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Stripped-back Manics' New Album - The Western Mail, 9th July 2013

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Title: Stripped-back Manics' New Album
Publication: The Western Mail
Date: Tuesday 9th July 2013

Manic Street Preachers have announced details of their 11th studio album Rewind The Film and unveiled a video shot in the Rhondda Valley to promote it.

Released through Columbia Records on September 16, a taster for the new collection of songs was premiered online with a video of the title track shot at The Pioneer Club in Cymmer.

The brooding and cinematic track features special guest Sheffield singer-songwriter Richard Hawley sharing vocals with Manics' frontman James Dean Bradfield.

Recorded in their own studio Faster in Cardiff, Rockfield in Monmouthshire and Hansa in Berlin, the new album - which is preceded by the single Show Me Wonder on September 9 - sees the band utilising a more reflective, stripped-back sound.

It features 12 tracks with themes including Thatcherism, Manorbier Castle, Skids/Big Country's late singer/guitarist Stuart Adamson, Werner Herzog's Burden of Dreams and Welsh poet RS Thomas.

The band have also announced their first UK headlining shows since their ambitious 38 single show at the O² Arena in London in December 2011 which celebrated the release of singles collection National Treasures.

They kick off their September UK tour at the Newport Centre on September 13.

Earlier this year James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire told the Western Mail how the band were recording two albums.

Singer Bradfield had said that both albums would be diametrically opposed. "I can tell you that both albums will be very different from each other in terms of style," said the lead guitarist.

"One will be more acoustic and gentle in nature with lots of horns and a real Atlantic soul element to it, while the other's going to be way more spikey with lots and lots of electric guitar on there."