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Manic Street Preachers, Your Love Alone Is Not Enough, T In The Park, 11th July 2009

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"Your Love Alone Is Not Enough"
Your love alone is not enough.jpgCover image taken from Monika Monster Future First Woman on Mars by Valerie Philips
Single by Manic Street Preachers featuring Nina Persson
from the album Send Away the Tigers
Released23 April 2007 (2007-04-23)
FormatCD single
7" vinyl
digital download
GenreAlternative rock, hard rock
Length3:55
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire, Sean Moore
Producer(s)Dave Eringa

"Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" is a single by Welsh rock group the Manic Street Preachers, it was the lead single that was taken from the album Send Away the Tigers. It peaked on number 2 in the UK Singles Chart.

Contents

  • 1 Background
  • 2 Release
    • 2.1 Awards
  • 3 Track listing
  • 4 Chart Performance
    • 4.1 UK Top 40 Performance
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Background

The song is a duet featuring the vocals of lead singer James Dean Bradfield and Nina Persson of The Cardigans, as well as additional vocals from bass guitarist Nicky Wire. It was released on 23 April 2007. According to the band they always had a duet in mind, seeing that the lyrics have a question/reply style to it.[1] According to singer Bradfield the title was the last line of a suicide note left by the friend of someone close to the group.[2]

According to Nicky Wire the song is in part concerned with the disappearance of Richey Edwards: "... while I was writing those words addressed to him (Richey Edwards) on Your Love Alone…something touched me at my desk when I wrote “I could have shown you how to cry”" [3]

Like with all Send Away the Tigers-related material, the cover image is taken from the photography book Monika Monster Future First Woman on Mars by Valerie Phillips.[1]

The song's lyrics reference past classic British rock songs:

  • The lyrics "You stole the Sun straight from my heart" is a quote from Manic Street Preachers' own earlier hit of the same name on the album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours.
  • The line "trade all your heroes in for ghosts" is a reference to Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here".
  • "I could have seen for miles and miles" is a nod to The Who's "I Can See for Miles".
  • "I could have placed us in exile" may be a reference to The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street as well as the disappearance of Richey Edwards

Release

The physical release was on April 23, but the song had already charted at No. 26 in the UK charts on early download sales. On Tuesday, Music Week reported that the single was due to hit #1 on Sunday 6 May, after its physical release. However, they charted at number 2, behind the Beyoncé–Shakira collaboration "Beautiful Liar".[4]

The single spent a total of 7 weeks in the Top 40 in the UK Singles Chart,[4] which makes Your Love Alone Is Not Enough the best performing single by the group in the Top 40 in the UK, alongside A Design for Life.[5]

Awards

The song won "Best Track" at the Q Awards 2007.[6]

Track listing

CD single
  1. "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" – 3:57
  2. "Boxes & Lists" – 3:56
Maxi CD single
  1. "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" – 3:57
  2. "Love Letter to the Future" – 3:44
  3. "Welcome to the Dead Zone" – 3:42
  4. "Little Girl Lost" – 2:14
7" limited edition
  1. "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" – 3:55
  2. "Fearless Punk Ballad" – 3:59
Digital download
  1. "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" – 3:55
  2. "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" (James Solo Acoustic) – 3:59
  3. "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" (Nina Solo Acoustic) – 3:59
Promo CD
  1. "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" – 3:59
  2. "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough" (Instrumental) – 3:57

References

  1. ^ a b Power, Martin (17 October 2010). Manic Street Preachers. Omnibus Press. 
  2. ^ "richeyedwards.net". 
  3. ^ "engagewithyourshadow". 
  4. ^ a b "Manic Street Preachers | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Martin Clarke, Manic Street Preachers: Sweet Venom (Plexus, 2009).
  6. ^ "Spelling slip as Arctics get gong". The Sun. 9 October 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "everyhit.com search results for Manic Street Preachers". Archived from the original on March 19, 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  8. ^ "hitparade.ch". Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results for Manic Street Preachers". Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  10. ^ "charts.org.nz". Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  11. ^ "dutchcharts.nl". Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  12. ^ "dutchcharts.nl". Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  13. ^ "swedishcharts.com". Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  14. ^ "Track Top 40". IFPI. IFPI. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "norwegiancharts.com". Retrieved 9 December 2008. 

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
   

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