13 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Adding touring guitarist Matthew Sims to Wire's studio adventure ensured that Change Becomes Us is among the most sonically rewarding albums in the band's catalog. The walls of sound are dense and packed with subtle variations hiding in the chaos. Never shy on strategy, Wire entered Rockfield Studios in Wales in the spring of 2012 to review the bits and pieces of unresolved songs it had often played at live shows back in 1979 and 1980; subsequent sessions at Colin Newman's Swim Studios broke open the codes. A rambunctious shout-out celebration from Wire's February 1980 concert at the Electric Ballroom in Camden called "Zegk Hoqp" morphed into the careful and beautiful "Re-Invent Your Second Wheel." "Love Bends" stems from an exercise Wire fans know as "Piano Tuner (Keep Strumming Those Guitars)"; both early songs appeared on the live album Document and Eyewitness. Change Becomes Us isn't a conceptual art project; it's a fully executed new album jammed with the melodic ideas that made Wire's first trio of albums stone classics, but the sound here ("As We Go," "& Much Besides") is beyond lush and detailed.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Adding touring guitarist Matthew Sims to Wire's studio adventure ensured that Change Becomes Us is among the most sonically rewarding albums in the band's catalog. The walls of sound are dense and packed with subtle variations hiding in the chaos. Never shy on strategy, Wire entered Rockfield Studios in Wales in the spring of 2012 to review the bits and pieces of unresolved songs it had often played at live shows back in 1979 and 1980; subsequent sessions at Colin Newman's Swim Studios broke open the codes. A rambunctious shout-out celebration from Wire's February 1980 concert at the Electric Ballroom in Camden called "Zegk Hoqp" morphed into the careful and beautiful "Re-Invent Your Second Wheel." "Love Bends" stems from an exercise Wire fans know as "Piano Tuner (Keep Strumming Those Guitars)"; both early songs appeared on the live album Document and Eyewitness. Change Becomes Us isn't a conceptual art project; it's a fully executed new album jammed with the melodic ideas that made Wire's first trio of albums stone classics, but the sound here ("As We Go," "& Much Besides") is beyond lush and detailed.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Arnuphis ,

155?

Comprising of some unused material from around 1980 and brought up to date, this almost sounds like a direct follow up to Wire's 1979 masterpiece '154'. Some of it you may have heard from the 'Document and Eyewitness' live album, but these songs are finally done justice with a warm production and polish. The result is a stand out album from a band who just get better and sound fresher with every release since the first 'Read & Burn' EP. Probably the best thing to come along so far this year, 'Change becomes us' is a treat for die-hard Wire fans and a great stepping on point for those finding them for the first time, even if they may be '23 years late'.

Hypotenuse ,

Oh My!

Wire doesn't merely rise like a phoenix, the band explodes in our future like a timed detonator supposedly dormant since its decade of strength. Speaking as one who had become complacent reminiscing with Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, 154, The Ideal Copy and Bell is a Cup, the release of Object 47, Red Barked Tree and now Change Becomes Us is jaw droppingly impressive and prescient. This release bridges the gap and makes older material new again and it resonates more than ever. Wire is a band for the ages. Get this and enjoy.

Colofish ,

Very nice!

Forget the new Depeche Mode and spend your hard earned money here. This is a solid and interesting album. Good songs, music and vocals!

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