Rewind the Film

Rewind the Film

by Manic Street PreachersManic Street Preachers


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It's hard not to view the title of Rewind the Film as a conscious allusion to how the Manic Street Preachers are pursuing their career in the second decade of the new millennium. Journal for Plague Lovers, the Steve Albini-recorded collection of new songs set to abandoned Richey Edwards lyrics, functioned as ground zero, the new Holy Bible from which they moved forward, first with Postcards from a Young Man, the companion piece to Everything Must Go, and now to Rewind the Film, a corollary to the melodramatic MOR of This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours. As with Postcards, the comparisons between Rewind the Film and its predecessor don't scan cleanly. Now in their third decade as a band, the Manics certainly are comfortable with mellow theatrics, perhaps even more than they were when they were channeling Queen on This Is My Truth, but they're also keen to pursue gentlemanly adventures, threading a strong British folk undercurrent into their 11th album and sometimes taking the time to punctuate proceedings with a bracing bit of brass. Despite these subdued flourishes, contemplation is the order of the day here, Rewind the Film achieving an appealingly woozy, early-hours-of-the morning vibe, thanks in part to canny cameos from Richard Hawley, Lucy Rose, and Cate Le Bon, kindred spirits who can find the comfort in misery. Occasionally, Nicky Wire's lyrics drift back toward free-floating angst -- "my ecosystem is based on hatred" is a line that feels perpetually adolescent -- but 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2013
Label: Sony Uk
UPC: 0888837452922
catalogNumber: 3745292
Rank: 82368

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manic Street Preachers   Primary Artist
Nick Nasmyth   Keyboards
Sean Read   Trumpet,Saxophone
Richard Hawley   Vocals,Hawaiian Guitar
Cate Le Bon   Vocals
Bernard Kane   Viola
Gavin Fitzjohn   Trumpet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Nathan Stone   Cello
Loz Williams   Keyboards
Lucy Rose   Vocals
Joanna Walters   Violin
Andy Walters   Violin
Tim Tautorat   Violin,Celeste,Keyboards
Vulcan String Quartet   String Quartet
John Rey   Piano

Technical Credits

Manic Street Preachers   Producer,Additional Production
David Axelrod   Composer
James Dean Bradfield   Composer
Sean Moore   Composer
Nicky Wire   Images
Sean Read   Horn Arrangements
Alex Silva   Producer,Additional Production
Alex Lake   Band Photo
Nick Jones   Composer
Gavin Fitzjohn   Horn Arrangements
Loz Williams   Producer,Engineer
Andy Walters   String Arrangements
Tim Tautorat   String Arrangements
Farow   Art Direction

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