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Manic Street Preachers: Smile, It Might Never Happen

Stuart Maconie, Q, December 1994

'THE INTENSE Humming Of Evil', 'Mausoleum', 'Archives Of Pain', 'Die In The Summertime'. Even a cursory glance at the titles will confirm that this is not the new Gloria Estefan album. The cover too, a huge triptych depicting a woman of vast, fleshy dimensions staring, absorbed yet detached, at her own reflection, is hardly the sort of thing that Mariah Carey goes in for.

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