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View Poll Results: How do you feel about Journal For Plague Lovers now?
I still love it as much as I did originally 53 51.96%
It's grown even better with each new listen 43 42.16%
It hasn't held up to repeat listens 4 3.92%
Sorry, but I still don't get anything out of it 2 1.96%
I still haven't heard JFPL 0 0%
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Old 28-04-2017, 11:13
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I still don't like the fact the band butchered it lyrically - way too much repetition on the verses and choruses. It would have made more of an impact if they had the balls to work all of the remaining lyrics into each song. Musically, it's fine but it's not taxing to play.
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Old 20-05-2017, 07:58
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Wonder why this got bumped?

Anyway. Overall it's a great album, the only thing I really disliked in hindsight is that William's Last Words got turned into something that it's not. The music media at the time effectively seeing it as Richey's suicide note, which when you look at the unedited lyrics, it doesn't seem to be at all.
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Old 20-05-2017, 16:09
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Probably their best 'modern era' album... although it's the best part of 10 years old
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Probably their best 'modern era' album... although it's the best part of 10 years old
Where on earth does the time go?!
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Where on earth does the time go?!
I know. It doesn't feel like the same gap between 97 and 2007!
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Old 20-05-2017, 19:02
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Wonder why this got bumped?

Anyway. Overall it's a great album, the only thing I really disliked in hindsight is that William's Last Words got turned into something that it's not. The music media at the time effectively seeing it as Richey's suicide note, which when you look at the unedited lyrics, it doesn't seem to be at all.
I hated this once but i've made my peace with it i think. They've always formed some sort of narrative from the screed of words written, look at how repetitive design for life turned out from the original set of double lyrics.
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Old 21-05-2017, 08:21
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I hated this once but i've made my peace with it i think. They've always formed some sort of narrative from the screed of words written, look at how repetitive design for life turned out from the original set of double lyrics.
Yeah totally, have we ever seen the original Holy Bible lyrics? It would be interesting to see how their editing process has changed over the years.
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Old 22-05-2017, 08:27
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A wonderful piece of art. But it's not an album I return to to actually listen to it very often.
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Old 22-05-2017, 12:06
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Cracked of an album, shame they dropped it like a hot rock. Must've been stewing for ages whether to use Richey's leftover lyrics or not and wondering whether he'd have liked what they did with em, and whether the fans would. Totally understandable why they'd want to avoid lyrics from the period, hats off to em for doing the Holy Bible tours. Must be awkward enough for any band when the fans want them to focus on a certain period of their career. Weird to think that Wayne Murray's been touring with em longer than Richey was and how, while Richey has only been directly involved in just over 1/3 of their material, and only about 1/5 of their time as a band, well, old songs leave long shadows.
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Old 31-05-2017, 23:33
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It is a great album, which in my opinion could only be improved by replacing the title track with Bag Lady and having William's Last Words as the hidden track, making it a 12 track album. Definitely in my top 5 Manics albums though.

Seem to recall James saying something about them not being particularly fond of it and found the whole process tough going. Understandable really.
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Old 01-06-2017, 15:22
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Still my second favourite Manics album.
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Old 02-06-2017, 10:45
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And just a point to make - this was a magical time to be a Manics fan. Something that maybe wasn't appreciated at the time. It was a serious project between what we can now see was the bluster and superficiality and cynicism of SATT and PFAYM.
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Old 02-06-2017, 17:02
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Their first/only decent album cover design too
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Old 02-06-2017, 17:52
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I still listen to it frequently - the remixes of it just as much, too.

Some of the remixes (Jonathan Krisp/Bag Lady, Errors/All Is Vanity, but also the Underworld remix of William's Last Words that made it onto the Welsh Rock For Refugees compilation) are as good as or even better than the originals.

Otherwise my criticism of JFPL (original) is the standard: butchered lyrics, for the most part. Musically I don't find it as simple as it may technically be.
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And just a point to make - this was a magical time to be a Manics fan. Something that maybe wasn't appreciated at the time. It was a serious project between what we can now see was the bluster and superficiality and cynicism of SATT and PFAYM.
I think the irony here is that, for all the Postcards talk of 'mass communication', JFPL got much more media attention, acclaim and connected in a much more mainstream way.
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