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British post-punk pioneers Wire are still at it, and Red Barked Tree makes a neat dozen LPs by the band (well, the remaining 3/4s of the group) since their inception back in 1976. After the hard-edged Send and the satisfying-but-not-quite-spectacular Object 47, the surprisingly powerful Red Barked Tree is a record fans will likely see rise to the top half of their Wire favorites list. The taut, grinding, hypnotic grooves that define the band’s sound are here (“Two Minutes,” “Moreover,” “Smash”), as is the group’s trademark dark, unsettling neo-pop (“Adapt,” “Please Take,” “Clay,” “A Flat Tent”).  Red Barked Tree has more in common with 154 and Chairs Missing than with their seminal debut, Pink Flag, and those atmospheric tones are in full employ on the beautiful “Down to This” and the brooding title track; both are created in the shadowy, art-rock hues of gray and black that colored the band’s early work, but there’s a clarity and freshness that is exhilarating. Wire once again thrills longtime fans, and shows younger indie kids how it’s done.

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Wired for life.

I guess will be listening til we die. Long live the FAll, Wire, Buzzcocks. (We'll see if you can say the same about the crap you listen to today, forty years from now.) Remember how the Sex Pistols album was on your turntable for a month. Doesn't happen anymore does it? Stop Searching...You've had it all along.


All i can say is i enjoyed the whole album from the first note to the last... has classic punk sounds to it... yet is perfectly suited for now.
I have to say this is in my top 10 albums for 2010 and i look forward to listening to it all through he next year.


I discovered this band back in 1979 when their album 154 came out. Loved them since.....but honestly maybe lost track. When I saw this release on iTunes, it was with a lot of hesitation that I listened to it.....just hoping they would not be an old band reuniting for money and putting out something cringingly embarrassing. Well all doubts and worries were totally needless. Red Barked Tree made me one of the happiest men on the planet. This is a piece of work my friends. I really ....I mean REALLY love it. I am so grateful that bands like this can continue to create so refreshingly. I'd call this a masterpiece.....but it's only a few weeks old. But if you've been a long time Wire fan....this is one of those...."BUY WITHOUT HESITATION" listenings. Do it NOW!

Thanks Wire!!


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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