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Resistance Is Futile

Manic Street Preachers

Resistance Is Futile

Album number thirteen from the Welsh indie rock band produced by Dave Eringa (Idlewild, Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey)

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  1. 8.0 |   Q

    They sound revitalised by the radiance of these songs. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A complex, multi-layered work. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   The Independent

    They’re still fighting the same battles, but really, it’s incredibly comforting to know they’re on your side, and to be assured that they’ll keep on fighting
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    After the uncharted territory of 2013’s pastoral ‘Rewind The Film’ and 2014’s angular ‘Futurology’, the Manics’ 13th studio album is a sprightly waltz across the catalogue
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    With their 13th album, the Manics are inspired and on the advance
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  6. 8.0 |   music OMH

    While there are a couple of misfires (Broken Algorithms is as messy as its title would suggest), this is generally a fine return to form from one of the country’s most treasured bands
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  7. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The subtext of the album is the fading of the anger of youth
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  8. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    This is not the Manics’ best album, but it is one of their most charming. As a document of where they stand it is endlessly fascinating
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  9. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    While the warrior on the cover may look weary, the band still retain their fight and ferocity
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  10. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Distills the Manics’ pomp and melancholy into buoyant pop songs with biting electric guitars, sugary synths, and majestic strings
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  11. 7.0 |   All Music

    It comes on strong - all sharp edges and gleam - but once the blare fades, the melodies and their accompanying sweetness linger, leaving a lasting impression behind
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  12. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It will always be strange to think of the Manics as the unassuming elder statesmen they’ve become but, even at these later stages, few bands do ‘once more with feeling’ quite like they do
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  13. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    As mild as feelings may be about this new record it certainly doesn't depose them from their spot as one of Britain's most vital and beloved bands
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  14. 6.0 |   The Observer

    A remarkable band, still wrestling with the most difficult issues, still searching for beauty in the void

  15. 6.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    With Resistance is Futile, they’ve finally caught up with their own reality and decided to produce the one album they never made; a serviceable rock album
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  16. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Undoubtedly, if this record was released in 1998 it would have produced a string of bona fide hit singles. It’s a welcome, if not essential addition to their catalogue
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  17. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    This thirteenth album from the Welsh trio is mainstream Manics, but don't make the mistake of thinking it's not vital in approach
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  18. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Effective, if not quite thrilling. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   Record Collector

    They’ve revisited the anthemic outreach years for an album of big themes and feelings, galvanised by big tunes
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  20. 6.0 |   DIY

    Coated in unabashedly big hooks
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  21. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Another curious chapter in the story of a band whose imperfection is one of their most endearing features
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  22. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Overall Resistance is Futile is an interesting nexus of the Manics’ twin ambitions towards populism and complexity - and an encouraging sign that they are still progressing after over 30 years
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  23. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    This is a record for people whose musical tastes have calcified. It’s melodic and inoffensive on the ear, as comfortable as a cardigan that’s two sizes too big
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