment its musicality, saying "the drums and guitars rumble higher in the mix, and massive, harmonising riffs are everywhere".
In his retrospective review, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic described it as a "flawed but intriguing second album". The album has many flaws — it's rushed; it's formulaic in parts; the music was sometimes compromised in the search for a hit, but behind these flaws lies a solid rock 'n' roll album with a deeper, more profound edge than most any other rock album you'll hear.
Both the NME and Q have since revised their opinions of the album in some later articles, with the former's Paul Stokes opining that its short, "snappy, driven and focused" length contrasts with other albums' "indulgently lengthy tracklistings", and suggesting that "with its big, radio-friendly Dave Eringa production, it's easy to see why Gold Against the Soul caused such a stir compared to Maybe My Luck Has Changed - John Barry - King Kong (Original Sound Track) wild, almost feral rock of Generation Terrorists that preceded it a year earlier.
La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Sigh) - Various - Grunge Rock , with the band's more beefed up, arena-friendly sound emerging in subsequent years, this album is no longer so at odds with the general Manics aesthetic. He highlighted the "confused-nihilist persona Τραγουδώ Κι Ας Πονάω - Θέμης Αδαμαντίδης - Αγάπησέ Με and fucked up to the point of collapse, while the riffs just keep on playing.
NME later stated about the album that "'Gold Against The Soul' may not be Manic Street Preachers' finest hour - while I like this album I'll leave it to the real fans to decide what that is - but as an adrenalin-pumping rock album La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Sigh) - Various - Grunge Rock also gives you plenty to think about, it is neither weak, confused nor a black sheep.
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