Everything Must Go (Manic Street Preachers album)

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Everything Must Go
Studio album by Manic Street Preachers
Released 20 May 1996
Recorded 1995–1996 at Chateau De La Rouge Motte, France; Big Noise Recorders, Cardiff, Wales; Real World Studios, Wiltshire, England
Genre Alternative rock, Britpop, hard rock
Length 45:24
Label Epic
Producer Mike Hedges
Manic Street Preachers chronology
The Holy Bible
(1994)
Everything Must Go
(1996)
This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
(1998)
Singles from Everything Must Go
  1. "A Design for Life"
    Released: 15 April 1996
  2. "Everything Must Go"
    Released: 22 July 1996
  3. "Kevin Carter"
    Released: 30 September 1996
  4. "Further Away"
    Released: October 1996 (Only in Japan)
  5. "Australia"
    Released: 2 December 1996

Everything Must Go is the fourth studio album by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released on 20 May 1996, through Epic Records, and was the first record released by the band following the disappearance of lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards.

Released at the height of Britpop in the mid-1990s, the album was a commercial and critical success, it is considered to be one of the best rock albums of the decade and of all time. Everything Must Go was placed by the NME in number 182 in their list of "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time", and Q placed it in number #16 in their list of best albums.

Background[edit]

The working title of this album was Sounds in the Grass, named after a series of paintings by Jackson Pollock. Everything Must Go takes its name from a play by Patrick Jones, Nicky Wire's brother.

Everything Must Go represents a change of style for the band. Their previous album, The Holy Bible, had been a stark, disturbing album with a minimal amount of instrumentation, whilst this album embraces synths and strings, has a more commercial feel and fits with the Britpop movement that was prevalent at the time.

The lyrical focus of the album is also shifted, due in part to Edwards' departure. Instead of introspective and autobiographical tracks such as "4st 7lb", Wire's predilection for historical and political themes dominates; however, five songs feature Edwards' lyrics; the last time his lyrics would feature in a Manics album until 2009's Journal for Plague Lovers. The album's lyrical themes would continue through their next record, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours.

Subjects tackled on the album include the tragic life of the photographer Kevin Carter, on the track of the same name, Willem de Kooning and the maltreatment of animals in captivity on "Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky" (which is a quote from the film The Best Years of Our Lives). The latter track, with lyrics by Edwards, can also be interpreted as an exploration of his mental state before his disappearance; the line "Here chewing your tail is joy" for instance may be as much about Richey's self-harm as it is the tormented self-injury of zoo animals.

Part of the rhythm guitar on "No Surface All Feeling" was recorded by Edwards before his disappearance, making it only the second time that Edwards' guitar-work was present on a Manic Street Preachers recorded track (the other instance being "La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)" on Gold Against the Soul.) Bradfield typically performs all the guitar parts for their recordings.

The album was later referenced by the group as an inspiration for their eighth studio album Send Away the Tigers which was described as a mixture between Everything Must Go and the band's debut Generation Terrorists.

Release[edit]

The album was released on 20 May 1996, and debuted on the UK Album Chart at number #2, so far the album has gone Triple Platinum in the UK and is their most successful album to date, spending 82 weeks in the Top 75 albums with the album still in the Top 5 a year after its release. Four singles were released from the album, all of them charted in the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry awarded the album with a Platinum certification, for sales above 1.000.000 copies. The album presented the band with a new generation of fans, charting in Europe, Asia and Australia, since May 1996 Everything Must Go has shipped more than two million copies.

The album sales would be even bigger with their next effort, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours, which would be globally successful.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly (A)[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4] (2006)
The Independent (favourable)[5]
NME (8/10)[6]
Q 4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone (favourable)[8]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars [9]
Vox (9/10)[10]

Being the first album since the departure of Richey, the band at the time was under pressure, but after the release of A Design for Life, which was well received by critics and fans, Everything Must Go was the album that introduced the band to the mainstream public, all the singles were well received and radio friendly, the album was a critical success.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic gave a very positive review to the album, stating : " Above all, Everything Must Go is a cathartic experience -- it is genuinely moving to hear the Manics offering hope without sinking to mawkish sentimentality or collapsing under the weight of their situation." Rolling Stone magazine claimed the album as the "most underrated album of the year", and finished with: " Everything Must Go is a record of painstaking melodic craft and thundering execution, a proclamation of physical and emotional cleansing – up to a point."

