The Manics returned with the first album of the new millennium, 2001’s Know Your Enemy. Once mooted as a double album, it combines an attempt to produce both back-to-basics rock and radical experimentation.
Proving to be an enormous commercial success and a big winner at the 1999 Brit Awards, This Is My Truth has still gone on to be seriously under-respected due to the dominance of mid-paced – but actually wonderful – songs.
Having eventually decided to continue on without Richey Edwards, the Manics reinvented themselves to an extent with Everything Must Go, an album which more than delivered on its grand commercial and artistic ambitions.
The most acclaimed album in Manic Street Preachers history is also one of the most gruelling, exhausting, harrowing, powerful and ultimately life-affirming records ever made.
Recorded at Outside Studios in Oxfordshire, Gold Against the Soul saw the Manics enter the traditional working schedule of a rock band for the first time. At just ten songs, it was comparatively modest and focused effort which paved the way for their subsequent career.