MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Your Love Alone Is Not Enough (2x CD & 7″ Singles)

Columbia 88697075602/88697075612/88697075602: 30th April 2007
1. Your Love Alone Is Not Enough (With Nina Persson)
“Trade all your heroes in for ghosts, in for ghosts, in for ghosts, they’re always the ones that love you most, love you most, love you most”
2. Boxes & Lists
“Boxes and lists, shifted under beds, twisted in my head, like a Nazi war film”
3. Love Letter To The Future
“It always seems to start like this, measuring our life in coffee stains, moving forward, stuck on trains, revisiting another day’s pain”
4. Welcome To The Dead Zone
“So welcome to the dead zone, it’s a circus full of whores, get your body bought and sold, blinded by the glitter and the gold”
5. Little Girl Lost
“Oh put the colour back in your eyes, and put the feeling back in your tired eyes, you’ve been avoiding the truth, but you’ll make your way back soon enough”
6. Fearless Punk Ballad
“At 21 I thought this song was over, at 29 my eyes closed tight and suffered, recurring dreams still unrelenting, the world turned west, we found redemption”

‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’ isn’t anything like as fiery as the last limited-edition single ‘Underdogs’ but it is very, very catchy. The repetition of the end of every line sticks right in your head “When times get tuff, oh they get tuff, they get tuff, they get tuff”. The Manics are aided by Nina Persson from The Cardigans on vocals, bringing to mind early single ‘Little Baby Nothing’ which featured Traci Lords. ‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’ finds the Manics at their Pop best and it really grew and grew on me. At first I was unsure, but after ten or more listens I was singing along with Nina at the end and playing air Drums with Sean.

The included B-sides give you both quality and quantity. ‘Boxes & Lists’ is a big rifftastic rocker in that great “James wishes he was Slash” way and ‘Love Letter To The Future’ sounds like a brilliant outtake from ‘Gold Against The Soul’. ‘Welcome To The Dead Zone’ and ‘Little Girl Lost’ are more like something from ‘Everything Must Go’. Last but not least is ‘Fearless Punk Ballad’, with James’ angelic vocal bringing to mind Rufus Wainwright and the music slowly building to anthemic proportions. It’s the best of the b-sides and probably better than the A-side too.

Click here to Pre-order the new ‘Send Away The Tigers’ album from HMV for only £8.99.

Click here to watch MSP recording a semi-acoustic session for 6Music. Click here to download an audio Zip of the session (Including chat) or you can just download the three songs they played below:

I’m Just A Patsy (6 Music Session) mp3
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (6 Music Session) mp3
Your Love Alone Is Not Enough (6 Music Session) mp3

Click here to download my careful transcription of the lyrics for all six tracks.

Click here to watch the video for ‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’ on YouTube.

Since most people don’t have a turntable here’s an mp3 of the vinyl-only B-side (Also ‘Underdogs’ is available free from Last.FM):

Fearless Punk Ballad mp3
Underdogs mp3

Manic Street Preachers Website / Manic Street Preachers MySpace
The Cardigans Website / The Cardigans MySpace


11 Comments to “MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Your Love Alone Is Not Enough (2x CD & 7″ Singles)”

  1. Not having a turntable, it is rather difficult to hear the ‘Fearless Punk Ballad’ (it being on the 7″ single and all). I don’t suppose there’s a rip floating about? I have bought the blasted thing after all.

    Plus, ‘Underdogs’ was – and still is – a free download from the website. And Last.FM nowadays.

    Plus, the last time they had any decent b-sides, was the singles from KYE.

  2. Re Species 8472. There ya go, I’ve added a link to download ‘Fearless Punk Ballad’. Enjoy!


  3. I thank you (and ‘Peel’ 😉

  4. does anyone have an mp3 of the song “the instrumental”

    it’s the only thing i’m missing



  5. Re Larry. What release is ‘The Instrumental’ supposed to be on?


  6. “The Instrumental” was on an album called “Still Unravished – A Tribute to The June Brides”. I had a lo-fi mp3 of it but dunno if i still have it. Pretty good song.

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  8. I’ve uploaded it here:

    If you’re not a member, or it simply doesn’t work, I’ll send it to you if you give me your e-mail address

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