Rewind the Film - Manic Street Preachers

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    It reveals a broader musical and emotional palette than they've exposed before.
  2. Sep 11, 2013
    30 Years Of War aside, this is an album that finds the Manics in fine form.
  3. Jan 27, 2014
    It's this ease of expression, both lyrically and musically, that makes Rewind The Film such a captivating listen. [Oct 2013, p.101]
  4. Oct 17, 2013
    The combined effect of the sometimes tortured words and the gentle, never-conflicting currents of folk, anthemic rock, cinematic instrumentals, and mannered pop create a welcome impression of a group that acknowledges that they've entered a comfortable middle age but are happy to fight against complacency however they can.
  5. Oct 4, 2013
    The hallmarks of the Manic Street Preachers’s sound haven’t gone missing, they’ve just morphed into different forms. James Dead Bradfield still sings with conviction, but this time he’s not shouting at the machine. Instead his forceful vocals are a personal peek into the tribulations faced by him, Wire and drummer Sean Moore over the years.
  6. Sep 19, 2013
    There's an often harrowing conviction to Rewind The Film's primarily acoustic arrangements and elegant melodies, heralding a new level of artistry for this unique band. [Oct 2013, p.87]
  7. Ageing is a war they can’t win, but by facing it head-on, the Manics have found the spur to move forwards.
  8. Sep 16, 2013
    The result, improbably, is their best set in years.
  9. Sep 12, 2013
    Sometimes the marriage of sentiment and sound is more obvious but it doesn't undermine the thoughtfulness of their restraint.
  10. Sep 11, 2013
    The biting nostalgia of middle age runs throughout the lyrics and the band’s desire to produce something akin to ‘Automatic For The People’ is largely fulfilled.
  11. Sep 27, 2013
    Regardless of whether you share the Manic's collective outlook on life, and if you're not forty plus you might not, you can only take Rewind The Film for exactly what it is: a band who know where they want to be and are comfortable with that. And, interestingly enough, this is maybe the closest we'll ever get to really knowing them.
  12. Sep 16, 2013
    A refreshingly enjoyable album.
  13. 70
    The Manics’ 11th album is a subtle, satisfying record that showcases their continuing ability to soar, albeit without digging anywhere near as deep as their politico-punk-pop totems, 1992’s ‘Generation Terrorists’ and 1996’s ‘Everything Must Go’.
  14. Sep 11, 2013
    A downbeat and occasionally poetic work with some unexpected reference points. [Oct 2013, p.71]
  15. 70
    Rewind the Film seems immediately poised for lost-classic status-- for all its clumsiness and flaws, it’s the kind of album that wants you to let it sink in, or even gather dust, until you remember it’s there.
  16. 60
    For all its flaws, Rewind The Film shows they're not ready for the glue factory just yet. [Oct 2013, p.86]
  17. Sep 20, 2013
    Overall, Rewind The Film won't be afforded the same reverence as Manic Street Preachers more definitive outings. Nevertheless, in the context of the present, it's the sound of a band growing old gracefully in reminiscent mood yet firmly at ease with their lot.
  18. Oct 30, 2013
    It feels self-centred and bored, and is reflected by much of the album’s music.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 16, 2013
    A sound one thought would never come from the greats that made the bleak masterpiece 'The Holy Bible'. Gentle, packed with emotion, and overflowing in nostalgic themes, this is a true classic. I miss the Tokyo skyline, builder of routines, and this sullen welsh heart featuring the beautifully delicate vocals of Lucy rose are among the stand outs. Long live the manics. Full Review »
  2. Oct 28, 2013
    This is a successful change in direction from the Manic Street Preachers from their three previous heavier rock albums into a more folk-oriented acoustic aesthetic. They make good use of guest singers that add to the sombre, melancholic atmosphere particularly a Pulp members' turn on the title track whose deep, worn voice conveys a feeling of nostalgia and yearning, and on "4 Lonely Roads", possibly the softest thing the Manics have yet written. Full Review »