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  • Summary: The 13th full-length studio release for the Welsh alternative rock band was produced by Dave Eringa.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
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  1. Mojo
    Mar 29, 2018
    80
    Beneath the surface sheen, Resistance Is Futile is a complex, multi-layer work. [May 2018, p.88]
  2. The sheer scale, pop-pomp and balls on show here render their survival an absolute victory. Resistance may be futile, but the Manics continue to advance.
  3. Apr 11, 2018
    80
    While there are a couple of misfires (Broken Algorithms is as messy as its title would suggest), this is generally a fine return to form from one of the country’s most treasured bands.
  4. Apr 12, 2018
    70
    This is not the Manics’ best album, but it is one of their most charming. As a document of where they stand it is endlessly fascinating.
  5. Mar 29, 2018
    60
    Occasional MOR slumps aside, most of Resistance comes sharpened by the Manics’ innate extremes of intelligence and instinct, populist extroversion and prickly introspection, melody and over-stretched meter.
  6. Apr 13, 2018
    60
    These songs, in which the rough-edged art-punk core of the Manics’ earliest days needles through mature, accomplished lushness, are heavy with a sense of the passing of all things and an uncertainty about their place in the world.
  7. Apr 16, 2018
    60
    With Resistance is Futile, they’ve finally caught up with their own reality and decided to produce the one album they never made; a serviceable rock album.

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  1. Jun 5, 2018
    0
    Good grief, if you found an album like 'Everything Must Go' a tad too MOR after reaching it via either 'The Holy Bible' or 'GenerationGood grief, if you found an album like 'Everything Must Go' a tad too MOR after reaching it via either 'The Holy Bible' or 'Generation Terrorists' then boy oh boy what would you make coming straight to this. Bland, formulaic, tired, over familiar, soppy, weak...you get the idea. Not one great tune on the thing, as sad as that fact is to report. Expand