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Red Barked Tree [CD]

Wire Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Pink Flag
  • ASIN: B004C9PA32
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Please Take 3:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Now Was 2:230.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Adapt 2:510.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Two Minutes 2:000.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Clay 3:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Bad Worn Thing 3:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Moreover 4:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. A Flat Ten 2:150.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Smash 3:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Down To This 4:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Red Barked Trees 5:340.89  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

The odd thing about Wire in 2011 is their complete absence of oddness. When UK post-punk’s most influential band first split in 1981, dropped by EMI after their first three era-defining albums failed to shift units, they splintered off into weirdo art projects like Dome, mixing obscure performance art and intellectual pranks with abstract noise heavily influenced by early mentor Brian Eno. When they reformed in 1986, they refused to play their early classics and made a kind of surrealist boffin-pop, occasionally New Order-dancey (Ahead), sometimes powerfully experimental (A Serious of Snakes, Drill), but mainly glistening, melodic, even pretty, as exemplified by mini-hits Eardrum Buzz and Kidney Bingos. And it’s with the latter modus operandi that they’ve stayed for 20 years, despite losing a member (Bruce Gilbert) and inevitably bowing to nostalgia by performing legendary debut album Pink Flag live.

Wire, now, are a solid indie-guitar band based on great musicianship and production, and a seemingly endless supply of good melodies. If that sounds dull, it really isn’t. Their 11th studio album is 40 minutes of gorgeous nothings, full of intricate curlicues of sparkling Colin Newman guitar and synth given beef by the surging rhythms of Robert Grey aka Gotobed and Graham Lewis. Any group who have been making music together for well over 30 years without a sniff of mainstream success could be forgiven for sounding tired, grumpy and bitter, as The Fall have for the last decade. But Wire, who sounded old when they were kids, seem to be regressing into a youthful naivety. Opener Please Take sees the once droll and lugubrious Lewis spitting the kind of kiss-off lyric ("F*** off out of my face / You take up too much space") that self-righteous teen rebels write for their first punk band.

The only sad thing about Red Barked Tree is that few will hear it because many a station won’t play anything by old punks, unless they’re Paul Weller. But if you love alternative guitar music, you will love this, because Wire play alternative guitar music better than any young British band you can name. The oddest thing about that is that everyone name-checks Wire, but no-one listens to them. If I was them, I’d be telling the world to you-know-what out of my face, too.

--Garry Mulholland

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than anyone has a right to expect 13 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bloody Hell, this is good. If, like me, you lost touch with wire after their first 3 brilliant albums, then hesitate not, buy this album now cos' it stands along those albums like it's 1980 all over again. I cannot vouch for the quality of their numerous albums in the intervening years, as for some unknown reason Wire dropped off my radar, but hell they have returned with a vengeance and vigour which belies their advancing years. If it wasn't for their unmistakable style, you would have sworn this album was by some snotty delinquent estuary yoofs, not a bunch of late 50's veterans. If anything the added maturity has actually improved on their 70's output by fleshing the songs to 4mins plus instead of the short 1'30" blast of yesteryear.
This has to be one of the albums of the year, but doubt that it will appear on any awards list. Doesn't mean you can't award yourself a real treat. Put it in the car CD player and risk a speeding ticket, it gives you that kind of adrenalin rush.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (2011): 10 Jan 2011
By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Wire - Red Barked Tree (Pinkflag)
I have a history with Wire, dropping in and out at various periods of their long career. I've almost given up trying to explain to the uninitiated what I like so much about them, mainly because those who namedrop them without hearing them seem to be labouring under the illusion they're some sort of unfathomable, unlistenable, art-rock, avant-garde outfit, where nothing really could be further from the truth. Sure, they have their moments, but for the most part, they've spent a 30 year career producing some of the most literate, wiry (obviously), spiked pop music - spawned and informed by '77 punk, but never enslaved by its boundaries.

Their latest album, "Red Barked Tree", continues their idiosyncratic approach to popular music, beginning with "Please Take", with its beautifully sweary hook; radio will undoubtedly run a mile, which is no reason for the rest of us to be squeamish. "Now Was" is energetic and addictive, and the title-track provides an epic - almost folk-rock via Neu - conclusion, though I could have chosen any three tracks - there's nothing here that'll disappoint.

