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Album Review

Wire's first new full-length effort in eight years, The Ideal Copy is a stunning comeback picking up where 154 left off while also reflecting the strides made by the members' solo work. Finding its footing in dark, edgy dance rhythms and ominous digital textures, The Ideal Copy is experimental and forward-thinking, spanning from the buzzing melodies of "Ahead" and "Ambitious" to the taut minimalism of "Feed Me"; the record has its flaws, but its restless creative spirit and refusal to rest on past glories make it one of the few reunion efforts that actually matters.

Customer Reviews

Sonic Soup Materpiece

The Ideal Copy sounds just as incredible now as it did back then. So many fun and layered sounds eminate throughout this sprawling album. From the surging wave of "Ahead" to the lush leanings of "Madman's Honey". From the oddly infectious beat of "Ambitious" to the swirly weirdness of "Cheeking Tongues". From the droning ambience of "Up to the Sun" to the jarring "Feed me", this album has it all for those with a keen ear for something oddball yet beautiful at the same time.

Ideal copy is original.

Ambitious, Ahead, and A Serious Of Snakes are personal faves. Wire's best work since Pink Flag and not equaled again until the Read & Burn series. They seem to be promoting the concept of attraction being tied to being a genetic match in Ambitious. Perfect to crank up your next wastoid, thinking persons living room dance party.

Has it's own gravitational pull.

From start to finish, The Ideal Copy is a fresh lament on culture of the time.
Sublime and subversive, the tone of this album has resonated and remained relevant for almost thirty years.
Two Wire albums define the band for me: Pink Flag and The Ideal Copy.
Such a nerve has been struck.


Formed: 1976 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Wire emerged out of the British punk explosion but, from the outset and decades after, maintained a distance from that scene and resisted easy categorization. While punk rapidly became a caricature of itself, Wire's musical identity -- focused on experimentation and process -- was constantly metamorphosing. Their first three albums alone attest to a startling evolution as the band repeatedly reinvented itself between 1977 and 1979. That capacity for self-reinvention, coupled with a willingness to...
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