Album review: Rewind the Film
MATTHEW T. ROSETHORNE
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The Manic Street Preachers' Rewind the Film was always going to be a tough sell for fans, prefaced as it was by a single in which the singer made only a guest appearance.
But, the Manics are always best when they're down. To say the album is "mature" does it a great disservice, but the Manics are now finally coming to terms with their own demons; accepting them and moving on.
The bitter resignation of Anthem for a Lost Cause and opener This Sullen Welsh Heart set the tone for the album, whilst the vitriolic 30 Year War and anthemic Show Me the Wonder proves the band haven't completely given up on us.
The standout is the title track, with guest vocalist Richard Hawley crooning the melancholy verse, whilst elegiac strings and James Dean Bradfield's soaring tenor lift the chorus. The song is a paen to lost youth - a return to the womb - and perhaps the band's most tender moment.
The album has divided fans, but it stands as a testament to their determination not to surrender to the vagaries of the contemporary pop world, and soldifies their role as one the most important rock acts to come out of the UK in the past 20 years.
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