You’ve risen and there’s no way back
This one’s practically a Nicky solo track (even the website letter at the time talked how it’s another Secret Society – Nicky’s solo band during his solo tours – track). It does have James contributing backing vocals though so it’s probably all played by the good ol’ Manics. And it was released under the Manic Street Preachers name so here it goes.
Lady Lazarus continues in the same musical vein as Nicky’s solo tracks so far – a bit simpler than your usual Manics track, bit more ramshackle acoustic in its instrumentation with some light electric guitar action. In fact, it’s so much in the similar vein that it reminds me quite a lot of Bobby Untitled from Nicky’s solo album. Slap this on I Killed the Zeitgeist and no one would’ve noticed the difference.
I tend to really like the ugly charm of Nicky’s voice but even that, or James’ lovely backing vocals, doesn’t save Lady Lazarus from being a thoroughly alright song that would have sound average even during Nicky’s solo career (although I quite like his solo album more than the average person). If Send Away the Tigers was the Manics as a whole being so stereotypically Manics as they could, Lady Lazarus is a factory-mold version of Wire’s musical tendencies.
How much did you love/hate Wire’s solo album? Based on the answer, decide yourself whether this one’s worth hearing.