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This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
Studio album by Manic Street Preachers
Released September 14, 1998
Recorded 1997–1998 at Chateau De La Rouge Motte, France; Mono Valley Studios, Monmouth, Wales; Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, Wales
Genre Alternative rock, britpop
Length 63:19
Label Epic
Producer Mike Hedges, Dave Eringa
Professional reviews
Manic Street Preachers chronology
Everything Must Go
(1996)
This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
(1998)
Know Your Enemy
(2001)

This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours is the fifth album by Welsh band Manic Street Preachers. It was released in September 1998 on Epic Records, and in the United States the following year, on Virgin Records.

The title is a quotation taken from a speech given by Welsh British Labour Party politician Aneurin Bevan. Its working title was simply 'Manic Street Preachers'.

This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours was the first Manics album to feature lyrics solely by Nicky Wire, while all the music was written by the habitual duo of James Dean Bradfield and cousin Sean Moore. The album is a much more subdued affair compared to previous albums with many songs having a more acoustic feel.

At the same time it shows the band experimenting with studio and production possibilities, as shown in several tracks — "S.Y.M.M.", "I'm Not Working" and "Born a Girl". In the bridge of the track "Ready for Drowning" there is a sample of Richard Burton (as John Morlar from the 1978 film The Medusa Touch): "I will bring the whole edifice down on their unworthy heads".

The cover photograph was taken on Black Rock Sands near Porthmadog. Hidden behind the disc's tray is a quotation from the 1995 book, No Truce With The Furies by R. S. Thomas.

The album won Best British Album at the 1999 Brit Awards.

Contents

Track listing

  1. "The Everlasting" – 6:09
  2. "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" – 4:50
  3. "You Stole the Sun from My Heart" – 4:20
  4. "Ready for Drowning" – 4:32
  5. "Tsunami" – 3:51
  6. "My Little Empire" – 4:09
  7. "I'm Not Working" – 5:51
  8. "You're Tender and You're Tired" – 4:37
  9. "Born a Girl" – 4:12
  10. "Be Natural" – 5:12
  11. "Black Dog on My Shoulder" – 4:48
  12. "Nobody Loved You" – 4:44
  13. "S.Y.M.M." – 5:57

Personnel

Manic Street Preachers
  • James Dean Bradfield – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, 12 string guitar (tracks 2, 10, 12), sitar guitar (track 5, 7), omnichord (tracks 4, 5), melody horn (track 10)
  • Sean Moore – drums, programming (tracks 1, 3, 5)
  • Nicky Wire – bass, acoustic bass (tracks 6, 11), vocals (track 6)
Additional personnel
  • Nick Nasmyth – wurlitzer (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 13), Hammond organ (tracks 4, 10), Mellotron (tracks 8, 13), keyboards (tracks 5, 7), piano (track 8), Vox Continental (track 11), accordion (track 9), yang-ching (track 7)
  • Martin Ditchum – percussion (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11)
  • Andy Duncan – percussion (tracks 2, 6, 10, 12)
  • Craig Pruess – sitar (track 5), tampura (track 5)
  • Ken Barry – whistling (track 8)
  • Sally Herbert – string arrangements (tracks 1, 5, 11), violin (tracks 1, 5, 11)
  • Gini Ball, Anne Stephenson – violin (tracks 1, 11)
  • Jos Pook, Claire Orsler – viola (tracks 1, 5, 11)
  • Padlock McKiernan – tin whistle (tracks 4,7,13)
  • Dinah Beamish – cello (tracks 1, 6)
  • Fenella Barton, Nell Catchpole, Sue Dench, Margaret Roseberry, Sonia Slany, Jules Singleton, Ann Wood – additional string section (track 11)

Chart performance

Album

The album debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart and spent three weeks at the top of the charts.

Singles

The album was preceded by the single "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next", which debuted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart, their first single to do so.

References

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours". Macrovision Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=Acnec97qakrdt. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Kim, Wook (June 18, 1999). "Review: This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours (1999)". Time Inc.. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,273792,00.html. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Review: Manic Street Preachers : This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours". IPC Media. August 9, 1998. http://www.nme.com/reviews/manic-street-preachers/105. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  4. ^ Zupko, Sarah (October 18, 2000). "Review: Manic Street Preachers, This is My Truth Tell Me Yours (Virgin)". popmatters.com. http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/manicstreetpreachers-thisis/. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Sullivan, Caroline. "Review: Manic Street Preachers, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours (Epic)". The Guardian Review (Guardian Media Group) (September 11, 1998): 24. 
  6. ^ Perry, Tim (September 12, 1998). "Feature: ALBUM REVIEWS". Independent News & Media. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/album-reviews-1197730.html. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Ellen, Barbara. "Review: Manic Street Preachers, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours (Columbia 491703-2)". The Review (Guardian Media Group) (September 13, 1998): 11. 
  8. ^ "Review: Manic Street Preachers - 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours' ". Yahoo! Music. August 31, 1998. http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/l_reviews_a/11126.html. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
Preceded by
Talk on Corners by The Corrs
UK number one album
September 26, 1998 – October 16, 1998
Succeeded by
Hits by Phil Collins







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