Here’s an earlier post where I discuss the stages of Wire’s career
Wire’s last few records have been brilliant. They have found a second or third wind after periods of inactivity. WIRE’s vibe is more mellow than the two records that immediately preceeded it CHANGE BECOMES US and RED BARKED TREE
Wire’s new self-titled record is the circle coming round and meeting itself. The influence of Wire not only on punk and new wave and modern indy music but also on shoegaze is apparent. The music on this record reminds me of such late period shoegaze hybrids as the Engineers.
Shifting is the most radio catchy single the band has come up with since Ahead in 1986. Overall this record has a clean, relaxed sound but they also get back to their noisy agitated style on the longer tunes Sleep Walking and Harpooned .
Is this how aging agit punk pioneer s age? It’s a fine role model they are setting. In Manchester and Split Your Ends Wire rock out but are reflective of their past.
Nothing left to prove, Wire are now content to just produce great songs and lock in an out of quieter/faster grooves. I hope they keep this up!