I was born to underachieve
Manics albums tend to open with big rockers that often nutshell or hint towards the album’s lyrical themes and general direction. Such is with the title track of Send Away the Tigers. The church organ intro is a brief false lead before a familiar rock tune starts up. Much like the album it’s named after, Send Away the Tigers is a look to the band’s past. The lyrical flow triest to slightly emulate the big lines of the earlier days, James shooting syllables off his mouth. The music is Everything Must Go -lite. But it’s all slightly and it’s all lite. And just like that it also manages to nutshell Tigers’ general problem: all surface no feeling.
Tigers is a thoroughly alright song that in the end doesn’t really leave you with much afterwards. It sure as hell manages to lodge itself into your head with its BIG chorus and the vocal rhythm of the verses but it never really feels particularly worth remembering for. It’s an earworm but it’s not a song that would ever demand any sort of a special mention. And if I were in a really cruel mood, I’d say it sounds like the first original song of a Manics cover band.
I was born to underachieve indeed.