Jonathan: Manic Street Preachers – Journal for Plague Lovers . Muscially, lyrically (above all lyrically!) and even stylistically referenced back to The Holy Bible . Suggests lack of confidence, leaning on a crutch of past success? Maybe. Is it just The Holy Bible Vol 2? Definitely not! The selection (and presumably some degree of adaptation) of Richie’s lyrics, retains the artistic anger of the 1994 MSP line-up, yet without seeming anachronistic. The music throbs with the same raw energy of the early MSP albums, yet also has has the sophistication and subtelty of musical maturity. Much the same can be said of the overall CD product, the combination of music, lyrics, album art, booklet design etc. MSP have invited comparison with THB, but if anything I’d say that what we have here is a New Testament to THB as the Old. Whatever, the real question is, Is it any good? Answer: Wait till everyone is out, turn up the volume, and listen for yourself!