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1 review »Jesus. What are we supposed to do with this? These old-timers don't seem to realise what it was that was so special & unique about their debut album because since the early 80s, they've continually, unopologetically urinated liberally on their own legacy. Like, this new album? I can hear an essence (rare as you like) of their original spirit in some of the vocals, the choppy, abrasive stripped ... »

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6/10 Brian Staff review, 20 January 2011

Jesus. What are we supposed to do with this? These old-timers don't seem to realise what it was that was so special & unique about their debut album because since the early 80s, they've continually, unopologetically urinated liberally on their own legacy. Like, this new album? I can hear an essence (rare as you like) of their original spirit in some of the vocals, the choppy, abrasive stripped-back guitar work & the sparseness of the songs, but it's regularly buried beneath some awful contemporary "rock" production & squalling pyrotechnics which just render many of the tunes lumpen, ugly & ear-gratingly tedious. I can kinda see what they're trying to do. They're attempting to modernise their sound. Problem with 'Content' is it sounds like it's trying to be an edgy, dynamic record but often comes across as dated & unweildly sounding. The rhythm section is more than competent yet seems very generic & dull. Beyond that, the odd moment of potential greatness is usually smothered in unneccasary effects or crap electro-funk touches. The new Wire album showcased a legendary post-punk band on pretty good form but aside from a couple of moderately decent foot tappers this GO4 return results in a rather unloveable album which I reckon will be heralded by few. I would love to be proved wrong? Frustrating!!




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