For those of us in the know, "Red Barked Tree" will become an album to treasure. If you're new to them, there's really nothing to be scared about. If you're unfazed by Radiohead or early REM (you'll probably know their version of "Strange" - believe me, Wire's original version is far superior), you'll find much here to enjoy. Take a chance. 9/10.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars awful pressing 18 Nov 2012
By reaper
Great album on CD. Bought the vinyl version; unlistenable B side. Crackly horrible sound. Amazon sent a replacement but it is the same. Don't buy the vinyl version! Subsequent to this, I read several reviews telling the same story. You have been warned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable return to top form 13 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
34 years since the release of the seminal Pink Flag, Wire's 12th studio album is an absolute joy. After the audio blasts of Read and Burn and Object 47, which were good but one dimensional compared to past Wire work, Red Barked Tree possibly has more layers and depth than any Wire album since 154. Sure the noise levels are still high on tracks like Two Minutes, but Wire have always done that superbly (remember 2 People in a Room on 154?), but the big re-discovery here is the unique melodies they could always pull out in their early days. Indeed, tracks like Clay and Please Take would not be out of place on the clssic Chairs Missing album. Something wonderful has happened to ignite their love of song again, and we should all be very grateful. To think that these guys are in their 50's yet can still provide the most interesting, exciting and downright vital album of the past 12 months. One for both old fans and new alike, this is a triumph.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph 7 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
Imagine it's 1981 and EMI, despite the disappoinment of failing to break a band of much potential decide to give it one more go.

Imagine it's 1981 and a band, clearly frustrated by their lack of recognition decide not to make strange experimental music but put their efforts into one more album with the grace of their record company.

Instead it's 2011 and thirty years, a slew of strange records, experiments of all kinds - some easy to listen, some utterly baffling and almost wilfully obtuse - decide to make a pretty conventional record. The kind that their fans would instantly recognise as quintessentially Wire. 40 minutes of almost conventionally structured songs that could be written by no one else but the likes of Colin Newman, et al.

It's called "Red Barked Tree" and it's got all the hallmarks of a what a band called Wire might have made if they'd decided on something conventional in 1981. Their shadow cast long over the music of the subsequent 3 decades, this is the reocrd their imitators and disciples would have wanted them to make. They've put eleven wonderful, spiky, sometimes a little more jangly than previously heard, edgily brilliant songs on an album you'd expect from a band called Wire would make, yet you never thought they would.

Wonderfully unmistakeable this is an utter triumph. As good an introduction to their early work as any of their first three albums could be. Many of the things which has made their influence so large are here. For a fan of the band, a must own. For the curious a wonderful entry point to a band who may just be embarking on another golden age.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My first Wire since 154
I ask myself, why, I'd stop listening to Wire?
I don't know cos they're still as original and unique as their style has always allowed them to be. Fantastic
Published 8 months ago by Tim O'flaherty
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Mighty and Beautiful. Subtly Soft and Powerful. It's WIRE.
and it's a Brilliant album.
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I've found something, reviewed it seemed, I should have known better, my god their so gifted, my advice is simple ...

buy it.
Published 24 months ago by CeeJay
5.0 out of 5 stars Wire - Red Barked Tree (the vinyl experience)
Wire's latest is up with their best. The first side (of the vinyl release)combines instantly appealing and catchy tunes with some edgy lyrical content (Please Take / Bad Worn... Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2011 by Mr. John Jeffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Ditto what he said
Can't be better said then these fine fellows' comments already. Go see 'em live and join the Wire cult.
Published on 7 Jun 2011 by Mr. J. Crook
5.0 out of 5 stars Wire - Red Bark Tree
I must confess to not 'being into' Wire at their heyday, in fact and to my great shame, I'ld never even heard of them until Mark Radcliffe * Stuart Maconie played the 'sanitized'... Read more
Published on 20 April 2011 by Paul Cox
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An amalgam of ideas coalescing from the firnament of Chairs Missing and the more glacial Ideal Copy. Read more
Published on 5 April 2011 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!
I can't believe how great this record is. I have been following Wire through all their phases, since the 80s at most times disappointed about the songs and arrangements. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2011 by Bernd
5.0 out of 5 stars If only they got the recognition they are due...
Firstly, I must state that I agree with all the other five star reviews.

An album of music of this quality shouldn't be possible from three men who have been a group... Read more
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