Wire - Change Becomes Us - Ltd Record Store Day RSD Post Punk Rock 180 Grm 2LP

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Wire - Change Becomes Us

Label: Pinkflag – PF20 LP
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, 180 gr

Gatefold Cover
Special Record Store Day 2013 limited edition, hand-numbered and limited to 3000 copies.

Country: Europe
Released: 20 Apr 2013
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Art Rock, Punk


A1 Doubles & Trebles 3:51
A2 Keep Exhaling 1:40
A3 Adore Your Island 2:46
A4 Re-Invent Your Second Wheel 3:46

B1 Stealth Of A Stork 1:54
B2 B/W Silence 4:40
B3 Time Lock Frog 5:46

C1 Magic Bullet 3:42
C2 Eels Sang 2:16
C3 Love Bends 4:02

D1 As We Go 4:36
D2 & Much Besides 6:13
D3 Attractive Space 3:33

Companies etc
Published By – Pinkflag
Published By – Mutesong
Recorded At – Rockfield Studios
Recorded At – Swim Studio
Mixed At – Swim Studio
Mastered At – Skye Mastering
Lacquer Cut At – Finyl Tweek
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Pinkflag
Copyright (c) – Pinkflag
Art Direction, Photography By – Jon Wozencroft
Composed By [Song] – Colin Newman
Composed By [Text] – Graham Lewis (tracks: A1 to D1, D3)
Drums – Robert Grey
Electric Guitar – Matthew Simms
Engineer [Rockfield Studios] – Sean Douglas (2)
Lacquer Cut By – Pete Norman
Mastered By – Denis Blackham
Mixed By – Colin Newman
Music By – Wire
Producer – Colin Newman

This is the second essential release from Swim~ Studios of 2013, the first being Malka Spigel's excellent "Every Day Is Like The First Day." These two are almost assured to be in my personal top albums this year. I can tell even at this early date!

So we all know the story: Wire took some live recordings from 35 years ago and elements of the post-"154" album-that-never-was and used them as a jumping off point for "Change Becomes Us." Nothing here, though, sounds 35 years old -- and although the spirit of "154" or "Chairs Missing" may have been summoned, the results are not nostalgic or backward-looking. The pace of "Change Becomes Us" may have relaxed (a bit) since the brilliant mechanistic frenzy of industrial comeback masterstroke "Send," but it's not as relaxed as the occasionally somnambulant "Red Barked Tree." Pop elements have been given greater weight on this outing, too, but definitely not at the expense of atmosphere. On "Re-Invent Your Second Wheel," random sung letters of the alphabet -- are they anagrams? -- sound positively sublime.

It is immediately obvious, from the opening track, "Doubles & Trebles, that Wire have learned their way around recording and hatched a sort of ambient-punk hybrid that (on paper) seems ludicrous, but when pouring out of speakers sounds amazing.

Somehow coming full-circle and embracing their past has resulted in a very contemporary and downright riveting album of new music from these genre-frustrating vets. There are certain passages that sound like other Wire songs, but that's in line with how the album was constructed; certainly not the first time Wire has used pre-existing recorded material as a canvas (1989's "It's Beginning To And Back Again" is ostensibly a live album, though you wouldn't know it from listening to it, and it hatched their biggest "hit" in the form of the infectiously buzzing "Eardrum Buzz.") If the method seems unconventional, or even fraught with aesthetic peril, the results more than justify it. "Change Becomes Us" is detailed and sonically absorbing, kicks you in the pants at times, and builds otherworldly atmosphere throughout that nestles Colin Newman's and Graham Lewis' oblique vocals just right.

This is a fully realized album full of great songs, which most recent Wire releases have been, but "Change Becomes Us" raises the stakes by being both subtly hookier and in many cases downright catchy in an angular art-punk way. From "Adore Your Island's" Baba O'Riley-isms to "Time Lock Fog's" creeping dub drift to the rhythmic post-punk of "Eels Sang" (a sound Wire helped invent, along with Gang Of Four) to songs like "Magic Bullet" that would have been right at home on "154," Wire's latest is both warmer than "Send" or "Red Barked Tree" and probably the most enduring record of this group of re-inventors' impressive third act.

Wire - Doubles & Trebles

"This will be a great album!

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Wire - Doubles & Trebles (Live)

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Wire - Adore Your Island (Live)

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Wire - Time Lock Fog's

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Wire - Eels Sang

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Wire - Magic Bullet

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Format 2LP
Label Pinkflag