Lying for you to save the blame
I don’t mind Manics rocking. I really don’t. After all, that’s what the band’s done for the most of the career. The reason I don’t like Send Away the Tigers that much isn’t in the fact that Manics are rocking again but the fact that they’re rocking an imitation of their former glories in a way that sounds tired and forced. When MSP’s rocking with a genuine feel and not trying to imitate their past too much, it sounds good.
Boxes & Lists might be a Tigers era b-side, and in fact pretty much the first b-side offering from the said album, but it rocks well. So, so well. There’s a slight resemblance of the band’s more direct rockers from Know Your Enemy but it doesn’t have the dirtiness to it which pretty much separates it completely from the said tracks. Boxes & Lists is has energy, drive, soul and some damn good instrumental bits. It sounds inspired and doesn’t try to be anything it isn’t.
Lyrically Boxes & Lists drives off… somewhere though. “Twisting in my head like a nazi war film”? “And like pretty girls, oblivion exists” (going by what Manics.nl says)? Eh?
So why was this a b-side again?