I don’t wanna know the person, I just wanna know their minds
The close proximity of Journal of Plague Lovers and Postcards From a Young Man flare up in a stylistic sense at a few points, most audibly at Lost Voices which could have easily been from the Journal sessions. Except, y’know, without Richey mumbling about transgenic beef crucifying the Stalinist love or something like that.
Lost Voices probably isn’t that much of a standout song but I love the production and general feel of it. It has that dry looseness that’s present in a lot of Journal for Plague Lovers and much like it gave that album its own distinct flavour in the band’s catalogue, Lost Voices ups its points with it as well. There’s a mysterious nonchalantness in the delivery and in particular the verses have something rather splendid going on with that lingering guitar riff and James’ calm voice.
But like said, it’s not much of a standout song. It’s a typically good Manics b-side but doesn’t really get any greater than that.