Lifeblood ends with a typically understated, mature and subtle song in the form of closer ‘Cardiff Afterlife’, which again appears to channel Richey Edwards.
As Lifeblood begins to draw to a close, the Manics offer ‘Fragments’, a song which seems to sum up some of the themes from the album’s preceding tracks.
Recalling both ‘Yes’ and ‘I Live to Fall Asleep’, this Lifeblood album track represents a slow-burning tribute to the concept of solitude.
‘Always/Never’ alternates between unsettled and more positive sections, and in its title and technique recall songs both long-distant and recent within the discography.
The Manics briefly confront – in their inimitable style – the concepts of falling in love and of opening up.