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Postcards From A Young Man

Manic Street Preachers

Postcards From A Young Man

LabelColumbia
VertriebSony Music
VÖ-Datum17.9.2010

Wer sich wenig mit den Manic Street Preachers beschäftigt hat, wird sich vielleicht wundern, warum die Waliser kaum ein Jahr nach Journal For Plague Lovers schon das Nachfolgealbum, Postcards From A Young Man, in den Startlöchern haben. Dabei ist die Antwort ziemlich einfach: Journal For Plague Lovers, das von vielen als eines der besten Manic Street Preachers Alben angesehen wird, stammte komplett aus der Feder von Richey Edwards, dem 1995 verschwundenen Gitarristen der Band. Postcards From A Young Man, das insgesamt 10. Album der Band, ist also eher als Nachfolger zum drei Jahre alten Send Away The Tigers anzusehen und wurde wieder von Sänger James Dean Bradfield und Gitarrist Nicky Wire geschrieben.

Laut Bandaussage war der Ansatz dieses Mal, ein Album zu schreiben, das Radiohits enthält. Die erste Single, (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love zeigt dabei direkt, was man sich darunter vorstellt, indem man für den Streicher-Part mehr oder weniger heimlich bei der Popgruppe Steps und deren Song Stomp klaut. Die Geigen werden auch für den Titeltrack nicht eingepackt, Postcards From A Young Man will ganz klar ein pompöses Album sein. Die Rechnung mit dem Radio-Airplay könnte also aufgehen, denn solche Songs bleiben schnell im Kopf und passen gleichzeitig in nahezu jedes Hitradioprogramm.

Fans müssen jetzt aber nicht angewidert aufhören zu lesen und die Manic Street Preachers abschreiben. Denn natürlich klingt auch Postcards From A Young Man spätestens nach dem zweiten Takt vertraut. Die Selbstreferenzen sind in nahezu jedem Song zu hören. So werden selbst Freunde des eher schwerfälligen und etwas langatmigen Know Your Enemy auf ihre Kosten kommen und die Band wiedererkennen, die sie einst zu schätzen gelernt haben. Vielleicht mit etwas mehr Pop-Appeal. Textlich ist den Manics ohnehin seit je her wenig vorzuwerfen.

Kritiker der Band werden wiederum genau dort ansetzen. Denn im Gegensatz zu seinem direkten Vorgänger wirkt das Album wie ein poppiger Gegenentwurf. Jeder, dem Journal For Plague Lovers zu anstrengend, kopflastig und melodielos war, wird auf Postcards From A Young Man in den Arm genommen und regelrecht vor die wiedererkennbaren Melodien geschoben. Insgesamt macht aber gerade dies das Album auch interessant und hörenswert. Denn eins kann man sagen: in einer solchen Konsequenz haben die Manic Street Preachers selten Ohrwürmer geschrieben.

Tracklist:
  1. (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love
  2. Postcards From A Young Man
  3. Some Kind Of Nothingness
  4. The Descent - (Pages 1 & 2)
  5. Hazelton Avenue
  6. Auto-Intoxication
  7. Golden Platitudes
  8. I Think I Found It
  9. A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun
  10. All We Make Is Entertainment
  11. The Future Has Been Here 4 Ever
  12. Don't Be Evil
Highlights:

(It's Not War) Just The End Of Love, Auto-Intoxication, All We Make Is Entertainment

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