‘This Is My Truth’ closes with a final track that has built up a poor reputation over the years, and it’s easy to see why – experimental, bleak, and with almost literally nothing to say, ‘S.Y.M.M.’ is a curiosity, but hardly enjoyable.
Directly concerned with the disappearance of Richey Edwards like few Manics songs, ‘Nobody Loved You’ is louder than any track on its album and was released as a single only in Japan.
The loose “song cycle” of excellent songs on Truth’s second half seems to have a theme of depression, and ‘Black Dog’ makes that more explicit than almost any other track – but as a song, it’s anything but depressing.
Quite possibly the most accomplished song on This Is My Truth, ‘Be Natural’ is also another one of the several album tracks which just hasn’t ever been given the recognition it deserves.
It would seem that no song has ever challenged James Dean Bradfield as much as the wonderful ‘Born a Girl’, which has him sing a lyric that challenges his status as the band’s most unambiguously masculine member.