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20 Jazz Funk Greats
20 Jazz Funk Greats
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Radio Friendly Unit Shifter, 13 Jan. 2004
This review is from: 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Audio CD)
TG eschewed the barrages of noise documented by their Annual Reports for one shot at a commercial record. 'Twenty Jazz Funk Greats' shows a quieter side to the band but is still riddled with the sickness that informed their obsessions and interests. The sleeve is a slickly corporate shot of the type that the band liked to produce but is informed by the fact that it was shot at Beachy Head, a major suicide location in the UK. The music is more like the later work of Chris and Cosey and Peter Christopherson's Coil than the Annual Reports or '24 Hours', mostly utilising 70s synths and beatboxes. It remains the friendliest point of access into TG apart from the posthumous 'Greatest Hits'.


The First Letter
The First Letter

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So and Slow it Grows, 13 Jan. 2004
This review is from: The First Letter (Audio CD)
Wire continued their exploration of electronics with their second LP of the 1990s. Reforming without drummer Robert Gotobed, who had been deprived of work on 'Manscape' and its subsequent tour, they consequently dropped a letter and became Wir (pronounced 'wire'). 'The First Letter' continues the easy science of 'Manscape' and Colin Newman and Graham Lewis's explorations of computer music which found later outlet in Lewis's He Said projects and Newman's swim~ label. There is however little of the pop sensibility that informs Wire's best works here, and while Newman can't resist bending kinky words to a catchy tune as always, 'So and So it Grows' (a joint Lewis/Newman construct, oddly enough) is really the only notable tune in the collection.


Manscape
Manscape

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Free speech and more TV, 28 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Manscape (Audio CD)
Wire hooked machines to their wagon and created a dirty variant on electropop that casually blew their labelmates Depeche Mode out of the water in 1990. Armed with cheap Casio synths, LED lit Bond guitars, Paul Smith suits and a bitter taste in their mouths, Manscape phase Wire should have placed their pop hooks in the ugly rockface of music and dripped their bile on more pop kids than they did. 'Manscape' is full of tunes and hooks that deliver Wire's most political lyrics in a tech-pop soundfield that should have started another revolution in the way that 'Pink Flag' did. However, in 1990 not enough people were listening and 'Manscape' is another chapter in Wire's strange history.


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