The rich use of instruments complements the contemplative mood of this 12-track record.
The title track features lyrics that sound as if they're being sung from the afterlife, with vocalist James Dean Bradfield whispering: "Rewind the film again/ I'd love to see my joy, my friends". While grim solo guitar riffs strengthen the introspective mood, the band also tries to conceal the grief with a catchy '60s, Beatles-esque tune.
This record boasts moderate-paced tracks. But what's missing is the daring, politically driven lyrics, such as those from If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next. This is a departure from the band's old, outspoken days.
But not totally: opener This Sullen Welsh Heart both calls to mind Tolerate, and speaks of regrets about the past, starting: "I don't want my children to grow up like me". Well, it is called Rewind the Film, after all.
YP Rating: 3/5