Sound — 8
So after a three year break, the Welsh rockers are back with a sound style that slightly differs from their usual style. They borrow a keyboardist for this album, and it brings a cooler effect to the rock music in which they usualy play. It's a change, but not a bad one by all means. The Album starts off with a bang in '1985' which is a really cool, well executed rock song. The next song 'The Love Of Richard Nixon' is also a fantastic rock song with great lyrics and an upbeat tune to it. It also enterd as number 4 in the British charts, and builds up a positive start to this album. 'Empty Souls' of course a smash number 2 hit here in the UK and arguably the best song on the album. The stand out song must be 'Cardiff Afterlife' right at the end of the 12 track album. The sounds is produced well on 'Lifeblood' with a new and different sounding form their old rock songs.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are based on issues which the Manics feel strongly about like in all their other albums. Some songs have rather complex lyrics such as in 1985 they say "somebodys dead like Neitzsche said", point? However lyrics are played rather clever. In Empty Souls "collapsing like the twin towers" and "the love of Richard Nixon death without assasination", very clever! Overall though, the lyrics are played very well and always relate to the songs very well. Obviously Nicky has though about what he's doing with the lyrics and they are of a much better outcome to those sung in the Manics' last outfit 'Know Your Enemy'.
Overall Impression — 8
I think 'Lifeblood' is a unique album in its own right. The sound is still Manics with something new and the lyrics combine well with the sound to produce new faces on James, Nicky, and Sean. The keyboard brings new life into them and and is a positive change by all means. The most impressive songs are '1985', 'The Love Of Richard Nixon', 'Empty Souls', and the best song last but not least 'Cardiff Afterlife'. Things I love about it are the new Keyboard, Lyrics and Singing. James' vocals are yet again crisp and clear with excellent power and flair in. The only thing I have against it is it's too short. A great album in my eyes must be 50 minutes+. This is a bare maximum of only 45 minutes. I feel they could have put one or two more songs on there as 12 tracks were just not enough. Also there are one or two weaklings in there such as 'I live To Fall Asleep' and 'Fragments'. Ovrall though it is a good top, top album and one which a Manics or brit rock fan will enjoy all the more!