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Red Barked Tree

Wire

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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.

Customer Reviews

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.

AWESOME ALBUM

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.
GREAT JOB GUYS CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU AT THE MIDDLE EAST IN APRIL

Completely and utterly Wire.

Wire has done it again. They've recorded another completely and utterly Wire CD. "Red Barked Tree" infuses everything the band has been doing since their first full length release, "Pink Flag." It encompasses the entire gamut of sounds and concepts of a band that retains a relavance unmatched by many of their contemporaries. Though the late 80's and early 90's output may have been off putting to purists, it too has stood the test of time. This slab of lovely, mean, inspiring, confusing, chaotic, but entirely cohesive ditties is a godsend amidst the utter crap that we are forced to call music these days. Every track shines in its own light, but makes the whole all that more important. Thank you, Gents. Please don't go.

Biography

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, 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,...
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