Send Away the Tigers

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Send Away the Tigers
Studio album by Manic Street Preachers
Released 7 May 2007
Recorded 2007 at Grouse Lodge in Westmeath, Ireland; Stir Studios in Cardiff; Strongroom in London
Genre Alternative rock, rock, pop rock
Length 38:13
Label Columbia
Producer Dave Eringa, Greg Haver and Loz Williams
Manic Street Preachers chronology
Send Away the Tigers
Journal for Plague Lovers
Singles from Send Away the Tigers
  1. "Underdogs"
    Released: 19 March 2007
  2. "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough"
    Released: 30 April 2007
  3. "Autumnsong"
    Released: 23 July 2007
  4. "Indian Summer"
    Released: 1 October 2007

Send Away the Tigers is the eighth studio album from the Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released on 7 May 2007 and made it to #2 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was due to hit number #1 on Sunday but at the end of the week 690 copies separated the Manics from the Arctic Monkeys on the top spot.[1]


The album is named after a phrase the English comedian Tony Hancock used to refer to "battling one's inner demons by getting drunk".[2] The album is widely seen as a return to the hard-edged, more guitar-driven sound of their earlier releases: the band itself has described it as a mixture of Generation Terrorists and Everything Must Go. The album was mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, whose brother Tom provided the US mix of The Holy Bible.

The album sleeve features a quotation from Wyndham Lewis (there misspelled as "Wyndam Lewis"): "When a man is young, he is usually a revolutionary of some kind. So here I am, speaking of my revolution".[3] "I'm Just a Patsy" is a direct quotation from Lee Harvey Oswald - who is referenced in the song - upon his public denial of the murder of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

Nina Persson from The Cardigans shares vocals on "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough", the first single from the album. The song "Rendition" concerns the act of extraordinary rendition, which has been described as a global system of human rights violations.[4] The song is partly inspired by the academy award-winning 1982 film Missing starring Jack Lemmon.

The photographs used as the album artwork are taken from the book Monika Monster Future First Woman on Mars by Valerie Phillips.

In September 2008 the band embedded three songs on their website, named "Donkeys (Acoustic)", "Untitled Instrumental" and "Motown Junk (The Johnny Boy Anniversary Mix)". They were replaced by songs from their next album in April 2009.


The album was released on May 7, 2007, and it entered and peaked the UK Album Chart at number #2, it sold 38,769 copies in the first week, the album was BPI certified as achieving Gold status (100,000 copies) during week 30 of 2007. In Ireland the album peaked at number #4, being certified Gold in that region as well. It reached the Top 10 in Finland and as for Europe, the album peaked at number #9 in the European charts.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 69/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[6]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[7]
Dotmusic 7/10[8]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[9]
musicOMH 4.5/5 stars[10]
NME 8/10[11]
The Observer 3/5 stars[12]
PopMatters 8/10[13]
Q 4/5 stars[14]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[15]

Considered a return to form for Manic Street Preachers,[16] Send Away the Tigers was released to generally positive reviews from critics.[17] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 69 out of 100, which indicates "generally favourable reviews," based on 13 reviews.[5]

Q Magazine awarded the album four stars out of five, describing Send Away the Tigers as a "back-to-basics" rock record and calling it "overdue": "Send Away the Tigers refocuses the trio, allowing them to relocate their original plot and make a big rock classic."[14] The publication cited the single "Autumnsong" as its highlight, while "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" won Best Track at the 2007 Q Awards.[18] NME gave the album eight out of ten, calling it the band's best release since 1996's Everything Must Go, and the "cathartic regeneration that the band really needed in order to become relevant again."[19] Talia Kraines, writing for BBC Online, agreed and called Send Away the Tigers a "brilliant pop record."[20]

Among less positive commentaries, The Guardian and The Observer both awarded the album three stars, with the latter describing Send Away the Tigers as a "pedestrian retread of former glories."[12] Alex Denney went further in a negative review for Drowned in Sound, describing the album as a "bloated swansong" that was "embarrassing" in parts, with the band "going through the motions".[21] AllMusic disagreed, with Stephen Thomas Erlewine describing its relatively short and concise length as a "welcome progression from a band that only a couple of albums back seemed stuck in a rut with no way out."[6]


Retrospectively, NME cited the record as when the band "rediscovered their sense of purpose and ushered in their third great phase" with the critically acclaimed Journal for Plague Lovers and Postcards from a Young Man following.[16] Bassist Nicky Wire remains fond of the album, saying of the pre-Send Away the Tigers period: "It didn't feel like we were a band just before that. We were on the verge of nothingness and to dig that out of ourselves made us fall in love with music again."[22]

The single features Nina Persson and reached number 2 on the UK Charts.

