"I'm Not The Overrated Bricklayer I Thought I Was" - Scottish Herald, 8th July 2006
Words and music by James Dean Bradfield. It's got a good ring to it. The Manic Street Preacher on releasing his first solo album and making the leap from artisan to artist
Ask James Dean Bradfield to say something into the tape recorder and instead he starts singing.
"It's not unusual to be loved by anyone," he croons for a few seconds in his best Tom Jones as we get to know each other in the basement of his record company's offices in west London. It's almost too perfect a signifier to Bradfield's day job (he's the singer in Manic Street Preachers, one-time punky outsiders, now elder statesmen of guitar rock) and to his nationality (like Jones, with whom he once duetted, Bradfield is Welsh, though that and an ability to hold a note are probably as much as the pair have in common. The Manics were, after all, always more Llandudno than Las Vegas, more combat boots and eyeliner than leather trousers). Both his singing and his Welshness are much on his mind today. (more...)