Less than a year after the release of the brilliant and intimate ‘Rewind The Film’, Welsh-rockers Manic Street Preachers present their follow-up album of ‘Futurology’. The latest album seems to fill in a few of the gaps left behind from ‘Rewind The Film’, opting for a much more forceful rock setting than the subtle effects of the previous effort. Whilst ‘Rewind The Film’ featured Manic Street Preachers looking back upon everything with a gentle demeanor, ‘Futurology’ sees the band looking forward, pushing absolutely everything they have to offer.
Whilst musically, ‘Futurology’ seems to depart somewhat from ‘Rewind The Film’, the two albums still feel very much a part of each other, as though they are mirror images of each other. ‘Futurology’ sees Manic Street Preachers really pushing themselves musically, incorporating a large number of elements and genres to really bring out the music itself. A strong element of krautrock seems to anchor the whole album down, linking up all of the songs featured on the album. There’s some great tracks at play here, which are certain to please the long-time fans of Manic Street Preachers.
There’s a lot to enjoy on ‘Futurology’ which certainly showcases the great talents of Manic Street Preachers. Those though who were greatly impressed by the warm intimacy of ‘Rewind The Film’ might be somewhat disappointed by the rather pumped up and energetic ‘Futurology’, which seems to abandon much of the subtleties of the previous album. Perhaps this is the intent of the band, to showcase themselves as a band moving forward, but it still comes across that whilst ‘Futurology’ is a very strong and enjoyable album, it is just not as good as it’s brilliant predecessor, (though some fans of the band might perhaps disagree on that point).
‘Futurology’ isn’t as warm and inviting as it’s companion album, though it offers something new and fresh from the Welsh rockers. Everything feels fast and fun as though the band is really truly moving forward (as the album tries to imply so many times). Whilst ‘Futurology’ is designed to accompany its predecessor, it hasn’t been designed to simply be another version of the album, but instead a new viewpoint and a new chapter. Manic Street Preachers certainly seem to know what they’re doing, and with another great album under their belt, they’ve no where to go but up.
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Manic Street Preachers’ latest album ‘Futurology’ is out now.