Review: Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go (Rock)

This review covers the rock track Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go.

This track was released in 1996 on the album Everything Must Go.

The track starts off with a drum kit and some guitars. The vocals then come in for a verse. After that, the vocals quickly take the track into the first round of the main chorus. Some strings also join the track as well.

The vocals then take the track into the next verse. After that, the vocals take the track into the next round in the main chorus. The vocals become non-lyrical as the track goes into a quasi instrumental section for a bit.

From there, the vocals take the track into the next verse. This doesn’t last long as the vocals take the track into another main chorus. An instrumental section caps off this section. The guitars ultimately lead the track out.

For me, the first thing I notice is the fact that the mastering leaves a lot to be desired. With the way the guitars, drum kit, and strings are so loud, the vocals are almost completely washed out. It’s actually impressive I was able to string any words together at all. Of course I have no idea what the track is about, but I could almost get a few words here and there out of this one.

I’m not sure if it’s because the bass is much lower than normal, but the track has an overall sense of cheapness to it. The strings not only don’t sound like anything that is impressive, but it also seems to just be too loud as well.

Overall, this is definitely a case where mastering can ruin a track. The guitars, drum kit, and string elements almost completely drown out the vocals. As a result, it is almost impossible to understand anything at all, let alone get any meaning out of it. The seeming lack of bass also makes the track sound cheap somehow. So, overall, this is a barely passable track that can easily be skipped.


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