My iPod #403: Manic Street Preachers – Further Away

Well. Here’s the final song from the “F” section. It’s been a while. It should have come yesterday, but university work took over. Hope you understand.

And to cap it all off is “Further Away”, the penultimate track from Manic Street Preachers’ stellar album “Everything Must Go”. Understandably, the band had a horrible time (to put it lightly) after guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards’ disappearance in Febrary 1995. But only a year and a bit later, despite everything they’d gone through, the three remaining members pulled off one of the greatest comeback albums. That was “Everything Must Go”. And it all just went on from there.

“Further Away” is great. Very underrated, though some may say it’s one of the weakest on the album. I disagree. I think it’s as strong as any other song on there. I do actually prefer it to “A Design for Life”. Yeah. That’s right.

Why? Because I feel so emotional listening to it. The track was written Nicky Wire when the band were on tour and he was having a bout of homesickness, and who better to sing his lyrics and write the music than James Dean Bradfield? Honestly, his vocals just tower over everything. Over what are pretty simple chord changes throughout is a voice so powerful, but intricate and melodic at the same time. Staying restrained for the most part in the verses Bradfield then proceeds lets it all out in the chorus leaping from one syllable “FUURRRR-“, and the next “THER”. Just glorious in every way. Majestic. Everything about the track is wonderful, I can’t express it enough.

I also own the 10 year anniversary remastered version, so everything sounds just a tad clearer and sharper. Sounds like you are right next to the amplifiers there and then in the studio. Good to experience at high volumes.

And there it is. Another letter done. It’s been fun. What a great way to end it too, but that’s just me. You may not like the song.

Be back soon.

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Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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