Leviathan, I am your son
Leviathan was another big sign of Manics returning to rock after Lifeblood. It didn’t have any signs of the stagnation of Send Away the Tigers though.
Like many of the tracks around Send Away the Tigers, it takes inspiration from the band’s past – Leviathan from the Generation Terrorists (or moreso some of its b-sides). It’s still very much a modern Manics track, it’s got a bit more playfulness to it than the old songs had: handclaps, falsetto singing, et cetera. And unlike Tigers’ rather wonky past imitation, Leviathan works brilliantly as a fun little rocker. The launch into the solo is absolute brilliance as well, with what the James roar and so forth.
Shame that it’s just so damn short. It’s two and a half minutes only and whilst it pretty much says what it has to say in that time, the fade-out at the end sounds like a way too quick of a ending. It’s a bit abrupt, you know. It doesn’t ruin the song per se but it leaves a rather wonky aftertaste. Leviathan after all is quite a fun track, it’s got balls and it’s got this really uplifting energy to it. Just a damn fun rocker, sadly short but sweet.
The opening quote is by Richard Jobson of The Skids, taken from a televised live performance.