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The album helped earn the band the following accolades from critics:

  • NME "Godlike Genius Award" in the 2008 Shockwaves NME Awards.[23]
  • The album was placed at #16 in Q Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 2007.[24]
  • Uncut made Send Away the Tigers the 43rd best album of 2007.[25]

The record was also re-evaluated by Drowned in Sound in 2008, with Ben Patashnik describing Send Away the Tigers as "far better than anyone had any right to hope for, it sees the Manics embracing their stadium status by writing a collection of dynamic, catchy rock songs that seemed tailor-made for summer festivals. It blows the previous two albums out of the water, not simply because they sound like they’re having fun again, but because they’re not trying to ignore their past."[26]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "Send Away the Tigers"   3:36
2. "Underdogs"   2:49
3. "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" (feat. Nina Persson) 3:55
4. "Indian Summer"   3:54
5. "The Second Great Depression"   4:09
6. "Rendition"   2:59
7. "Autumnsong"   3:40
8. "I'm Just a Patsy"   3:11
9. "Imperial Bodybags"   3:30
10. "Winterlovers" (includes bonus hidden track "Working Class Hero" by John Lennon) 6:10
Japanese edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Working Class Hero" (written by John Lennon) 2:47
12. "Love Letter to the Future"   3:44
13. "Morning Comrades"   3:13
14. "Send Away the Tigers" (acoustic) 2:31
Japanese 2009 re-release bonus CD
No. Title Length
1. "Boxes and Lists"   3:57
2. "Welcome to the Dead Zone"   3:43
3. "Little Girl Lost"   2:15
4. "Fearless Punk Ballad"   4:07
5. "The Long Goodbye"   2:45
6. "1404"   2:26
7. "The Vortices"   3:17
8. "Anorexic Rodin"   3:09
9. "Heyday of the Blood"   2:43
10. "Lady Lazarus"   4:10
11. "You Know It's Going to Hurt"   2:50
12. "Red Sleeping Beauty" (McCarthy cover) 3:13
13. "Foggy Eyes" (Beat Happening cover) 2:53
14. "Umbrella" (Rihanna cover) 3:34
15. "Umbrella" (acoustic) 3:27
16. "Umbrella" (Grand Slam mix) 5:10
17. "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" (Nina & James acoustic) 4:00
18. "A Design for Life" (live at The O2) 3:48
19. "Everything Must Go" (live at The O2) 3:30
20. "Motorcycle Emptiness" (live at The O2) 5:59
21. "You Stole the Sun from My Heart" (live at The O2) 4:01

Free download[edit]

The song "Underdogs" was made available as a free download and limited edition one sided 7" single on 19 March 2007 as a 'thank you' to the fans who have supported the Manics over the years.[27] The song received its premiere on the Phill Jupitus show on BBC 6 Music on Saint David's Day (1 March 2007).


Manic Street Preachers
Additional personnel
  • Nina Persson – second lead vocals on "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough"
  • Sean Read – keyboards on "The Second Great Depression" and "Indian Summer"
  • Sally Herbert – violin and string arrangement on "Autumnsong" and "Indian Summer"
  • Andrew Waters – first violin and string arrangements on "The Second Great Depression"
  • Sonia Slany - violin on "Autumnsong" and "Indian Summer"
  • Lucy Morgan – viola on "Autumnsong" and "Indian Summer"
  • Howard Scott – violin on "Autumnsong" and "Indian Summer"
  • Morgan Goff – viola on "Autumnsong" and "Indian Summer"
  • Ian Burdge – cello on "Autumnsong" and "Indian Summer"


Chart (2007) Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[29] 2
Irish Albums (IRMA)[30] 4
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[31] 10
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 21
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[33] 33
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[34] 35
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[35] 38
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[36] 39
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[37] 47
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[38] 50
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[39] 57
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[40] 69
Europe Top 100 Albums 9


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