Sony Music UK
Release date
20 Oct 2004
Running length
13 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 1985 4:07 25,706
2 The Love of Richard Nixon 3:38 43,497
3 Empty Souls 4:08 38,444
4 A Song For Departure 4:17 22,904
5 I Live to Fall Asleep 3:56 23,911
6 To Repel Ghosts 3:56 22,749
7 Emily 3:32 19,898
8 Glasnost 3:11 20,035
8 Always Never 3:42 4,994
9 Always / Never 3:39 1,178
10 Solitude Sometimes Is 3:19 19,832
11 Fragments 4:00 18,317
12 Cardiff Afterlife 3:26 19,255

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  • mr_sadness

    I love this album! ♥

    19 May 6:16pm Reply
  • KungFuHamster__

    I love this album, reviews mean little, just love what you love...

    24 Feb 8:07pm Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Well I recall this getting a bit of a pasting in some reviews...

    11 Jan 3:21pm Reply
  • digitaria

    took me years to understand the incredible beauty of this album. absolutely perfect.

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    It's more incredibly unpopular, rather than "underrated"; however, I must say that I've always been quite a fan of it: 1985, Cardiff Afterlife, To Repel Ghosts and Empty Souls are all superb.

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bander_az

    The most underrated album they have made [3]

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Lifeblood is similar to Know Your Enemy in that it oozes a sombre, rueful and at times somnolent sort of atmosphere. Both albums also contain a set of songs that are primarily similar to one another. The difference is that Lifeblood has direction musically and no real question marks, i.e. Miss Europa Disco Dancer. Their second best '00s effort after JFPL in my opinion.

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Angerwave

    The most underrated album they have made [2] / This and "Truth" are my favourite Manics albums [2]

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ThisCharmingBoy

    Umm...a polarizing album?

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • tcbp

    I love this album, and I'm proud of it.

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • mixplusik

    This and "Truth" are my favourite Manics albums.

    5 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Nachiro

    Perfect album.

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • HushSettleDown

    i'm sorry, so sorry. i gave this one a chance many many times but it is by far the worst. thank god they didn't progress in the direction this was going.

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • GlobeOfMoon


    20 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Coivisto

    The most underrated album they have made. That doesn't make it the best though.

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • brunogramacho

    I listened yesterday for the first time and I found this one KIND OF boring. They are not so inspired.

    16 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Faith_35


    26 May 2011 Reply
  • bernadette-90

    This is my favourite by them, I can't understand why people would think it's their worst. It hang so well together as a whole, which many of their albums don't. It is a little different, but to me that's what's so great about it. this album deserves more love :)

    16 May 2011 Reply
  • borgy

    Love it. Totally underrated, it's a grower. When i first got it after hearing 'The Holy Bible' , 'Generation Terrorists' etc. I wasn't expecting this. Soothing introspection.

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • Skog-1

    I love every single song on this album.

    10 Mar 2011 Reply
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