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  1.  
    I got the lyrics as some burned PDFs (as in, essentially graphics files), so they were retyped and probably have the odd error lurking. If anyone else spots any, let me know. (Dead Weight was my screw-up. Numbered appears accurate to me though.)
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    I'm pleased Wire have had great reviews across the board too but I suspect some "elder statesman" deference is coming into play. I hope sales are satisfactory to generate further studio time. However I am having mixed feelings about this one.

    Somewhere, maybe on here or one of the reviews there was the notion it was “pop music for adults” - and that jars in me – some of the album it is getting close to a shade of AOR. It is quite a fun work, the tunes have zoom recalling some of the 80s better work (“Come back in 2 halves” comes to mind), I like it more than I dislike. But my preference, for what it is worth, is for Wire to be more aurally offensive – a bit more art obliqueness mixed in with the pop. Recent G Lewis solo works have this, Colin’s recent Githead and Malka works not so much and in this arc of work Wire is tending towards the latter. I have no knowledge of the inner working of Wire but perhaps it’s time again let the others to be creatively dominant every so often for all the problems that has caused in the past.

    So, while the album is a good 2016 stop-gap, to paraphrase Colin [on Bruce] in R&B book I am hoping the next album will be more a major art contribution to western culture.
    • CommentAuthorSlim says...
    • (CommentTimeMay 11th 2016 edited)
     
    In a way this album could have been call "Ghosts" or even "Echoes" because there are so many little distant echoes or even vague flavours from Wire's collective past, that's on top of the more overt past references. I must stress that this is no remake of past glories, it's not a collection of song trying to be older songs it just tugs at little threads in my head.

    Not that any of these little melodies or little phrases actually copy whats gone before they just whisper little suggests in your ear. I'll give you an example here, about half way through "Pilgrim Trade" there's a little keyboard chords which made me think about "Commercial Suicide", now I want to listen to that album. On the next track up, "Fish Bones", Graham's delivery makes me think of He Said's "Take Care", now I want to listen to some He Said. "Numbered", that's a track from "Send" only not so full on and intense, now I want to listen to "Send".

    For me it's the most satisfying Wire experience I had the joy of listening to in quite a while and the whole effect of this album is that I want to listen to Wire, some Wire, any Wire, I want it all and I want it right now. But first, before anything else it's time for "Nocturnal Koreans" again and maybe again.
  3.  
    Nice contribution Slim. Agreed.
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    So I have just finished listening to NK for the past week or so. I really like it. "Sublime" is a word that I might use. It doesn't really knock you over the head but the rhythms and sounds appeal to me. I also enjoy the lyrics. I also work several Korean-American nurses at my job and they found the title amusing. I liked the last self-titled collection, but I enjoy Graham's singing especially as a counterpoint to Colin's vocals and was disappointed that he had no main singing performances on "Wire." It is great to hear him more involved vocally with NK. I am a little confused though by Colin's recent comments that hinted at unusual sounds and experimentation on these NK tracks. They sound like pretty standard Wire fare to me. I also seem to hear echoes of Object 47 and A Bell Is A Cup... on many of the tracks. All in all, a great release. Wire never disappoints (though I don't play Manscape very often) 8-P

    Harold
    San Jose, CA
  5.  
    manscape is great! HGREY! give it more of a chance. listen to it on shuffle. also, i loved grahams vocals, they seem to honestly be getting better w/ age.
  6.  
    Alright Julia. I'll give Manscape another try for your sake :)
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    Hi Julia. To me, listening to Manscape is utter frustration. The tunes are great but the mix is terrible and the album sounds dull. I can't play it without thinking "O man, if only...". If there's one Wire album that deserves a complete remix/remastering, it's Manscape. All IMHO, of course ;)
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    I've played Nocturnal Koreans to death these past few weeks. A nice unexpected bonus coming so soon after the last album, but probably stops just short of being one of Wire's GREAT records. Internal Exile is my personal favourite.
  9.  
    Is there a record somewhere of who wrote which lyrics? Or, more simply, did Colin write any of the lyrics here?
  10.  
    The credits on the back of the CD state that Colin wrote text for Dead Weight and Numbered, with Graham responsible for the rest.

    I rarely make a definitive judgement on a Wire album so early on but initially it seems a very strong opening 4. And you have to be impressed when each new release contains something that you think is up there with their best work (currently thinking 'Internal Exile').
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    I agree, when "Internal Exile" was previewed I was actually a little disappointed in it, as I didn't think it was as strong as the title track, but at this point it's my favorite on there.
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    I also agree that even if an album isn't wall to wall great it's still a great achievement if it has one or two things up there with the good stuff. Currently I'm still a little less than convinced about NK as a whole, I mean I like all of it but if we're making judgments about its status in the big picture, but I still haven't listened to it as much as the last several albums either. The 2015 album for me is up there with anything, and the best stuff on NK is up there with that.
  13.  
    I'd have Change Becomes Us as their finest single body of work since 154
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    Hi !

    Has anyone more insight about the fact, that there is no lyrik-sheet coming even with the vinyl? I think, it started with xy (what ever the first send compilation on vinyl was called.) It is a good think to have the lyrics online, but i for shure would pay a quid more, if i do not have to open the vinyl everytime to find it empty and ähhr, have to go onlline, copy the lyrics, print them, and then, only then start to listen.

    It makes some sort of sense, that the vinyl is not 180g. And I know it does not make that much sense anymore to buy vinyl if it is produced digitaly anyway, (and only some are guaranteeing, that it is mastered for vinyl separatly) but still, if.. then i want the lyrics printed too. (But then i want many things, ... .)

    (All so anoying, Grahams last solos had them printed, the latest Hox didn't had them, ...)

    Do others have thoughts on this too?