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Send

23 Apr 2003
3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Format: Audio CD
"Send" is louder, faster and more aggressive than anything Wire have ever done before. This may frighten people who still want the sound of '77; but any long time fan knows that Wire have no time for nostalgia. They've adopted a dense, grinding, industrial sound informed by dance and electronic music - whilst it sounds like a two guitar/bass/drums band, it's obvious that sounds have been looped, treated, and generally hammered into a new shape.
That's not to say that the Wire of old is absent. The band's trademark dugga-dugga-dugga riffs are present and correct, Colin Newman's vocals as deadpan and wry as ever - check out the hilarious "Comet" - and, as unlikely ever, his singing spikes the guitar noise with some sweeter melody.
"Send" is comprised of tracks taken from the previous "Read and Burn" EP's, as well as a few excellent new songs - the voyeuristic nightmare of "Being Watched", the sinister "You Can't Leave Now" and the hardcore dance stomp of "Half Eaten".
What could be an awkward half-step forward is in fact a powerful, in-your-face summary of one of Britain's most innovative bands delivering a sound kicking to fey indie-pop and punk nostalgia.
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I've just played the Read & Burns EP's and compared with them, I like this album 'Send' better.
Good structures and good production. It sounds less than just that wall of rock of the Read & Burn 01 & 02. It's crystalized better.

As a matter of fact this 'Send' is Read & Burn 03, but since that one exists by now, I'll call it:
Read & Burn C. It consists of the new numbers:
2 Mr. Marx's Tables (very impressive; the best of the 3rd coming of Wire (III), imo)
3 Being Watched (pretty much very good, edging Wire II, with the balls of Wire I)
9 You Can't Leave Now (brilliant, and so much better than even Wire I, comparible with 154 texture)
10 Half Eaten (Instrumental, with full and edgy guitar soundsape a la Wire)

Have listened all night to The Scottish Play, the very energetic musicmachine of Wire, and now, the next morning, I am enjoying the full production and the control Wire have over their songs in 'Send'. Great direction in shining glory. Not much you can play after this Wire album that doesn't become stale or flaw. Wire sets the targets high. Great compelling compilation of Wire III. More full in sound than Wire I (1977-1980), not as slick as the more electronic poppy Wire II (1986 - 1990), Wire is perfectioning their music, but not falling into the trap of being overproduced again. Full energetic subtle powertool-music ! Just fabulous...
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Takes more getting in to than some of the earlier Wire albums but has some absolute stonking tracks-particularly the opening 'The Art of Stopping' and 'Being Watched.' The drumming is intense, almost maniacal, the guitars concentrate on three-chord sheets of noise rather than solos, the vocals sound disembodied, almost abstract. I have reason to believe this is a classic record, taking punk principles and pushing them into outer space
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By Andy C on 28 May 2009
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I saw Wire as they developed..1976..1977..and on..
this is a return to those days in a sense, but never stay in those days develop..as wire have over the decades...nice record.
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