Calmer but still catchy

Calmer but still catchy

Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers hasn't lost traction, even though Rewind the Film is the band's 11th album.

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

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