Wire are generally the most forward-thinking of veteran post-punk bands yet even they can't help but look to the past for inspiration. Change Becomes Us came about when they decided to revisit tracks that had only been played once or twice back in their late '70's heyday and re-work them into new tracks. The result is a varied and inspired album that, like the band itself, refuses to sit still in one genre. 

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Change Becomes Us by Wire
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6/10 Ian 22 March 2013

Post-punk legends Wire release their thirteenth studio album ‘Change Becomes Us’ and a lot has happened in music since their 1977 debut ‘Pink Flag’, yet Wire have tried their best to change with the times but still retain a signature sound. Most of these songs are sketches of ideas based on live performances from 1979/80 but sound surprisingly modern, the general spiky post-punk sound that Wire have garnered over the years is still there but has a more “new-wave” sound to it, especially on ‘Re-invent Your Second Wheel’ and ‘B/W Silence’ that have a scent of Cocteau Twins about them!

Original members Colin Newman and Graham Lewis still remain and stay loyal to their ever growing fanbase with energetic punk tracks like ‘Stealth Of A Stork’ which sounds like classic Wire. ‘Magic Bullet’ however has a hint of The Police in there and the overuse of the robot-from-the-future vocal effect can get a little annoying but then ‘Eels Sang’ is back to familiar territory. With so many bands from the 90’s onward that have been influenced by Wire it’s hard to tell who the REAL Wire are but then when these old fellas come back with a new album it’s quite easy to weed out the pretenders. ‘Change Becomes Us’ is no real contender for best Wire album ever but it has all the trademarks there to please all the die-hard fans, a special edition on vinyl will be available on Record Store Day April 20th 2013 also!



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