Reviewing the 10th anniversary edition, The Guardian said that the album "achieved the zenith of the Welshmen's original ambition: to conquer the mainstream with anger, art and soul.", giving it a positive review, alongside with a score of 4 out of 5 stars.

Writing for Q magazine in June 1996, Tom Doyle thought that Everything Must Go had "little in common" with its predecessor, The Holy Bible, and saw the album as a return to, and improvement upon, the "epic pop-rock" sound of Gold Against the Soul.[7] He noted the band's choice of producer, Mike Hedges, as a possible contributing factor to the overall change in sound, and drew parallels to the lyrics of Kurt Cobain and the "reverb-laden" music of Phil Spector.[7]

Nicholas Barber of The Independent described Everything Must Go as "the most immediate, assured and anthemic British hard-rock album since Oasis's Definitely Maybe".[5] He also thought that the record was more accessible when comparing it to the "crushingly heavy-going" sound of The Holy Bible, especially, he noted, for a band "who once would have spat at the breadhead, corporate-sell-out idea of a hummable ditty. "[5]

Writing for Sputnikmusic Nick Butler gave the album a score of 4 out of 5 stars, concluding with: " Everything Must Go is a stellar album, stuffed with great, anthemic songs, and it's a rewarding listening experience. It loses ground to The Holy Bible simply because it's not as unique, but if Everything Must Go is inferior, it's only slightly so. " [11]

Vox magazine's Mark Sutherland saw Everything Must Go as the group's "most approachable" album, describing it as a "record so superb it might just make intelligence fashionable again", and surmising that the album "proves that, professionally, at least, the Manic Street Preachers don't miss Richey. "[10]

Awards[edit]

The album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize in 1996 but failed to win it, however the album won the award for Best British Album and the Manic Street Preachers won Best British Group at the 1997 BRIT Awards. In the NME Awards 1996 the album was named Album Of The Year, and the Manic Street Preachers also won the award for Best Live Act and Best Single for A Design for Life.

The single was certified Silver in the UK, it is one of the best selling singles by the band, and considered one of the best anthems of all time.

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Recognition[edit]

The album remains famous among all the band's fans and music critics, it is considered a classic from the British music in the 90's, being a critical success and an important album in the Manic Street Preachers career, Everything Must Go is frequently cited as one of the best albums of all time.

In 1998, Q readers voted it the 11th greatest album of all time, while in 2000 the same magazine placed it at number 39 in its list of the "100 Greatest British Albums Ever", the album was also placed in number 16 of the best albums in the magazine's lifetime. The album is also part of NME's collection of classic albums and the same magazine placed the album in number 182 on their definitive list of "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time".

Kerrang! placed the album in number 24 on their list of "100 Best British Rock Albums Ever", the same magazine featured the album in their list of "100 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". The album was placed in number 41 on Melody Maker's list of "All Time Top 100 Albums".

In the End Of The Year Critics List, Everything Must Go was placed by NME and Kerrang! in number 2, while Q chose the album as one of the best of 1996. Melody Maker and Vox magazine placed the album at number 1 in their 1996's list.

10th anniversary edition[edit]

A 10th anniversary edition of the album was released on 6 November 2006. It included the original album, demos, B-sides, remixes, rehearsals and alternate takes of the album's songs, spread out over two CDs. An additional DVD, featuring music videos, live performances, TV appearances, a 45-minute documentary on the making of the album, and two films by Patrick Jones, completed the three-disc set.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Nicky Wire, all music composed by James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore, except as noted.

