The Manic Street Preachers return with their 10th studio album later this month, in the form of the rather wistful sounding Postcards From A Young Man. Described by Nicky Wire as "one last shot at mass communication" and an attempt to "infiltrate the mainstream", it sounds like they are pitching this one quite explicitly to attract a wide audience.
The lead single (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love has certainly been getting a fair amount of radio airtime, so it seems they may achieve that audience. End of Love has a kind of old time rock'n'roll vibe that harks back to their Generation Terrosists material, but with a definite radio-friendly sheen to it as well.
Postcards From A Young Man was recorded in Cardiff with long-term Manics producer Dave Eringa, and includes guest appearances by Ian McCulloch (Echo & the Bunnymen), John Cale and ex-Guns 'n' Roses bassist Duff McKagan.
Keep your eyes peeled for Popsiculture's verdict nearer release.