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Following the inert stadium bluster of their last album Postcards from a Young Man, the Manic Street Preachers turn it down a notch on Rewind the Film, opening with a touching tale of middle-aged disillusionment (“This Sullen Welsh Heart”) and roping in Richard Hawley’s help for the attractively 1960s folk-pop-influenced title track.

But the trio can’t help slipping into back into bombastic mode, climaxing with album closer “30 Year War”, in which an agit-pop screed about the “endless parade of Old Etonian scum” running Britain is neutralised by a dull rock plod.

Manic Street Preachers

Rewind the Film

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