The Holy Bible

Label
Epic
Release date
29 Aug 1994
Running length
17 tracks
Running time
71:57

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Yes 5:01 59,739
2 Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart 3:39 48,285
3 Of Walking Abortion 4:00 47,617
4 She Is Suffering 4:43 56,590
5 Archives Of Pain 5:27 46,125
6 Revol 3:04 52,055
7 4st 7lb 5:04 45,733
8 Mausoleum 4:12 38,260
9 Faster 3:54 82,599
10 This Is Yesterday 3:56 41,412
11 Die In The Summertime 3:05 43,895
12 The Intense Humming Of Evil 6:11 33,189
13 P.C.P. 3:55 30,715
14 Drug Drug Druggy (live) 3:29 690
15 Roses in the Hospital (live) 4:48 793
16 You Love Us (live) 4:29 1,050
17 New Art Riot (live) 3:00 548

About this album

The Holy Bible was the third studio album by the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released on August 30, 1994 by Epic Records, a subsidiary of Sony Records, unlike their two previous albums which had been released on the Columbia Records imprint. It peaked at number 6 on the UK Albums Chart. In August 2005 it topped Newsnight Review’s ‘Quintessential Newsnight Viewer’ top 5 favourite albums poll, pushing Radiohead’s OK Computer (a much bigger seller) into second place. It is listed on the list of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2001 Q magazine named it as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time.

It was the band’s final album recorded before the disappearance of their lyricist Richey James Edwards on February 1, 1995. It is considered to be the band’s best work by many, although some critics prefer the band’s next album, Everything Must Go, the latter demonstrating a different musical style and production outlook, reflecting the absence of the creative direction of Edwards.

The first single from the album, “Faster”, was released on June 6 and peaked at #16 on the British singles chart. The single marked a new chapter for the band as the material was both lyrically and sonically different than their previous release, the Life Becoming A Landslide EP.

Whereas lyric duties on the two previous albums were split fairly evenly between Edwards and the band’s bass player Nicky Wire, Wire has said in interviews that Edwards wrote about 70-75% of the lyrics on The Holy Bible, which may explain why the lyrical themes were much darker than on later albums following Edwards’ disappearance.

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  • heartsignite

    Twenty years today. It's kind of crazy when you think about what kind of impact it has had on so many people.

    29 Aug 6:32am Reply
  • fame00

    A masterpiece.

    21 Aug 6:21pm Reply
  • vizsla826

    Listening to it for the first time in a long time. It's better then I remember especially if I pay attention to the lyrics.Have a good 20th birthday by the way you crazy fucking album.

    23 Jul 10:15pm Reply
  • CainDavies

    I keep getting bits from this album and it is changing my life

    4 Jan 3:15am Reply
  • Lawman_05

    A masterpiece. The lyrics on this album are incredible!

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tvideira

    Just gave this a listen again after forgetting about it for years. It's been on repeat atleast 10 times now. Serious lyric envy. Richie you animal!

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tomorrowsparty

    Still probably my favourite album

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Yuri_Jones

    The best rock album ever made.

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Siberiandreamer

    It is so fucking bleak that it borderlines on overwhelming; the mark of a true piece of art.

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • kizzwownz

    Reading through the tracklisting is dark enough. Top album though, Die in the Summertime got me into them.

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    THB always makes you wonder how much greater a force MSP could have been had Richey "remained".

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • SteveGeek

    I haven't listened to this album for years but for some reason just stuck it on and ...wow... I'd forgotten how intense and powerful this album was. Each track takes you to another dark place. Makes current crop look pale and anemic.

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • dany_hplover

    Masterpiece.

    30 Oct 2012 Reply
  • lyle_catcliffe

    When I worked at HMV full-time, this album was my journey to work for the whole of Oct-Dec'07. Always put me in the right mood. Perfect for ice cold winter mornings.

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Ellebrienne

    This album is amazing <3...

    18 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Damiantoni

    I don't understand english very well, so I tried to translate the lyrics to my own language (portuguese), and now I'm sure that this album is a masterpiece.

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • GuzonjinaCerka

    I'm in love with this album.

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • DanLovesAlice

    Nothing else in the Manics canon can hold a candle to this dark masterpiece. Truthful, brutal and depressing, a document that hits Western culture right between the eyes.

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • SciFiBoy2009

    best album ever. nothing else is even close to this good. it is literally gospel, listen to it as often as I can because it is holy.

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • lanakias

    Easy the best album of manic street preachers....masterpiece

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
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