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Produced by Steve Albini and recorded live at Rockfield Studios in Wales during the Winter of 2008, "Journal for Plague Lovers" features lyrics left behind by former guitarist Richey Edwards across all 13 new tracks.
Nicky Wire said of the decision to use Richey's words after all this time, 'The brilliance and intelligence of the lyrics dictated that we had to finally use them. The use of language is stunning and topics include The Grande Odalisque by Ingres, Marlon Brando, Giant Haystacks, celebrity, consumerism and dysmorphia, all reiterating the genius and intellect of Richard James Edwards'.
Musically the band draw on their classic "Holy Bible" sound with elements of Nirvana's "In Utero", as well as a delicate, beautiful acoustic side. The cover features an original piece of Jenny Saville, whose painting also graced the cover of 1994's "The Holy Bible".