MANIC STREET PREACHERS – ” Resistance Is Futile “

Posted: April 21, 2018 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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In an NME interview prior to the release of Resistance Is Futile, Manic Street Preachers bassist/lyricist Nicky Wire invoked both David Bowie’s Station To Station and the Manics’ own hard-rock opus, Generation Terrorists, when discussing the record’s earworm lead single, “International Blue.” If anyone can live up to these lofty touchstones, however, it’s the veteran Welsh rockers. Resistance Is Futile, the band’s thirteenth studio album, distills the Manics’ pomp and melancholy into buoyant pop songs with biting electric guitars, sugary synths, and majestic strings.

As its name implies, “Liverpool Revisited” is an earnest Britpop throwback, while marbled ’70s-rock licks anchor the urgent “Broken Algorithms.” On the lighter side, “Hold Me Like A Heaven” blooms into a harmony-drenched song with candied pop aspirations, and the piano-spliced “Vivian” recalls Duran Duran’s crushed-velvet glam ballads. Resistance Is Futile, well, embodies its title.

The frothy, string-swept jangle-pop number “Dylan & Caitlin,” a duet with Welsh singer the Anchoress, was meant to evoke Elton John and Kiki Dee’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

Taken from the new album, ‘Resistance Is Futile,‘ available now

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