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The Manic Street Preachers have announced they will not release singles from 'Journal For Plague Lovers'

The Manic Street Preachers have announced that they will not be releasing singles from their new album 'Journal For Plague Lovers', preferring to see the record as a complete "body of work". The lyrics to the album were written by former guitarist Richey Edwards before he disappeared back in 1995.

Speaking to Xfm, James Dean Bradfield explained, "It's hard to envisage some of these lyrics being played as a single. It's just such a body of work and the concerns of somebody that didn't care about commercial success. We did worry that our record company wouldn't know how to handle it, but they've been pretty gracious."

"I think there's an element of bafflement and bemusement on their behalf," added Nicky Wire. "But it's a tribute to Richey... It's a tribute to the notion of an 'album'. It feels kind of old fashioned, it's pre-digital. It was written on a typewriter because Richey never had a mobile phone or a laptop. We recored it on analogue tape with no computers."

Listen to 'Pretension/Repulsion' from the album below: