And now is the winter of my discontent
Seeing as the Send Away the Tigers era’s gimmick is to be a musical “best of”-flashback of the band’s musical past, it’s a tiny wonder that the era’s b-sides aren’t as imitating as the mother album’s songs. Love Letter to the Future is one of the songs that do sound like a throwback to the band’s past efforts though – funnily enough, whilst rest of Tigers focuses on the band’s most accepted days, Love Letter sounds like they’re imitating the not-too-well-accepted Gold Against the Soul style.
So here’s some heavy riffage and hard-rocking stadium glory. Feel that guitarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. It’s probably the “heaviest” Manics track in ages (which still doesn’t make it particularly heavy mind you) – or at least tries to, anyway.
And it sounds silly. Okay, so it’s got some nice bits and it’s not shit but bloody hell does it sound corny, especially during the rawrrrrrrr verses. James is trying too hard to be a guitar legend again after the subtler (and far superb) guitar tones of Lifeblood and pretty much does it in excess without any clear direction. The chorus is the aforementioned nice bit but it doesn’t offer anything interesting or worth holding onto. I’m sure all those who are really into their guitar riffage and so on will get kicks out of this though.
Apparently this was a song that was heavily considered to be on the actual album. Which would’ve been pretty wonky.
Also: woo, cowbell!