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2.0 out of 5 stars Underwelming. ..., 9 July 2014
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This review is from: Futurology (Deluxe) (Audio CD)
Underwelming. ....This would make a good EP. Overproduced and lacking in decent songs. They have had a run of 4 great albums but have hit a brick wall with this one. Is this the end of the road... i hope not but they need to release something decent quickly to have any relevance.
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Initial post: 10 Jul 2014 19:25:08 BDT
We'll they haven't been on a run, journal for plague lovers was superb as was postcards - but send away the tigers was generic pop and rewind the film was easily their worst album to date, simply unenjoyable a complete contrast to this new fine effort. This album might not reach the heights of postcards and journal but it is a solid effort with interesting lyrics and solid riffs. While Manics will never ever release another gt or hb as much as we want them to - this album represents the result of them honing their craft which started with timttmy then lifeblood then rewind the film - this album sits comfortably with those albums and is probably the best one.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2014 18:49:56 BDT
Just listening to this album for the first time and obviously need to give it a few listens but it certainly isn't that good on first hearing. Too Germanic and hard a production - not sure why they wanted to do this? A few good tracks so far but not initially good to great by any means. They are a great bunch of guys but I would not have gone to Germany to record an album! This is what you end up with. Kraftwerk with lyrics.

Posted on 14 Jul 2014 20:19:00 BDT
Mutty says:
I think it's good on first listen. Certainly beter than Postcards and SATT

Posted on 15 Jul 2014 14:29:28 BDT
Dan Birchall says:
This album is not what I was expecting at all. After the beautifully mellow Rewind the Film I was expect the Manics to give us an all-out rocker with the follow-up. So far I'd agree that "underwhelming" describes the disc very well. Not one single song stuck in my head after I listened to it the first time.
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