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Object 47 CD (2008)

Artist: Wire

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In the 5 years since the release of their last album Send (in May 2003) Wire have expounded, reviewed, contracted, lain dormant, recovered, expanded and through all that have shed an old skin and grown a new one. Wire is not the same as it was before but then Wire is never the same as it was before.

Object 47 (the 47th object in Wire's discography) is nonetheless only Wire's 11th studio album. It is the 2nd product of an arc of work began in 2006 which has so far thrown up the rather well received EP Read and Burn 03 (from which no tracks appear) and stands as a confident statement of where Wire are in 2008. As ever looking forward! While retaining Wire's idiosyncratic mix of an avant-garde mindset with classic pop timing this album boasts "tunes with zoom" a unique formula that somehow manages to sound wholly Wire (in a classic sense) and wholly contemporary.

Track Listing
1. One of Us
2. Circumspect
3. Mekon Headman
4. Perspex Icon
5. Four Long Years
6. Hard Currency
7. Patient Flees
8. Are You Ready?
9. All Fours


Label Pink Flag Records/revolver Usa
SKU 208239518
UPC 655035004723
UPC 14 00655035004723
Format CD
Release Date 7/15/2008
Author Wire
ReviewSource PopMatters
Review Wire is a great band who have often been daunting to approach, so the really dazzling thing about Object 47 is just how approachable and digestible it is. It may not be the best album of their career (it's hard to tell, this early on), but barring maybe Chairs Missing it's the one I'd hand to someone curious about the band, and it's a staggering achievement given that, for example, by this point in their career the Rolling Stones were making Voodoo Lounge. Wire instead have an album that accessible but still richly rewarding to fans. You'll be singing along to the soaring chorus of "Perspex Icon" after the first listen, and even maliciously chanting nouns with "Patient Flees". Opener "One of Us" carries on a proud tradition of fairly hilarious bitchiness on the band's part, marrying a bouncy sing-song chorus to Newman's vow "One of us will live to rue the day we met each other", and "Circumspect" follows it up by badgering the listener until they're not sure of anything that just happened. "Can you tell me what you saw? Can you tell me what you thought you heard?", Newman drawls, and while I guess there's some political/every day resonance to that it's mostly just the kind of sinister fun you listen to Wire for.
Reviewer Ian Mathers
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Artist Wire
Music Format Compact Disc
Alternative Press The serrated serenades of Object 47 offer all the compact joys of past Wire classics...but amplified and digitalized for the internet age.
David Coleman, No Ripcord In the unlikely event that anyone doubted it, Object 47 is proof that Wire's edge remains as sharp as ever.
Garry Mulholland, Q Pleasingly this is Wire's best new music since their glory days in the late '70s.
Nick Reynolds, BBC Is there a sub-genre called 'intelligent, adventurous, 21st century rock n roll'? That's what I call Wire.
Sean O'Neal, The Onion A.V. Club ...a smartly sardonic piece of work on par with Wire's late-'70s heyday.

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