A sumptuous, sleek streamlined album racing through a moderne European pre collapsing wall landscape, arriving at exotic destinations and disembarking with grace, poise and elegance. Whereas everything previously was angular, doomed and distorted, this marked a signiicant shift into harmonic electronica.
The bark and bite of yore was replaced with multi layered vocal harmonics. They still managed to retain that trademark eerieness. Distorted harmonics placed to one side, Wire explored Dot Dash with enunciation, rather than mockney. This is another of those Berlin albums imbued with the motortecknik that Iggy and David caught in the Idiot and Low. A trip to Berlin and Wire are transformed from cold english aesthetes into joyful eerieness.
Berlin appears as the alchemy of the visiting artist. It is ironic that little has emerged from the German residents, but every outsider appears transformed and gilded by the stay. When the wall was in place it was an even more transformative atmosphere.
Subtle melodies abound whilst the lyrics are bite size streams of consciousness. It is not pop, nor particularly rock or experimental, it is above and beyond.
The CD incorporates all of the singles and for music 24 years old it translates well into the future.