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Album Review

Colin Newman's first solo album in more than nine years, Bastard shows a mighty progression from 1988's It Seems. It should be said that Newman had hardly been silent during the interval, however; he was releasing material as Oracle and Immersion during the mid-'90s, which showed him working with electronica quite fluently. Bastard has all of this and more. Newman forsakes vocals completely, but does use guitar patterns from his days in Wire, along with much more melody than on most electronic releases. The result is an album with no concessions to song-based forms, but instead a willingness to use those styles to create diverting music.


Born: 16 September 1954 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Although Colin Newman is most readily associated with Wire, like bandmates Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis, he has undertaken numerous additional creative endeavors. Across a range of projects, the Wire guitarist/vocalist has consistently reinvented himself, venturing from post-punk art pop into ambient, electronic territory, along the way producing other artists and setting up his own label. Newman was born in Salisbury, England, in 1954 and attended Watford School of Art, where he studied under...
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