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Album: Forever Delayed
# Song Title   Time
1)    A Design for Life More Info... 0:04
2)    Motorcycle Emptiness More Info... 0:05
3)    If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next More Info... 0:05
4)    La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh) More Info... 0:04
5)    There By the Grace of God More Info... 0:03
6)    You Love Us More Info... 0:03
7)    Australia More Info... 0:03
8)    You Stole the Sun from My Heart More Info... 0:04
9)    Kevin Carter More Info... 0:03
10)    Tsunami More Info... 0:03
11)    The Masses Against the Classes More Info... 0:03
12)    From Despair to Where More Info... 0:03
13)    Door To The River More Info... 0:04
14)    Everything Must Go More Info... 0:03
15)    Faster More Info... 0:04
16)    Little Baby Nothing More Info... 0:04
17)    Suicide Is Painless (Theme From MASH) More Info... 0:03
18)    So Why So Sad More Info... 0:03
19)    The Everlasting More Info... 0:04
20)    Motown Junk More Info... 0:04
 
Album: Forever Delayed
# Song Title   Time
1)    A Design for Life More Info... 0:04
2)    Motorcycle Emptiness More Info... 0:05
3)    If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next More Info... 0:05
4)    La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh) More Info... 0:04
5)    There By the Grace of God More Info... 0:03
6)    You Love Us More Info... 0:03
7)    Australia More Info... 0:03
8)    You Stole the Sun from My Heart More Info... 0:04
9)    Kevin Carter More Info... 0:03
10)    Tsunami More Info... 0:03
11)    The Masses Against the Classes More Info... 0:03
12)    From Despair to Where More Info... 0:03
13)    Door To The River More Info... 0:04
14)    Everything Must Go More Info... 0:03
15)    Faster More Info... 0:04
16)    Little Baby Nothing More Info... 0:04
17)    Suicide Is Painless (Theme From MASH) More Info... 0:03
18)    So Why So Sad More Info... 0:03
19)    The Everlasting More Info... 0:04
20)    Motown Junk More Info... 0:04
 
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Tracks

1. A Design For Life

2. Motorcycle Emptiness

3. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

4. LA Tristesse Durera ( Scream To A Sigh)

5. There By The Grace Of God

6. You Love Us

7. Australia

8. You Stole The Sun From My Heart

9. Kevin Carter

10. Tsunami

11. The Masses Against The Classes

12. From Despair To Where

13. Door To The River

14. Everything Must Go

15. Faster

16. Little Baby Nothing

17. Suicide Is Painless (Theme From Mash)

18. So Why So Sad

19. The Everlasting

20. Motown Junk

Performer Notes
  • Initial pressings of FOREVER DELAYED are packaged with a bonus CD of Manic Street Preachers remixes by Chemical Brothers, David Holmes, Cornelius, Avalanches, Massive Attack, Jon Carter, Stereolab, Ian Brown, Stealthsonic Orchestra and Mogwai.
  • Manic Street Preachers: Nicky Wire (vocals, acoustic guitar, bass); James Dean Bradfield (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Sean Moore (trumpet, drums, programming); Nick Naysmith (keyboards, background vocals); Jagz Kooner (programming).
  • Manic Street Preachers have always been a band of very specific charms, something that has not translated outside of the U.K. particularly well. Although it boasts a generous 20 tracks, the 2002 compilation Forever Delayed isn't likely to change that situation, even if it has the lion's share of their big singles, since a band devoted to sloganeering doesn't play outside of their province, or era, without some knowledge of their context. Plus, it's bewilderingly sequenced -- not chronologically, not as a set list, not with the hits loaded toward the front but as if you had all six albums on shuffle play on your CD carousel -- this disc careens between its 20 songs, occasionally gaining momentum through its juxtapositions (the opening one-two punch of "A Design for Life" and "Motorcycle Emptiness" captures the essence of the two phases of the band) but more often illustrating the extreme difference in the band during the Richey James Edwards and post-Richey eras. And though they certainly don't avoid Richey -- his face is on the cover, he provides the subtext of the band's entire career -- they do submerge the unsettling The Holy Bible, a record as nakedly honest and disturbing as In Utero, by just including one song, "Faster," from what is surely their best album. True, its music is too dark to sit comfortably next to the later hits, but without it, Forever Delayed is missing the pivotal point in the Manics' career, especially since Richey was at the heart of their music and worldview, even after his disappearance in 1995. His descent into despair is necessary to understanding the band, and it's what fuels their two great albums: the harrowing The Holy Bible and the triumph of Everything Must Go. Though Forever Delayed contains many excellent songs not on either, the context is so jumbled the music is somewhat diluted and novices would be better to hear either of those albums first. [Initial pressings of Forever Delayed contained a bonus disc containing new remixes of classic Manics songs, none particularly interesting. It would have been much better to offer a second disc of non-LP B-sides and rarities, since there many out there waiting to be collected.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/23/03, p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Their music evolved from...punk attack to soaring ballads with oblique lyrics, more often about politics than love....These twenty tracks areas consistent as the British rain."
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