[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Manic Street Preachers’ upcoming eleventh studio album Rewind the Film is about as far away from the sound of 1994’s The Holy Bible as possible. Rewind the Film’s first single “Show Me the Wonder” is a mellow, folk-inspired tune with a strong horn section. James Dean Bradfield’s signature vocals certainly remind the listener that this is a Manics song but this new direction has caused some division amongst diehard fans. Some love it; others hate it. Watch the video and determine for yourself if the former generation terrorists still have it.
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]anic Street Preachers are a Welsh alternative rock band, formed in 1986 in Blackwood and consisting of James Dean Bradfield (lead vocals, lead guitar), Nicky Wire (bass guitar, lyrics) and Sean Moore (drums). They are often colloquially known as “The Manics”, or simply, “Manics”. Originally a quartet, the band became a trio when primary lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards disappeared on 1 February 1995. Their early combination of androgynous glam imagery and critical social lyrics about “culture, alienation, boredom and despair” gained them a loyal following and cult status.