Futurology - Manic Street Preachers
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  • Summary: The 12th full-length release for the Welsh alternative rock trio was recorded at the same time as 2013's Rewind the Film and features guest appearances from Cian Ciaran, Green Gartside, Nina Hoss, and Georgia Ruth.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    The album was recorded in Berlin and the dark pulse of that Krautrock influence gives the songs a steely sleekness of purpose (and real cohesion), while the band layer a vigorous variety of sounds and tempos on top to keep things interesting.
  2. Jul 21, 2014
    90
    They're more infatuated with Neu! and Kraftwerk or Public Image Ltd, but these jagged, difficult sounds are filtered through the trio's now instinctual arena-filling gestures and that tension is what gives Futurology a resonant richness.
  3. Jul 1, 2014
    80
    Futurology is the Manics doing what they do best, with added Krautrock, Georgia Ruth and Green Gartside.
  4. Jul 2, 2014
    80
    Ultimately, Futurology is brave and unexpected, and though some of it galls, much is magnificent. [Aug 2014, p.87]
  5. Aug 15, 2014
    80
    Futurology can just about stand toe-to-toe with any of their past albums. Even if it doesn’t surpass any of their “classics” (pick one), it’s comes close enough that you won’t really care.
  6. Aug 21, 2014
    75
    With their twelfth album and one of their best in years, Manic Street Preachers display a stylistic freedom that one might call reinvention if it didn't still sound just like the Manics.
  7. Jul 1, 2014
    60
    Futurology is a much more polished and decidedly odd record featuring some of the band’s most enjoyably gonzo work since debut Generation Terrorists, as well as their most forwardthinking music to date.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 23, 2014
    10
    Futurology is amongst this band's best work. They've made some great albums (1994's The Holy Bible and 1996's Everything Must Go), but likeFuturology is amongst this band's best work. They've made some great albums (1994's The Holy Bible and 1996's Everything Must Go), but like many bands, they've had their moments where they've made a not-so-good album (2001's Know Your Enemy, for instance, although I enjoyed this album and 1993's Gold Against the Soul).

    Their last few albums haven't been bad, but I've not enjoyed them so much. I liked the immediate predecessor, 2013's 'Rewind the Film' more than some fans did. But unlike them, I didn't like 2010's 'Postcards from a Young Man' and 2007's 'Send Away the Tigers' so much, although they had some really good highlights. This shows that everyone has different opinions on albums, and in general, anything really.

    I had high expectations for this album, following my first listen to single 'Walk Me to the Bridge', and further track 'Europa Geht Durch Mich', which was released before the album. And well, you've probably seen what score I've given to the album already, and yes, it bloody well lived up to those high expectations!

    I received my copy of the album on it's release date, it was one of the signed copies from the band's website which came with a T-shirt with the cover image printed on. From first listen to now, I love it. And there's many great, great tracks on the album. It's my favourite album by the band since 2004's much opinion dividing, commercial flop 'Lifeblood'. I don't tend to count 'Journal for Plague Lovers', although I strongly like that album.

    Highlights (Yes, there's lots, so what?): The singles (Walk Me to the Bridge, Europa Geht Durch Mich). As well as the title track, 'Let's Go to War', 'Divine Youth', 'Sex, Power, Love and Money', 'Misguided Missile' and 'Mayakovsky'.

    Several guest vocalists appear on the album, similar to that of 'Rewind the Film', which featured Richard Hawley and Cate Le Bon on tracks each. Georgia Ruth, Cian Ciaran from Super Furry Animals and Green Gartside all feature on a track each. This isn't a bad thing having guests, it worked when Nina Persson from The Cardigans featured on Your Love Alone is Not Enough and became a big hit in the UK singles chart (It reached number 2, being held off by Beyonce and Shakira's Beautiful Liar)

    All in all, Futurology is the band's best album for almost a decade, barring 2009's 'Journals'. I am very pleased to hear it reached number 2 in the album chart in the UK (beaten by Ed Sheeran's X which spent it's 3rd week at the top), although I'd have liked it if it became their second number 1 album, which is something fans have been waiting for, for a very long time (They only ever topped the album chart in 1998.
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  2. Jul 23, 2014
    10
    A masterpiece !!! A group that deserves our respect .Great songs , a Berlin atmosphere , the spirit of Krautrock , fresh andA masterpiece !!! A group that deserves our respect .Great songs , a Berlin atmosphere , the spirit of Krautrock , fresh and genious . I love that album Expand
  3. Jul 11, 2014
    9
    After the subdued and melancholic 'Rewind The Film' from last year, the Manic Street Preachers have released a carer re-defining album calledAfter the subdued and melancholic 'Rewind The Film' from last year, the Manic Street Preachers have released a carer re-defining album called 'Futurology'. The aesthetic of the album is evident upon looking at the cover and the album title; a definite feeling of grandeur is shown by the photo looking up at a woman dressed in all white, slightly elevated from the ground in front of a white and snowy backdrop.

    The album itself continues this very well. 'Futurology' is packed with massive soundscapes and sonic surprises that will make any listener think differently of the band.
    Driving rhythms and heavily reverbed effects contrast with each other to create a new -yet familiar- sound for the Manics; it seems to draw on the presence of the Holy Bible and Lifeblood as parts of their back catalogue, two looming presences from opposite peaks of their career, as if the differences between these albums have been compromised and brought together to create a shudderingly up to date and current sounding record.

    'Futurology' delivers a lyrical and musical sense of war, nostalgia and ambition; with the lyrics and music in songs like 'Let's Go To War' almost emulating a battle march and 'Europe Geht Durch Mich' sounding like nothing that this band has done before.
    This record both looks to the past and into the future, drawing influence from what the Manics know best to push them forward in a totally new direction. If you're a listener looking for this band producing a classic sounding album, you probably won't find it here, but you won't be disappointed, it's their best yet for some time.
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  4. Jul 11, 2014
    9
    After rewinding, Manics Streat Preachers are now fast forwarding the film to the future. This realy sounds new and also different from whatAfter rewinding, Manics Streat Preachers are now fast forwarding the film to the future. This realy sounds new and also different from what they did before. Realy didn't expect that they would make such a lively and modern album. Rewind the film was fantastic, but this even exceeds it. Normally instrumental songs on an album are eyebrow raisers, but the two on this album are better then the rest? How is that possible? Expand

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