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The Pop Group / Sleaford Mods
Nations / Face To Faces

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7" on Freaks R Us. Implausible / remarkable team up here from Norman favourites Sleaford Mods and The Pop Group: a split 7” giving us a track from each. The Sleaford selection is an (even) rougher version of a track from their forthcoming album, and Mark Stewart’s boys give us one from their latest. On Freaks R Us.…view full details.

Thee Oh Sees
Mutilator Defeated At Last

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8/10 according to our Hayley on 21st May 2015

Prolific Californian noisemakers Thee Oh Sees are back and thankfully sounding louder than ever: 2014’s ‘Drop’ was a comparatively mellow and varied offering following John Dwyer’s move from San Francisco to LA and his intention to take a “well deserved break”, making fans wonder if the days of heavy psych and…view full details.

Sleaford Mods
Key Markets

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Indies only GREEN coloured vinyl LP on Harbinger Sound. Just as the UK goes back to the ballot box, our favourite agit-prop duo return with 'proper' album number three. Named after a particularly gruesome sounding supermarket in Grantham in the '70s and '80s, the album contains further ruminations on the disorientation of modern existence and the pointlessness of government politics. "It's a classic," they say...and from the sound of l…view full details.

The Fall
Sub-Lingual Tablet

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 8th May 2015

The Fall are increasingly beginning to resemble that eccentric elderly relative that you visit from time to time - you are amused by their oddities, glad they are still around but you wouldn’t want to spend too much time in their company. There hasn’t been a great Fall album in quite a few years now though I saw them play a s…view full details.

Jim O'Rourke
Simple Songs

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6/10 according to our Clinton on 14th May 2015

Be careful what you wish for. Many of us have spent years hoping and praying Jim O’Rourke would stop all this noise/improv nonsense and get back to making albums as great as ‘Insignificance’ and ‘Eureka’. Now that his first album of songs since 2001 is here it has faced what we could call a mixed response in the off…view full details.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Quarters

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9/10 according to our Robin on 21st May 2015

Clint’s insistent belief that psych rock is the greatest genre of all time and that we must protect it at all costs became suspect to me long ago, and the final nail in the coffin probably came when I saw King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard name their last record ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’, a terribly on-the-nose phrase tha…view full details.

Zone Six
Love Machine

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7/10 according to our Robin on 19th May 2015

It’s the usual from Zone Six, here, if you can call music made on the heels of an eleven year hiatus “the usual”; on ‘Love Machine’, the band continue to drive the same intuitive and meandering solos through a rhythm section as straight as a highway. Guitars and synth coalesce, unravel and then float forever, but yo…view full details.

Michael Head and The Strands
The Olde World

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LP on Megaphone. The Olde World is an accompaniment to the reissue of Michael Head and The Strands’ classic The Magical World of The Strands. Apparently there was enough unused material from that album’s sessions that this whole record could be crafted from the remnants, making this interesting both as an alternate perspective and as an album in its own right.…view full details.

The Eccentronic Research Council
Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine…... I’m Your Biggest Fan

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LP + limited 12" EP + CD on Without Consent. A really remarkably strange conceptual album here from The Eccentronic Research Council, in which a fictional fan of a fictional band explores their obsession through music. Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine… I’m Your Biggest Fan is released on CD, or in a special vinyl edition with a bonus EP from the fictional band (‘played’ by …view full details.

Mohammad
Segonde Saleco

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9/10 according to our Ant on 14th May 2015

Greek chamber doom trio Mohammad have been operating since 2009, releasing albums on their own Antifrost imprint and brought to a wider audience in 2013 with their excellent ‘Som Sakrifis’ LP on PAN. Here they complete their ‘34ºN-42ºN/19ºE-29ºE Study’…view full details.

FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks)
FFS

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Heavyweight vinyl 2LP on Domino. Definitely not enough of this kind of thing happening these days: a totally implausible collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, excellently titled FFS. The self-titled album brings us something more than just a blend of Franz’s indie-rock and Sparks camp-pop: this has plenty of both, but ends up as something fre…view full details.

Holly Herndon
Platform

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9/10 according to our Jim on 13th May 2015

Holly Herndon has generated a considerable buzz since she released ‘Movement’ on RVNG intl. in 2012. Her music seems to straddle progressive electronica, contemporary pop and avant garde composition; all bundled together with a hefty conceptual dose of technological evangelism. Describing ‘Platform’ is her ‘paradisi…view full details.

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Sharron Kraus
Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers

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7/10 according to our Robin on 19th May 2015

Unless you live in Bon Iver’s house, listen to this outside. Sharron Kraus’ folkloric stylings and lush traditionalist arrangements are to be synched up with whatever nature you can get your hands on. I am currently a treacherous miscreant in so far as I am listening to her windswept folk music from the conf…view full details.

Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury
Ex Machina - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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8/10 according to our Laurie on 14th May 2015

Hmmm. How to review a soundtrack for a film that you really want to see? Well, for starters, I’m going to confine it to the ‘score’ disc only, the bonus material can remain your surprise. Grasp of the plot only goes so far as ‘AI goes wrong’, but at least Geoff Barrow is an anchor to the familiar. The Bristolian pro…view full details.

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Lightning Bolt
Fantasy Empire

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7/10 according to our Robin on 26th March 2015

Lighting Bolt have done a lot with their caustic noise over the years, and while they’ve taken us through many dissonant journeys and shown us just how many different shades there are to abrasive avant-garde, there’s always been something accessible running through their music. Call it the Animal C…view full details.

The Debutantes
Adams Apples / Kids

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 22nd May 2015

When I reviewed the Debutantes previous tape I said they sounded a bit like September Girls...little knowing that actual September Girls were involved in it somehow. Anyway listen carefully to opener ‘Adams Apples’ then you can just about hear a tune nestling under all the sludge. Yes you…view full details.

SWANS
SWANS

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Limited reissue 12" EP on Mute.. The SWANS EP is the first ever release from those lovely SWANS guys, released back in 1982. Interesting to hear this now with the great weight of their work in the following 30+ years: less brutal and more no-wavey, but still dominated by that heavy grinding mono-rhythm and the shouts of Gira. Reissued 12” on Mute Records.…view full details.

The KVB
Mirror Being

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8/10 according to our Robin on 20th May 2015

Nothing says cold and calculated like a grayscale picture of pillars holding up a huge empty room, so props to the KVB for accurately prefacing their record. As someone who hates pillars and considers them arbitrary to our particular office’s structure, I’m relieved that this record is everything you could possibly want from our favo…view full details.

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Hot Chip
Why Make Sense?

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3/10 according to our Laurie on 13th May 2015

A frail CD drops onto my dusty review pile, its sense of importance emanating in strong cloudy waves. You can almost smell the festival tent arenas through the omnipresent cardboard and coffee whiff that graces Norman Towers daily. The dust clears, and a robotic voice proclaims “Huarache Lights”. It’s saying the name of the fir…view full details.

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Pye Corner Audio
Stars Shine Like Eyes / Quasar ll

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7/10 according to our Laurie on 14th May 2015

“I like corners. You can skulk in them and no-one knows you’re there” - Phil, 5 minutes ago. As the sinister melodies of ‘Stars Shine Like Eyes’ drift into aural view, I can’t help but see the Norman overseer crouching in the corner of a PCA gig doing his Tom Waits impre…view full details.

Carlton Melton
Out To Sea

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Deluxe gatefold 2LP + CD + poster on Agitated. Out To Sea by Carlton Melton sees the band growing their psychedelic palette with a thundering rhythm section, cosmic guitar riffs, searing solos and analog synth action wrapped in an ethereal prog bubble. Fans of The Heads, Parson Sound, Bardo Pond and Faust, among others will dig this. It's pressed on d…view full details.

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Jim O'Rourke
Eureka

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Kraftwerk
Kraftwerk 2 (Green Cone)

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Produced, recorded and mixed 26.9. - 1.10.1971 at Star Musik Studio (Ralf Arnie), Hamburg. Tracklisting:A1           Klingklang (17:36)A2           Atem (2:57) B1           Strom (3:52)B2           Spule 4 (5:20)B3       &nb

Paul Giovanni
The Wickerman Original Soundtrack

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Limited white vinyl repress LP on Silva Screen. Edition of 1000 copies. The soundtrack to the deliciously creepy British classic The Wicker Man has had a varied and interesting past: long story short, musical director Paul Giovanni’s ideal soundtrack album has never been widely available before on vinyl. Traditional folk with pitch-dark undercurrents, very atmospheric. On white vinyl, thanks to Silva Screen.…view full details.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Multi-Love

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9/10 according to our Robin on 21st May 2015

Behold ‘Multi-Love’, wherein Unknown Mortal Orchestra get out of the psych pop game and take up a nice suburban retirement listening to Prince; wherein they forget the high-minded art practices and sing La La La La, La La La La, because it feels good; wherein their studio sounds like an open-air funk fair…view full details.

Hans Zimmer
Interstellar Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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180g vinyl gatefold 2LP on Music On Vinyl. According to composer Hans Zimmer, the only information he was given before having to come up with the basic idea, in one day, for the score for ‘Interstellar’, was an envelope from director Christopher Nolan with a note saying “Once we become parents, we can’t help but look at ourselves through the eyes of our children.” Zimmer went on to conduct 45 scoring sessions for …view full details.

