I Killed the Zeitgeist

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I Killed the Zeitgeist
Studio album by Nicky Wire
Released 25 September 2006
Recorded 2005 at Stir Studio, Cardiff, South Wales
Genre Alternative rock
Length 41:57
Label Red Ink
Producer Greg Haver, Nicky Wire
Singles from I Killed the Zeitgeist
  1. "Break My Heart Slowly"
    Released: 18 September 2006

I Killed the Zeitgeist is the debut solo studio album by Manic Street Preachers bass guitarist and lyricist Nicky Wire. It was released on 25 September 2006, through Red Ink Records.

Background[edit]

Many of the album's songs had previously appeared elsewhere in various formats. "I Killed the Zeitgeist" had been released on Christmas Day 2005 on the Manic Street Preachers' official site as a free download,[1] while "The Shining Path" was released exclusively on iTunes for download. In addition, a promotional album sampler had been sent out to the press and certain other people which included "I Killed the Zeitgeist", "Goodbye Suicide", "Sehnsucht", and "Everything Fades".[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Nicky Wire. 

No. Title Length
1. "I Killed the Zeitgeist"   2:32
2. "Break My Heart Slowly"   3:36
3. "Withdraw / Retreat"   2:47
4. "Goodbye Suicide"   2:28
5. "The Shining Path"   3:21
6. "Bobby Untitled"   3:24
7. "You Will Always Be My Home"   3:37
8. "So Much for the Future"   2:15
9. "Stab YR Heart"   3:43
10. "Kimino Rock"   2:42
11. "Sehnsucht (Neu Song)"   1:57
12. "(Nicky Wire's) Last"   2:57
13. "Everything Fades"   6:27

Release[edit]

"Break My Heart Slowly" was released as a single on 18 September 2006.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[3]

AllMusic described the album as "the sound of a slowly aging outsider who is reconnecting to his rebel roots. And that's what's really appealing about I Killed the Zeitgeist: it's rough and unfinished, but it's utterly alive, with its misfires as interesting as its successes, which, naturally, makes it not only a strong solo debut, but some of Wire's most compelling music in years."[2]

Personnel[edit]

  • Nicky Wire – lead vocals, backing vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, production, album design concept, sleeve photography
Additional personnel
  • James Dean Bradfield – guitar solos and backing vocals on "Withdraw Retreat" and "Kimono Rock"
  • Nick Nasmyth – organ on "So Much for the Future"
  • Greg Haver – drums, backing vocals, production
Production
  • Ryan Art – album artwork
  • Loz Williams – engineering
  • Shawn Joseph – mastering
  • Mitch Ikeda – sleeve photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nicky Wire". guardian.co.uk. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "I Killed the Zeitgeist – Nicky Wire : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Clarke, Betty (22 September 2006). "CD: Nicky Wire, I Killed the Zeitgeist | Music | The Guardian". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 

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