May love never die
Dying Breeds is the moment when Nicky’s solo career began. It’s very faint that you could even call it a Manic Street Preachers track considering how Nicky wrote the lyrics and the music, performs lead vocals as well as the majority of the instruments recorded (not too sure about the drums). It was also regularly performed on Nicky’s ramshackle tour around his solo album.
But here it is, treated as a Manic Street Preachers track as it was released under that name. Same applies to Nicky’s other solo tracks released as Manics b-sides.
Dying Breeds is incredibly sweet. It’s a pure and simple love song (even if the first verse makes it sound like a praise to bukkake) – the most direct one of such nature in the Manics catalogue and the Patrick Jones video the song was originally released under shows enough wedding ring shots to make the idea clear even for a simpleton. Possibly written for James due to the proximity of James’ marriage and this song’s release.
Overall it’s a very, very honest and straightforward so. A bit naïve in a way but that makes it all the more charming. The music’s pretty simple but sounds wonderful and the production gives it a nice warmth. The lyrics contain some really stupid clangers (“like a dinosaur who has lost his home/Where the dodos roam with no place to go”? Seriously?) but are kinda cute in their silliness and straightforward nature. Nicky’s amateurish singing is actually an asset, it makes the lyrics work.
It’s kinda like the moment in your wedding when the goofy relative or friend steps in front of the mic (after searching for encouragement from a few drinks) and performs his amateurish song made for you. You know it’s a bit silly but it radiates the sort of heartwarming aww-factor that all the mishaps are forgiven.