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Joanna Gruesome
Peanut Butter 

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9/10 according to our Robin on 29th April 2015

Yes to this band. They are the reason I can’t tell the difference between noise rock and twee pop, and they are the reason I feel swathes of nostalgia and joy among distortion and thrash. ‘Peanut Butter’ is a pretty good name for one of their records: texturally it can be a total mess, but that’s the delight -- they …view full details.

Jamie xx
Gosh

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6/10 according to our Laurie on 6th May 2015

Let me introduce to you, the music folk, the newly-gentrified Jamie XX with a track called ‘Gosh’ on an obnoxiously decadent/immoral single sided 12”. Originally inspired by an exclamation by one of those hotshot socialites on Made In Chelsea, ‘Gosh’ sees the beatier X on home turf, vocal chops ‘n’ all.…view full details.

The Cribs
Different Angle

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Limited neon pink vinyl 7" on Sonic Blew. Edition of 500 copies. The Cribs recently fired a new album at you, and in case you didn’t get the message, here is album track Different Angle released as a neon pink 7” single. On the B-side there is a totally exclusive track, ‘Orange Star Rattle’, so Cribs fans better move fast: only 500 copies out there!…view full details.

Kraftwerk
Kraftwerk 1 (Red Cone)

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Classic LP 'reissued' on red vinyl via Crown. That’s right kids, those super-early Kraftwerk albums that the band have tried to erase from history by doggedly refusing to anthologise them! In a sense you can understand, as this doesn’t fit the pure electronic ethos of later records, but the ‘Red Cone’ record is an excellent album in its own right, involving a lot of flute and being very interes…view full details.

Telegram
Aeons

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7" on Gram Gram. 7” on Gram Gram. Telegram are a band in it’s youth, 18 months old and Aeons is their second single on 7”. The title tracks is a speedy spacey krautrock affair, whilst the B-side has their take on Brian Eno’s Needles In The Camel’s Eye. Citing their love of Roxy Music and Syd Barrett you can’t go far wrong i…view full details.

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Klaus Johann Grobe
The Sound Of Salvation

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9/10 according to our Mike on 27th February 2013

Here’s a very limited 10” of very good krautrock from the young and mysterious Swiss duo Klaus Johann Grobe, who have come from nowhere with this homemade collection of repeato-pop gems which instantly ooze quality. The formula is pretty basic - simple, live drumbeats, warm and fruity bass loops, simple synth lines and detached Germa…view full details.

Sleaford Mods
Austerity Dogs

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10/10 according to our Nathon on 16th November 2013

Months ago, back when I first started seeing this album on this site, I had it judged by its cover, title and band name. "Brilliant," I thought, "more wannabe 'Mod' twats selling that line about how important it is in working class culture to wear a sharp coat." Fully expecting it to contain the latest forgettable rehash of crappy Mod nostalgia,…view full details.

Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson
Live at L'Étrange Festival 2004

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9/10 according to our Laurie on 30th January 2015

This ‘Homage to Derek Jarman’ is really a triple homage in itself. Obviously a cementation of the mastery of one of the original Throbbing Gristle noiser, the music by association contains the DNA of Jhon Balance and the theatrical patience of director Jarman himself, with whom Sleazy collabora…view full details.

Jamie xx
In Colour

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LP on Young Turks. In Colour is the debut album by Jamie xx, from the Mercury Music Prize winning band, The xx. Over the past six years Jamie xx has worked with and re-worked the likes of Radiohead, Alicia Keys and Florence & The Machine but his crowning glory must be the reworking of Gil Scott Heron’s I…view full details.

Kenji Kawai
Ghost In The Shell

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Limited reissue LP on Binyl. Ghost in the Shell is an undisputed masterpiece of anime history. Here at Norman Records, we firmly believe that at least half of any movie is its soundtrack, which is why we are overjoyed with the reissue of Kenji Kawai’s tense, subtle and esoteric soundtrack. Can people love machines? Because we sure as hell love our turntables.…view full details.

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Golden Gunn
Golden Gunn

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8/10 according to our Robin on 20th May 2015

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Steve Gunn and Mr. Hiss of the Golden Messengers had joined the Strokes, on the basis of that album artwork; in reality, though, they’ve teamed up to weave a terse strand of psychedelia into a rather pretty folk sound that just comes naturally. Originally released …view full details.

Faith No More
Sol Invictus

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LP on Reclamation Recordings / Ipecac. The eighteen-year wait for a follow-up to Album Of The Year is finally over! Faith No More return with their new album, Sol Invictus. The album features the singles Motherfucker and Superhero. I’m guessing that fans will be clambering over each other to get their hands on one of the 750 copies of the limited edition gold vinyl (which are now sold …view full details.

The Vaccines
Dream Lover

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Limited blue coloured vinyl 7" on Columbia. In advance of English Grafitti, their forthcoming new album, The Vaccines have laid out a sample track for you, in the form of this Dream Lover 7”. They’ve slowed down and spaced out a little since their earlier thrashings: they are still sounding pretty Vaccines-y though. And the vinyl is blue!…view full details.

