This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

Release date
14 Sep 1998
Running length
13 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Everlasting 4:05 120,392
2 If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next 4:49 212,336
3 You Stole the Sun from My Heart 4:22 146,716
4 Ready For Drowning 4:31 49,133
5 Tsunami 3:51 101,655
6 My Little Empire 4:09 50,435
7 I'm Not Working 5:51 37,775
8 You're Tender And You're Tired 4:37 41,704
9 Born A Girl 4:12 39,425
10 Be Natural 5:12 36,983
11 Black Dog On My Shoulder 4:48 36,846
12 Nobody Loved You 4:44 37,580
13 S.Y.M.M. 5:57 30,046

About this album

This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours is the fifth album by Welsh band Manic Street Preachers. It was released in September 1998 on Epic Records, and in the United States the following year, on Virgin Records.

The title is a quotation taken from a speech given by Welsh British Labour Party politician Aneurin Bevan. Its working title was simply ‘Manic Street Preachers’.

This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours was the first Manics album to feature lyrics solely by Nicky Wire, while all the music was written by the habitual duo of James Dean Bradfield and cousin Sean Moore. The album is a much more subdued affair compared to previous albums with many songs having a more acoustic feel.

At the same time it shows the band experimenting with studio and production possibilities, as shown in several tracks — “S.Y.M.M.”, “I’m Not Working” and “Born a Girl”. In the bridge of the track “Ready for Drowning” there is a sample of Richard Burton (as John Morlar from the 1978 film The Medusa Touch): “I will bring the whole edifice down on their unworthy heads”.

The cover photograph was taken on Black Rock Sands near Porthmadog. Hidden behind the disc’s tray is a quotation from the 1995 book, No Truce With The Furies by R. S. Thomas.

The album won Best British Album at the 1999 Brit Awards.

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