What does it sound like?:
26 years in and they’re still going. Still releasing albums of commitment, passion and energy laced with thoughts and musings on dignity, self-empowerment, in-justice, and forgotten Heroes and Heroines. They came in on a bubble of hype and expectation, found a core (if niche) audience with two further releases, and then re-invented themselves (after the loss of Richey Edwards) as the enfant terrible of Stadium Rock (with a bit of socialist politics thrown in). They then had a third incarnation where they stripped back the political posturing, strapped on a Gibson and rocked out with ‘Send Away The Tigers’. If I’m honest, whilst the period between ‘Everything Must Go’ and ‘Lifeblood’ may have been the most commercially successful, it was also not as interesting or bombastic as the incarnations before and after. There’s no denying, the Manics are now the elder statesman of indie-rock, but they’re not letting up, and ‘Resistance Is Futile’ is another valid addition to their catalogue. There are moments when the lyrics smack of 6th Form Poetry, you feel they’re being too wordy or the trope of whacking on a string section start to become predictable, but these are minor » Continue Reading.