Valet
Nature

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8/10 according to our Clinton on 22nd May 2015

The opening track ‘Sunday’ on this unassuming looking album sounds so much like a track off Slowdive’s ‘Pygmalion’ that you can see why the people at Kranky snapped the Kit Kat when they heard it. It features washes of Cocteau’s-like guitar, ethereal female vocals soaring away be…view full details.

Cosmic Ground
Deadlock / Decay

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8/10 according to our Robin on 14th May 2015

Let’s kick back with some komische, folks. Cosmic Ground is the project of Dirk Jan Muller, a psychedelic artist more interested in the genre’s stretched out electronic disciplines. “Deadlock”, the first piece to feature on this record, is an analogue-based drone founded on warm but sharp tones, the kind that are performe…view full details.

SWR (Shaun Ryder)
Close The Dam

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12" on Demand Vinyl. Back on 8th JUNE. Shaun William Ryder once of Happy Mondays and Black Grape but now also known for UFO Documentaries, "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' and having teeth not quite as white as former bandmate Bez. Unlike Bez, Ryder is again making new music and this appears to be the first fruits. His distinctive gutteral bark is intact on these tracks produced by who is the nephew of Quincy Jones no less.…view full details.

Kraftwerk
Ralph & Florian

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Classic LP 'reissued' via Crown. That’s right kids, those super-early Kraftwerk albums that the band have tried to erase from history by doggedly not anthologising them! In a sense you can see why, as this doesn’t fit the pure electronic ethos of later records, but Ralph & Florian is a hell of a record in its own right, with drums and flute joining the early electronics. Komische bliss! Reissued by Cro…view full details.

Dalek
Absence

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9/10 according to our Brian on 29th November 2006

Keep 'em coming.....Think Public Enemy attacking an army of zombies armed with a gi-normous ghetto blaster spewing out huge chunks of amped up My Bloody Valentine-esque distortion then you may have been exposed to the new Dalek album, 'Absence' on Ipecap. Fuck me, this is dark, caustic stuff. Sinister, slo mo chainsa…view full details.

Sleaford Mods
Mr. Jolly Fucker / Tweet Tweet Tweet

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9/10 according to our Ian on 16th January 2014

As you may know,  Nottingham’s finest Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn aka Sleaford Mods have been creating a bit of a stir here at Norman HQ recently, it’s safe to say that these lads are definitely Marmite. This is a double A-side of two tracks that don’t feature on their ‘Austerity Dogs’ album so if…view full details.

Coil / Nine Inch Nails
Recoiled

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8/10 according to our Mike on 18th March 2014

Here's an interesting release. It's about 40 minutes' worth of Coil remixes of Nine Inch Nails songs including a version of 'Closer' that featured in the film 'Se7en', a sticker on the cover is keen to point out. Trent Reznor is known to be a huge fan of Coil's - How To Destroy Angels was even named after their first EP - but I wasn't aw…view full details.

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Curtis Harding
Soul Power

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LP on Epitaph. 35 year old guitarist, singer and songwriter Curtis Harding settled in Atlanta, Georgia after travelling all over the US with his family as a kid. Those travels helped gather musical inspiration for Soul Power, where he fuses southern garage rock with soul, blues and indie to make a soulful yet gritty rock album. Soul Power is available on vinyl LP and CD.…view full details.

Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels 2

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Ltd teal coloured 180g vinyl, deluxe gatefold 2LP inc. poster + sticker on Mass Appeal (Killer Mike and El-P) . The first Run The Jewels record capped a victory lap of a year for producer EL-P and rapper Killer Mike, who respectively released the bombastic 'Cancer 4 Cure' and poignant 'R.A.P Music' -- they then went on to release their collaborative self-titled record, which showed off the affection and understanding they share for each other'…view full details.

Cliff Martinez
Far Cry 4 - Original Soundtrack

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Limited multicoloured vinyl gatefold 3LP on Invada. Edition of 1500 copies. Total sketchy madness from Cliff Martinez with the Far Cry 4 - Original Soundtrack. I must say, I bloody love computer game music and this is no exception. It goes from some kitsch "middle-eastern" psy-trancey drum & bass into an atmospheric not-quite-traditional Indian and/or Indonesian vibe with tuned percussion. Always some industrial R…view full details.

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Wire
Wire

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7/10 according to our Clinton on 8th April 2015

They are still going. But there’s nothing wrong with that if they’ve still got something to say. Thing is, Wire’s taut mystery rock runs out of steam at times on this their 13th album. It starts off pretty fine, Wire these days peddle an usual kind of robotic rock. Their sound is a reserved, programmed take on rock musi…view full details.


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