Review: Resistance is Futile by Manic Street Preachers

Resistance is Futile by Manic Street PreachersThe Manic Street Preachers called their 2010 album, Postcards From A Young Man, their “one last shot at mass communication”, and that was filled with bombastic, definitely arena-friendly delights. I mention this because, judging from Resistance is Futile‘s first two singles – “International Blue” and “Distant Colors” – I thought this new album would be another one of those last shots. Not really. There’s a bit of uncertainty cutting across the record, and outside the lyrics you hear it in the slightly muted take on their (arguably) orchestral pop, a couple of notches above Rewind the Film. It’s not exactly something that hits you at first try – so much for the resistance I was expecting to do – but the beauty still is in the introspection, sometimes hit and miss, but still elegant at its best, and trying its best to be at its… least best. Also, at least the band does not sound uninspired, like in some of their later records. It’s just a different kind of energy coursing through this. It takes a while. [NB]3/5

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