Friday, December 02, 2011

STN Albums Of The Year no.45: Wire - Red Barked Tree

While not exactly 1977-1979, the reactivated Wire have been on a decent run of form for their past three albums because they didn't grow into comfortable middle age. Not that they're still trying to be the people they were in The Roxy - some tracks are more like psychdelia explorations - but this twelth album advances their classily melodic claims while dipping into the ever readily available stock of spite, whether traditionally lyrically (Please Take) or in the serrated guitar sound of a Two Minutes. They sound like they always did under it all, propulsive rhythm section under clipped guitar tone under snarlingly oblique/sarcastic vocal. That is all in all a very good thing.


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