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier"   Wire, Richey Edwards   3:29
2. "A Design for Life"       4:16
3. "Kevin Carter"   Edwards Bradfield, Moore, Wire 3:24
4. "Enola/Alone"       4:07
5. "Everything Must Go"       3:41
6. "Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky"   Edwards Bradfield, Moore, Wire 3:02
7. "The Girl Who Wanted to Be God"   Wire, Edwards   3:35
8. "Removables"   Edwards Bradfield, Moore, Wire 3:31
9. "Australia"       4:04
10. "Interiors (Song for Willem de Kooning)"       4:17
11. "Further Away"       3:38
12. "No Surface All Feeling"       4:14
Japanese Edition
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier"   Wire, Richey Edwards   3:29
2. "A Design for Life"       4:16
3. "Kevin Carter"   Edwards Bradfield, Moore, Wire 3:24
4. "Enola/Alone"       4:07
5. "Everything Must Go"       3:41
6. "Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky"   Edwards Bradfield, Moore, Wire 3:02
7. "The Girl Who Wanted to Be God"   Wire, Edwards   3:35
8. "No-one Know What it's Like to be Me"       3:02
9. "Removables"   Edwards Bradfield, Moore, Wire 3:31
10. "Australia"       4:04
11. "Interiors (Song for Willem de Kooning)"       4:17
12. "Black Garden"       4:23
13. "Further Away"       3:38
14. "No Surface All Feeling"       4:14
10th Anniversary Edition Disc One bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Enola/Alone" (live) 3:30
14. "Kevin Carter" (live) 3:06
15. "Interiors (Song for Willem de Kooning)" (live) 3:39
16. "Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier" (live) 2:48
17. "Everything Must Go" (live) 3:30
18. "A Design for Life" (live) 4:32
19. "A Design for Life" (Stealth Sonic Orchestra remix) 4:52
10th Anniversary Edition Disc One bonus tracks Japanese Edition
No. Title Length
20. "Everything Must Go" (The Chemical Brothers Remix) 4:52
10th Anniversary Edition Disc Two
No. Title Length
1. "Dixie"   0:43
2. "No Surface All Feeling" (demo) 3:38
3. "Further Away" (demo) 3:32
4. "Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky" (demo) 3:04
5. "No One Knows What It's Like to Be Me" (demo) 2:58
6. "Australia" (acoustic demo, Nick's house '96) 4:15
7. "No Surface All Feeling" (acoustic demo, Nick's house '95) 4:02
8. "Interiors (Song for Willem de Kooning)" (acoustic demo, Nick's house '95) 2:57
9. "The Girl Who Wanted to Be God" (acoustic demo, Nick's house '95) 3:58
10. "A Design for Life" (first rehearsal, Cardiff '95) 3:56
11. "Kevin Carter" (first rehearsal, Cardiff '95) 3:22
12. "Mr Carbohydrate"   4:15
13. "Dead Trees and Traffic Islands"   3:44
14. "Dead Passive"   3:19
15. "Black Garden"   4:02
16. "Hanging On"   3:01
17. "No One Knows What It's Like to Be Me"   3:05
18. "Horses Under Starlight"   3:09
19. "Sepia"   3:54
20. "First Republic"   3:48
21. "Australia" (Stephen Hague production) 3:58
22. "The Girl Who Wanted to Be God" (Stephen Hague production) 3:33
23. "Glory, Glory"   0:35
10th Anniversary Edition Disc Two Japanese Edition
No. Title Length
1. "Black Garden"   4:25
2. "No-one Knows What it's Like to be Me"   3:04
3. "Everything Must Go" (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Remix) 3:43
4. "Kevin Carter" (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Remix) 6:38
5. "Motorcycle Emptiness" (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Remix) 6:12
6. "Australia" (Lionrock Remix) 5:56
7. "Everything Must Go" (Acoustic) 3:33
8. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (Live Acoustic Version) 2:08
9. "A Design For Life" (Live) 4:17
10. "Kevin Carter" (Live) 3:23
10th Anniversary Edition DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Documentary: The Making of Everything Must Go"    
2. "Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky" (Later with Jools Holland)  
3. "Australia" (Later with Jools Holland)  
4. "A Design for Life" (TFI Friday performance)  
5. "No Surface All Feeling" (Reading 1997 performance)  
6. "Everything Must Go" (Saturday Live performance)  
7. "A Design for Life" (Brits performance and speech)  
8. "Enola/Alone" (live from Nynex)  
9. "Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky" (live from Nynex)  
10. "The Girl Who Wanted to Be God" (live from Nynex)  
11. "Further Away" (new video)  
12. "Home movie"    
13. "A Design for Life" (video)  
14. "Everything Must Go" (video)  
15. "Kevin Carter" (video)  
16. "Australia" (video)  

Personnel[edit]

Charts and Certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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