Manic Street Preachers latest single from their new album is a rousing alternative rock ballad and a great example of what we have come to expect from the firmly established act.

With the usual stirring guitar riff and the powerful vocals of lead singer James Dean Bradfield the track is engaging, lyrically intricate and has great pace. The bands employment of a variety of instruments is used to great success; the verse seems to be solely based on piano and strings, while the chorus is a reminder of the Manics distinctive electric guitar sound. The track seems to have a positive tone, despite its lyrical content and has a debatably has a slightly more contemporary pop basis.

My main problem with the single is its similarity to every other Manic Street Preachers song. Consistency is a good thing, and the band is consistently good. However the fact that the most recent release from the album Some Kind of Nothingness - featuring guest vocals from Ian McCulloch, failed to enter the UK top 40 is revealing. Although 'The Charts' are a backwards institution concerned solely with mass sales rather than actual content or talent, this was the first time that the Manic Street Preachers have not entered, and does not bode well for this new single. Yet, despite this, it is a great track and perhaps going as far as suggesting that the band needs to change its tone is a little too far.