Manic Street Preachers (Wales) – Futurology | http://www.manicstreetpreachers.com/
All of the respectable, forward-thinking bands will change up their sound, continually challenging themselves and the listener with each album. Although I can’t say I like everything they’ve done, the Manic Street Preachers are definitely one of those bands. I was late to the Manics party and it wasn’t until 2007′s “Send Away The Tigers” that I began to really appreciate their music.
From what I understand, the songs on “Futurology” were recorded at the same time as last year’s “Rewind The Film” which was a more melancholic, acoustic album. This new release however has a lot of electric guitars and is more of the sound and approach I was hoping for.
James Dean Bradfield’s catchy, soaring vocal melodies are as moving as always and the arrangements are only predictable when they should be. The lyrics are smart and dynamically delivered whereas the album’s two instrumental tracks stand strong on their own. I couldn’t be happier with this new collection of songs.