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Read & Burn

4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EU IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000065CU9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By A Customer on 18 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is Wire's first recording as a quartet in god knows how long, but, for a bunch of old geezers (they've been around now for over 20 years), this, ahem, 'rocks' as they say. The seventeen minutes of this CD zips by with barely a pause for breath as a newly invigorated Wire rip into six new songs: their wilful artiness is still carefully preserved, but where their sound was perhaps a little frigid and delicate before, this is all three chords and maximum attitude. These guys may be old, but boy are they angry.
Wire have always been awkward and obtuse and this is no exception. Read & Burn is not as left field as their self-consciously experimental excursions on 'Manscape' and 'The Third Letter', but remember we're talking Wire here: it takes a certain kind of attitude to make a noise like 'Read & Burn', and, even if their collective sneer may seem a little parodic, you cannot fault the music. 'Read and Burn' sounds like a return to an earlier Wire incarnation, but faster, harder, louder. Looking for traditional pop song structure here won't get you very far, but that hardly matters - this is abrasive, exciting stuff, and doesn't hang around long enough to outstay its welcome. Colin Newman's atonal whine on 'I Don't Understand' is the antipathy of a pop vocal, where three chords is perhaps even too complex a notion to be concerned with. 'Germ Ship' is driving, direct pop, yet obtuse and strangely angular. Melody even rears its ugly head on 'The Agfers of Kodack', but only briefly. With Robert Gotobed back behind the kit, Wire have discovered that there is certainly more in the way of noise to explore within a traditional group make up: even some 21st century knob twiddling from Mr Newman can't disguise that this is essentially a punk record, and none the worse for it.
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By A Customer on 31 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
wire have consistently provided sublime surprises throughout their career in music.I first heard this expecting to be somewhat let down in expectation.I was utterly and totally wrong.They play like people half their age and transmit their message like an archer,practice has made (nearly) perfect.
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By A Customer on 31 Aug. 2003
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wire have consistently provided sublime surprises throughout their career in music.I first heard this expecting to be somewhat let down in expectation.I was utterly and totally wrong.They play like people half their age and transmit their message like an archer,practice has made (nearly) perfect.
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good mix of stuff some of which is on "Send" all blends in well together and is worth a punt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant EP, worth every cent 15 May 2008
By Said Head - Published on Amazon.com
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Read & Burn is a six part EP project in progress. 1 and 2 comprise, for the most part, their latest album Send, with RB 3 released with 4 new songs. If you have Send, like I do, I'd still recommend this, along with number 2; even though 7 of those songs on 1 and 2 were re-released on Send, they are still very worthy of getting-even if they are hard to find-for those few tracks. Also, if you have only the EP's, get Send, because the 4 other tracks unique to the LP are excellent pieces (I personally feel that instead of making an album to include 4 new tracks, they should have released an extra EP, along with re-releasing 1 and 2 so more people can get a hold of them).

If you can't find 1 and/or 2, and you want the rarer tracks, trying substituting the studio recordings for the live versions on The Scottish Play.
4.0 out of 5 stars one of their best 8 April 2016
By Derek DePrator - Published on Amazon.com
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this and 03 might be my favorite wire releases. I just love all these songs to death.
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