Sick and pale but strangely alive
Manics wanted Know Your Enemy to be a return with a kick (among other things). Found That Soul, appropriately, is their most kicking opener. A bit of riffage and then boom! Straight into business. Loud, raunchy guitars, blasting drums, rock and roll piano, James’ snarling vocals and Wire’s aggressive(-ish?) lyrics.
Found That Soul might be a nod to the band’s musical roots but sounds far more mature than anything the band did in the past. It’s the natural successor of The Masses Against the Classes that was released as a one-off single before Know Your Enemy, signaling how the band was ready to be dangerous again after two albums of a more melodic route. As the (other) lead single and opener of an album it stated that the band was back in doing their rocking thing.
And in that they managed to create three minutes of best Manics rocking. Quality.
The video ranks, in all its ridiculous simplicity, as one of the band’s best. While the video for the other lead single So Why So Sad was a high-budget, glossy affair fitting for that song, Found That Soul took the exact opposite and consists of three minutes of scribbled night vision footage of girls reading books, close-ups of the band’s face and cute nocturnal animals. It doesn’t sound like much – it isn’t much – but it works perfectly with the song.
“Our life is frittered away by detail – simplify, simplify” said one Henry David Thoreau, and his words became the single sleeve quote.