"International Blue" - the first single from Manic Street Preachers' thirteenth album, Resistance is Futile is intensely melodic, supremely confident and driven by an empathetic melancholy. It's the perfect herald for a classic Manic's album that's less one last shot at mass communication and much more a record ready made for massive communion. Unexpectedly lyrically open, Resistance is Futile finds the band working from an emotional palette they are not immediately associated with. From the cascading opening of "People Give In" to the scattered resonance of "The Left Behind," the album is very much the work of a band demanding to be heard and joined, at full volume. The first Manic's album to be recorded at their new Door to the River studio with long-term collaborators (producer Dave Eringa and mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge), Resistance is Futile finds the Manic Street Preachers completely reinvigorated, clearly revelling in the change of scenery.