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Red Barked Tree

10 Jan 2011

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  • Original Release Date: 10 Jan. 2011
  • Label: pinkflag
  • Copyright: 2011 pinkflag
  • Total Length: 39:03
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  • ASIN: B004G1P11W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,773 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andy H on 13 Mar. 2011
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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 25 people found the following review helpful By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2011
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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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steve Gallagher on 13 Jan. 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Cox on 20 April 2011
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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' version on Radio 2. They commented on how well the cleaned up version came across so I had to listen to the track as it was intended. I bought the album and WOW, fantastic. Gritty, punchy, little bit sweary - so don't play it to yer granny, some really good sounds going on (some of the bass left me quite emotional, especially on headphones) and I'm left wondering what I missed out in my youth....
If you have any doubt about this, buy the album, it won't break the bank, if you don't like it, sell it on. I doubt I will see many pre-owned copies up for sale.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Miller on 22 Jan. 2011
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Reportedly, a recording engineer for this album made a comment to the band regarding how large the sound was for music featuring only three people. Such is the case. It is amazing only three musicians created this "big" album.

The one drawback this, and material since Send have, is the lack of lead guitarist, Bruce Gilbert, but Wire have made the best of the situation with Colin Newman's "lead" rhythm guitar, unusual for most bands, but not Wire. And he is admirably supported by the traditional rhythm section, bassist Graham Lewis and drummer Robert Grey. It should be noted Lewis has contributed some of his finest Wire material ever to include excellent lyrics.

Wire's previous non-Gilbert album, Object 47, was an excellent outting, but felt more like a Newman/Lewis collaboration than a traditional Wire album. That still made it better than most other albums released that year. On Red Barked Tree however, Wire sounds like Wire again... a very strong release. All of the tracks are quite memorable and become familiar after only a couple of listenings. And the final title track is acoustic... perhaps the first time for Wire and a remarkable high-point.

This is a fine album that can be recommended to long-time followers of this band as well as newcomers as it lives up to Wire's potential... one of the best bands of all time.
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