James Dean Bradfield - That's No Way To Tell A Lie

With the Manic Street Preachers on a self-imposed break due to them getting fed up of each other, a little disillusioned with their recent output and wanted a well earned rest, it seems odd that both James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire have solo records out.

You may think that this opportunity would allow them a chance to try something different, branch out from their "band" sound and do something individual... Well, unfortunately, with James Dean Bradfield at least, there's not much to distinguish this from The Manic's recent output.

"That's No Way To Tell A Lie" is a quality slice of indie-rock, the guitar riff is solid, Bradfield's voice is as strong as ever and there's certainly not a question mark over his song writing credentials. There's a great hook and the chorus is memorable and hummable, the synth line nicely augmenting the guitar riff. In fact, if anything it's a little more "pop" orientated than I'd imagined - the "shaa laa's" around the chorus give it an almost chart-lite quality. It's a pleasant and good effort for a debut single and I'm certainly intrigued as to what the full album is going to sound like...



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