Manic Street Preachers: Rewind the Film

For their latest album, the trio turn the bluster down a notch

Listen to this article


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


Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2017. All rights reserved. You may share using our article tools. Please don't copy articles from and redistribute by email or post to the web.