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Old 09-09-2015, 12:34
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I listened to the tape I made of random selections from the last two albums, and the RTF material made me dig the album out and it's fucking brilliant!
I hope the people who don't recognise it as a Manics album come around to it soon.
I think it should of had three weeks at number one instead of TIMTTMY, but who would have become a fan if SMTW was the big single instead of IFTTYCWBN!
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Old 17-06-2017, 23:22
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But now I can listen to RTF as it was intended and seems to suit this weather.
I now like a lot SMTW!
I think it's to some as hated by fans think the band thought of Lifeblood.
I really think I it's overlooked and will have its time in the sun again.
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Old 19-06-2017, 18:30
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I might have fairly unorthodox taste when it comes to being a Manics fan, but RTF would currently take the number 5 spot in my list. A very beautiful album, the only track I don't like on it is Manorbier.
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Old 20-06-2017, 13:40
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I gave RTF a whirl a few weeks ago. It's definately an album that warrants a listen as a long play as opposed to "dipping" in for various singles. I prefer it over Futurology for the lyrics alone.
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Old 20-06-2017, 14:57
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I like RTF and go back to it quite often. It was a good fit for the stage of their career they were at. Still not keen on Anthem For a Lost Cause, but it works well with the video.
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Old 20-06-2017, 17:15
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I think RTF is a wonderful album, along with Futurology quite an achievement - 37 songs (both albums and all 12 b sides) with all being worth listening to and a high quotient of great songs. A band 25 years into it at that point and having that kind of quality speaks to how good they are really.

Manorbier is an absolute highlight for me; evocative, melodic and memorable. Some fine lyrics througout the album; as a whole I'd rate it highly.
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Old 22-06-2017, 11:32
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Still love it. Got the promo with the Captain Beefheart sample at the start of As Holy As The Soil before it got cut from the commercial release. Wonder why they did that again after Little Baby Nothing, not hanging back and waiting for authorisation.
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Old 22-06-2017, 20:39
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It's my Sunday morning record - spoiled only slightly by Show Me The Wonder being a bit too upbeat.

It's a lovely piece of work. I love brass so having a Manics album so steeped in it completely works for me. The title track is one of the most beautiful things they've done, but As Holy As The Soil, with its mix of gospel piano and mariachi trumpets runs it close. Builder Of Routines in the song that grew on me most - I strongly suspect that they had John Cale's Ship Of Fools in mind when they wrote it. And of course the full-on rage of 30-Year War.

If I was going to be hyper-critical, I'd have liked 'It Will Take More Than A Grave' to have featured, for the 30YW brass middle-eight that was played on the Radio 1 session to have been on the album version, and I think 'Stow Hill' would have fit RTF better than Futurology. But that is being very picky.

Overall I probably prefer Futurology but it's a very close call.
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