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    There is definitely a T.Rex influence on this...

    https://soundcloud.com/wirehq/wire-diamonds-in-cups
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    "the bit that makes it "Special" is the book - the CD is the same"

    Yep. The SE is a premium hardback book again featuring extensive text, lyrics, and a load of photos of the band making the album. The actual CD, though, is identical to the one you get in the normal edition.
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    "Diamonds In Cups" sounds wonderful! An instant Wire classic as far as I'm concerned.
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    @Stephen Hope says "Short Elevated Period received a lukewarm response from the panel on Steve Lamacq's Roundtable show on 6Music tonight..Not even JJ Burnel from The Stranglers fully appreciated it"

    JJ seemed confused that Wire had 'gone pop' and admitted he only had Pink Flag so although he's a contemporary of Wire he clearly knows fuck all about them since Wire have been doing 'Pop' from the very beginning - and exactly what have The Stranglers done for the past 20 years other than play Punk revival gigs?
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    In the new edition of Uncut magazine, Colin voices his concern that there are too many mid-paced songs on the new album.

    Having heard a promo copy of Silver/Lead I think he has a point...
    • CommentAuthorjw says...
    • (CommentTimeMar 15th 2017)
     
    No I don't think that's true. One of the situations in previous recordings, to integrate Matt's sound into the group, this was done and one of the highlights of this new record is to involve more with the vocal content. The songs are not mid-paced at all in terms of the words and the content. It is a slow burn...
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    The songs do seem to inhabit a similar space but maybe on this record I don't see it as such a bad thing. I think every song has something going for it, there isn't a drab song in the bunch.
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    Slow burn may be the key phrase here, JW. Having listened to it a dozen times or so I do think the album is a definite grower. Won't say anything more until it's officially released