Floating around up here on my own
Before Tolerate’s potential hit status was realised, Be Natural was the most important track of the This Is My Truth sessions and heavily thought of as the lead single. But ever after the album’s release, it’s been completely silenced. No talk about it outside Wire once mentioning his opinion on the lyrics (he says they’re shite but we all know he’s completely wrong, right?), no live performances at all. It’s confusing.
It’s also downright annoying. There’s a reason why Be Natural had the big song status and that’s because it’s a big song. It’s got one of the best Manics choruses in the entire catalogue, the guitars on this song are absolutely heavenly and the build-up to the said chorus and the explosion of sound as the song reaches its climax point whenever it hits the chorus is purely orgasmic. It’s at the same time boldly outrospective and a natural born hit as it is an introspective brooding session filled with such spatial studio trickery as I’m Not Working is.
In other words, perfection.