Ranking The Manics – Rewind The Film

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If there’s one thing in common with the three albums which the band has made since Postcards, it’s the lack of good extra songs and the difficulty I have in ranking the album tracks. While each album is unique in their own way, I just don’t feel the same way about them as I do their first 10 albums. Maybe it’s their age, maybe it’s mine, but I find myself increasingly drawn to everything else than these. These three albums still have many high moments, but I struggle to differentiate between them and if someone on the street asked my to hum a random song from one of them, I’d struggle. Whereas if the same random weirdo asked me to hum something from their first 10 albums and assorted rarities, I’d be able to recreate each note from each instrument, every word, glitch, and vocal inflection flawlessly. In other words, I just don’t know these ones as well. Here’s my ranking for the first of those three:

  1. Show Me The Wonder
  2. This Sullen Welsh Heart
  3. 30 Year War
  4. I Miss The Tokyo Skyline
  5. Three Ways To See Despair
  6. Anthem For A Lost Cause
  7. Running Out Of Fantasy
  8. 4 Lonely Roads
  9. As Holy As The Soil That Buries Your Skin
  10. Builder Of Routines
  11. Rewind The Film
  12. Manorbier

There isn’t a lot to choose from with the B-Sides – they’re all as equally average to me as much of what appears on the album, with a few sprinkled gems. Regardless, here’s my alternative tracklist:

  1. This Sullen Welsh Heart
  2. Show Me The Wonder
  3. TE Lawrence On A Bike
  4. 4 Lonely Roads
  5. Melancholyme
  6. I Miss The Tokyo Skyline
  7. Anthem For A Lost Cause
  8. As Holy As The Soil
  9. 3 Ways To See Despair
  10. Running Out Of Fantasy
  11. Whatever Happened To The Blue Generation
  12. 30 Year War

Let us know your ranking and alternatives in the comments!

Rewind The Film

Generic Ratings: 1: Crap. 2: Okay. 3: Good. 4: Great

This song is for me the weakest of the band’s few songs which have been named after the album (or the album named after it). Like the rest of the album, it is slow and studied, and filled with melancholy – this one sadly feels too dull to me. I get the direction they wanted to take, and Richard Hawley is the perfect voice to fit the mood they were tryign to achieve. Still, I buy a Manics album and want to hear James sing. Hawley is of course preferable to Wire. It’s not terrible, but it is overlong. It has some nice little guitar parts before James does sing and as a whole the song gets much stronger when James does belt one out, strings coming in to join him. Everything around those moments is boring, for lack of a better word.

Rewind The Film: 2/Okay

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Let me know in the comments what you thought of the song, and if you haven’t heard it yet, click the link above!

Manic Mondays 2

So, with only our second Manic Monday we get the news of the bands upcoming new album and a listen to their excellent new song. Pre-order here:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/rewind-the-film/id666436795?affId=1930871

As the new manics web site paint job suggests, the album may be a more sparse affair than Postcards, and seemingly full of brass action – Nicky has been tweeting such updates for months now. But lets Rewind The Film to find an old lyric to heighten anticipation on this beautiful Monday:

Facing Page: Top Left

Private care, sugar pills, the flak of healing.
Fragrance my escort of no meaning
This beauty here dipping neophobia