The second and final Japan-exclusive Lifeblood track brings a very different conclusion to the album compared with the UK release.
‘The Soulmates’ is one of two tracks which have taken on something of a mythic quality, having only ever been released on the Japanese edition of Lifeblood in October 2004.
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.