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Manic Street Preachers working on two new LPs

Manic Street Preachers

Story by Jack Foley

MANIC Street Preachers are in the process of recording two separate new albums, it has been revealed.

In an interview with the Daily Star, Manics frontman James Dean Bradfield said the first, their 11th, will be mostly acoustic, while the second will be “more aggressive and experimental”.

The acoustic album will also feature Richard Hawley.

“There’s only one song with electric guitar on the album, but it’s not ‘bongos round the campfire’,” said Bradfield. “It has a soul vibe, with Rolling Stones-style horns. The first single is very positive, but there are darker moments too.”

The band recently announced details of a new song, Four Lonely Roads, featuring vocals from Cate Le Bon as well as a live UK return at Wales’s Festival No.6 in Portmeirion in September.

The new albums will mark the band’s first original material since 2010’s Postcards From A Young Man, although they did release a career-spanning singles compilation, National Treasures – The Complete Singles, in 2011.