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WireAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pink Flag
  • ASIN: B00008J2I6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In The Art Of Stopping
2. Mr Marxs Table
3. Being Watched
4. Comet
5. The Agfers Of Kodack
6. Nice Streets Above
7. Spent
8. Read And Burn
9. You Cant Leave Now
10. Half Eaten
11. 99 9

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The number of groups surviving punk's first blast still able to ply their trade with heads aloft and consciences clear can be counted on the fingers of one hand, with three digits to spare. Wire is one of them. Send is their first full length album of new music in over a decade, and contains eleven examples of their most caustic and brutally compelling output in twice that time.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet May 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Their best album in about 15 years, by my count. This album seems to mark a reenergized Wire, the kings of minimalist noise, who being older and wiser have gained a keen awareness of their strengths and weaknesses, and are ready and willing to make some more classic albums/CDs.
The sound harkens back to "Pink Flag" in that it is full of energy and full of insistent guitar buzz. This is a harsher sound, though. My first response to the album was "blimey, they should have more dynamics in the songs - maybe start with one distorted guitar for a minute before moving on to two". But, it hit me more correctly later. It's a mood. It's a cold, hard, angry mood.
Albums like "Manscape", while not entirely successful, hinted at what Wire can reflect - a harsh portrait of a world that has become a heartless system, where human emotion is something to be studied and manipulated rather than mythologized. Well, we're very much in that world. We're in a world dominated by a nation seemingly run by a shadow government, whose leaders tell demonstrably false lies to a population almost desperate to believe in myth. The aggression in this music, combined with the usual harsh bleak landscape, seems to me to perfectly mirror our times.
In short, it's effective art. Harsh, minimal art. If you've been a fan of Wire at any point, you should give this a spin or three.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wire comes full circle. August 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Listening to the following CD it is hard to believe that this band has been playing together in some form or another for over 25 years.This has to be the best Wire album outside the initial 3.I am suprise how this CD sounds alot like some of the Chicago area bands that were inspired by Wire in the 80's like Big Black,(Early)Naked Raygun and The Effigies.This is one of the most bombastic albums I heard since Big Black's 'Songs abouth F***N.The music is very abrasive,like Big Black's sound.The sound of this CD is kinda like Low-Fi/Hi-Fi industrial with Guitars that sounds like they were recorded by plugging straight into the mixing board.The vocals sounds like primitive version of Wire's 154 era.So if your a fan of Wire,Big Black,The Fall,Gang of Four I could not praise this cd enough so please go out and buy it maybe we can encourage others to start making decent music again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wire Returns (Again) May 6, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This is Wire's first full-length in over a decade and gone are the New Order-ish stylings of their late 80's incarnation. "Send" isn't simply a redo of their first phase either. There are hints of "Pink Flag" in all the songs here, but it lacks the minimalistic sound of that release. From the opening of the CD to the end you are bombarded with a solid-state wash of guitars that pound out repititious licks and are topped with aggressive, often distorted vocals. They haven't completely lost their affinity to electronics and the better tracks on the CD tend to be the ones where techno elements begin to creep in. Note: 7 of the 11 tracks are from Read & Burn 1+2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful music. May 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Wow! First let this music wash all over you and then upon the second listen let it pound you into submission. But make sure you play your stereo at full volume both times if you can take it. This music restores my faith in the fact that a band can still rock and roll without the profit motive dangling like a carrot on a stick in front of their noses. The listener must realize that Bruce Gilbert (guitarist) is now 57 years old and this is the kind of fresh music that the group is still capable of. I don't think the same could be said of the Rolling Stones when Jagger and/or Richards were the same age. Thank you Wire. I can hardly wait for your next burst of creative energy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Introduction to Wire, phase III. July 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
While nominally a new album, Send is really a compillation of tracks from Wire's two recent EPs Read & Burn 1 & 2, assembled with four additional new songs. As such, it serves as an efficient introduction to Wire, phase III, but it's also but uneven.
The stongest tracks are culled from Read & Burn 1. On this release, Wire dramatically reconfigured the minimalist-punk blueprint they created with Pink Flag (1977), adding a huge dose of amphetamines in the form intense distortion, with just a hint of industrial influence. For a group in the third decade of their career (with most members well into their 50s), R & B 1 was remarkably vital relevant (though with all it's noisy intensity, it did take awhile for it to sink in with me).
On Read & Burn 2, Wire started to fall into a familiar pattern: After Pink Flag, Wire became progressively more difficult and deliberately arty, and made less accessible music (esp in the late 80s and early 90s). Read & Burn 2 follows a similar blueprint to it's prodecessor, but Wire employ greater use of studio effects, and the songs are more measured (much like Chairs Missing and 154). While this does does give R&B 2 more texture, it also saps much of the spontaneity, humor and accessibilty that made R&B 1 so much fun.
Unsurpringly, the best material on Send is from R&B 1. "In the Art of Stopping" and "Comet" are taut, catchy, songs driven by Gilbert's menacing guitar, Lewis & Gotobed's propulsive foundation, all put home with Newman's sardonic, funny vocals (it's refreshing that Wire have rediscovred a sense of humor). Unfortunately, only three songs here are from R&B 1, and the remaining material becomes a little tedious, and just kind of blends together (though "99.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A first-rate Wire album!!!
Kind of late to the party, I bought this mp3 album last year and really started listening to it this year. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Paul Minot
5.0 out of 5 stars If this had a bigger impact, music would've never been the same
It's easy to hear music out of context these days. We can hear something no wave or post-punk from the late seventies or early eighties and think to ourselves "gosh, weren't they... Read more
Published on September 9, 2009 by J. GARRATT
5.0 out of 5 stars For the four non-Read And Burn tracks
The four tracks that do not appear on Read And Burn EPs (Mr. Marx's Table, Being Watched, You Can't Leave Now, and Half Eaten) are all excellent; they take the aggression of Read... Read more
Published on July 31, 2008 by Said Head
5.0 out of 5 stars Control in power
I've just played the Read & Burns EP's and compared with them, I like this album 'Send' better.
Good structures and good production. Read more
Published on July 20, 2008 by C. J. Van Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible second come-back!
Wire have managed this again. They are back for a third time and it is even better than the second come-back.
Published on March 10, 2006 by Lovblad
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE
I've been very into the whole late 70's punk/new wave thing ever since i lived through it living in the northeast and going to many concerts and also collect alot of other types of... Read more
Published on February 2, 2006 by David B. Wallace
2.0 out of 5 stars Sure it's got intensity, but....
I was a died in the wool fan - even liking the 80's stuff (until IBTABA) and all the Newman solo albums. Read more
Published on December 13, 2005 by GrimRicho
5.0 out of 5 stars Back and better than ever!
Back in the late 70's, Wire released a trio of albums of intense, arty post-punk albums, and amazingly, every one of them is essential listening for fans of the genre, or really... Read more
Published on June 22, 2005 by Scott Bresinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Wire's Return
Wire is a band that was big between 1977 and 1981, essentially founding the sub-genre of post-punk and inventing an oft-imitated style of short, fast, sharp musical numbers that... Read more
Published on June 19, 2005 by G. Laur
5.0 out of 5 stars now i see
now i see where wire was heading from the time after the ideal copy. this album is not only a logical advance, but also recaptures the power of pink flag, the eeriness of 154 and... Read more
Published on January 24, 2005 by Joseph Williams
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