We’ll be the ones who give you soul
Little Baby Nothing is a stand-out both in the stylistic and quality ways on Generation Terrorists and adored by many. Your Love Alone Is Not Enough is what brought them back to commercial spotlight after some years of non-hits and was the starting point for many new MSP fans. But the greatest Manics duet of them all is the gorgeous swirl hidden into the depths of a single b-side.
Taking with them the indie-cred pop princess Sophie Ellis-Bextor (before her solo fame) and her swooning vocals, the Manic Street Preachers embark on a dreamy pop bliss filled with swirling keyboards, majestic organs, deeply pounding drums and ethereally echoing vocals. Bextor’s vocals work perfectly with James’ amidst the hypnotic, elegant groove while the lyrics attack against the empty holes of urban lifestyle.
Oooh, and that middle bit. When all the instruments drop down except layers upon layers of dreamy keyboards and a tiny drumbeat and James and Sophie sigh and scream in the echoing ocean of sound.
Pretty much one of their greatest b-sides, and possibly one of their greatest songs. This band really does throw away some gorgeous tracks.