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Four singles were released from the album. " From Despair to Where" was the lead single. " La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)" was the second single from the album and it has been described by many as its highlight. The third single, " Roses in the Hospital", peaked at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart, the highest-charting single from the band's first three albums. [14] The fourth and final single, " Life Becoming a Landslide", charted at number 36, which would be the lowest charting single by the band until 2011's " Some Kind of Nothingness". [14] Following 2014's acclaimed Futurology, the stellar, anthemic 2018 album Resistance Is Futile reaffirmed the Manics' position as the UK's most resilient and enduring guitar band. As well as continuing to make brilliant new music, their ongoing series of reissues provides reminders of how they won that position in the first place. The latest album to receive the treatment is 1993's Gold Against The Soul. James was a slave to melody at the time. He was going through a Queen phase. I remember our manager at the time Philip Hall saying that he could imagine Freddie Mercury singing ‘La Tristesse Durera’. His voice is so powerful.” We also get an almost-complete selection of remixes from the period. Ashley Beedle provides two big beat-flavoured takes on 'Roses In The Hospital', while the same song gets twisted into Orb-style dub techno on the Filet O Gang and ECG remixes. These are all pretty standard fare aside from a slow, booming and chaotic remake of 'LA Tristesse Durera' by the Chemical Brothers. Doyle, Tom (June 1996). "Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go". Q. EMAP. p.116. Archived from the original on 21 April 2001 . Retrieved 23 August 2020.

Gold Against the Soul was released on 14 June 1993. It reached number 8 on the UK Albums Chart. The album has since gone Gold (100,000 copies) and spent more than 10 weeks in the Top 75. [14] Gold Against the Soul also charted within the Top 100 in Germany and within the Top 50 in Japan. Arundell, Jimi (11 June 2020). "Manic Street Preachers Reissue Gold Against The Soul & Finally Give Their Second Album the Respect It Deserves". FMS . Retrieved 23 August 2020. Stuart Bailie, writing for the NME, called 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". [18] In his review for Vox, Keith Cameron remarked that the album showed Manic Street Preachers "skating gingerly over that treacherous Difficult Second Album ice". [25] Q 's Peter Kane was more critical, calling the album "superficially competent, of course, but scratch below the surface and you'll find few signs of life, just a vaguely expressed, bemused and bored dissatisfaction". [20] In Spin, Simon Reynolds opined that the band "motor-mouth a fine manifesto, but haven't got a musical bone between them". [26] a b Jovanovic, Rob (2010). A Version of Reason: The Search for Richey Edwards. Hachette UK. ISBN 9781409111290.Despite the swagger of the Manic Street Preachers 1992 debut Generation Terrorists and singles like ‘You Love Us’ and ‘Slash and Burn’, I only really switched on to the band with the brilliant ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ near the end of that campaign. I was therefore keenly anticipating the follow-up and didn’t have to wait very long as the Dave Eringa-produced Gold Against The Soul arrived about 18 months after the first album and delivered three great singles in ‘From Despair To Where’, ‘La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)’ and ‘Roses in the Hospital’ (as well as the ‘Life Becoming A Landslide’ EP). Clarke, Allison (25 April 2016). "Manic Street Preachers: Anything but Everything Must Go". LouderSound . Retrieved 19 May 2020. Selected items are only available for delivery via the Royal Mail 48® service and other items are available for delivery using this service for a charge. s ’10 Year Collector’s Edition’ of Send Away The Tigers abandoned the box format and was actually consistent with the deluxe editions of the new albums and then in 2018 the This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours 20th anniversary collector’s edition was different yet again. This time not a 12-inch box, not a DVD-sized hardcover book deluxe set, but an 8.5” square book which looks like nothing else they’ve put out.

Surely the reissue of Gold Against The Soul will be consistent with something, if only by accident!? Well, no actually. Yes, it is a hardcover book, but it’s A4-sized and can’t sit properly alongside the 12-inch boxes (they’re too big) or the smaller deluxe sets (they’re too small). Nothing is ‘just right’ so Gold Against The Soul is like an outcast having to sit on its own. Maybe that was the idea – we know they don’t really like it!a b c "Manic Street Preachers". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011 . Retrieved 21 August 2012. Offiziellecharts.de – Manic Street Preachers – Gold Against the Soul" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 3 July 2020. a b Kane, Peter (August 1993). "Manic Street Preachers: Gold Against the Soul". Q. No.83. p.89. Archived from the original on 11 March 2002 . Retrieved 4 January 2013.

Gilbert, Pat (August 2020). "Manic Street Preachers: Gold Against the Soul – Deluxe Edition". Mojo. No.321. p.102. The B-sides are appended to the album on CD 1, whilst CD 2 offers the usual array of demos which are always interesting and impressively well developed. For some reason, the demos are labelled as ‘remastered’ which makes no sense, since these are previously unreleased. The reissue ends with more remixes of ‘Roses in the Hospital’ then anyone really needs but omits the seven-inch version of that same single. The Chemical Brothers’ remix of ‘La Tristesse Durera’ is pretty good though. He continued: “We also had some amazing mixes by The Chemical Brothers when they were still called The Dust Brothers. Their mix of ‘La Tristessa’ actually became a club hit. How mad does that sound? That all came from James regularly going to The Social where they would DJ. There were a lot of happy accidents at this point.” Stokes, Paul (12 May 2011). "Album A&E – Manic Street Preachers, 'Gold Against The Soul' ". NME . Retrieved 31 December 2014.Reynolds, Simon (October 1993). Marks, Craig (ed.). "Manic Street Preachers: Gold Against the Soul". Spin. Vol.9, no.7. p.104 . Retrieved 3 July 2020. a b Price, Simon (24 October 2004). "Manic Street Preachers: Sublime and ridiculous". The Telegraph . Retrieved 1 November 2020.

Sadly, Wire also told NME that there wouldn’t be an extensive tour to hear the album played in full as they did with past anniversaries for ‘The Holy Bible’, ‘Everything Must Go’ and ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ — but the band do have some treats in store for fans this summer. Since the deluxe reissue is only a two-CD set (expanded album on CD 1 and demos and remixes on CD 2) they really should have made it consistent with the new album deluxe sets and the Send Away The Tigers reissue. I hate to be cynical, but surely the only reason not to do that is because it denies you the opportunity to artificially inflate the price by literally making it bigger – although I’m sure the band will claim otherwise, saying they wanted a bigger format to show off Mitch Ikeda’s photos. Scott, Ben P (11 June 2020). "ALBUM REVIEW: Manic Street Preachers – Gold Against The Soul (Deluxe Reissue)". XSNoise . Retrieved 16 June 2020.

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Gold Against the Soul Deluxe Re-Issue". Manic Street Preachers. 11 March 2020 . Retrieved 27 June 2020. Lindsay, Cam (24 May 2016). "An Essential Guide to Manic Street Preachers". Exclaim! . Retrieved 23 August 2020. We’ve been learning the songs over the last few weeks and we might play some of them at festivals,” Wire told NME. “There won’t be a full ‘Gold Against The Soul’ tour. To be honest, James has got a solo record coming out so it’ll just be some summer shows for us and we’ll try to get a Manics record out for sometime next summer.” La Tristesse Durera" (literally "the sadness will go on") is the title of a biography of Vincent van Gogh, although the song is not about him but about a war veteran. [6] Style and influences [ edit ] Simon Price of The Telegraph opined that the lyrics on Gold Against the Soul "switched from the political [of Generation Terrorists] to the personal". [5] The lyrical content is considerably less political than their previous album Generation Terrorists, and the album is more reflective of the despair and melancholy of their later work. [3]

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