Rewind the Film - Manic Street Preachers
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  • Summary: Richard Hawley, Cate Le Bon, and Lucy Rose guest on the 11th full-length studio release from the Welsh alternative rock band.
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  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. Sep 11, 2013
    A downbeat and occasionally poetic work with some unexpected reference points. [Oct 2013, p.71]
  6. Sep 16, 2013
    A refreshingly enjoyable album.
  7. Oct 30, 2013
    It feels self-centred and bored, and is reflected by much of the album’s music.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  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. Expand
  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. Expand