Abel Tesfaye's dark, twisted album is at odds with the glossy pop world he's been thrust into
Wire : Read & Burn
Original art-rock punks return...
As befits a band with an art-school background, Wire's music has remained a design classic. Influential in its time on the likes of Blur and Elastica, it's about shortness, sharpness and tunefulness, and these are qualities 'Read & Burn' has in abundance.
Well, not exactly abundance. Economy being a Wire trademark, these six songs come in at 17 minutes, but in this slim volume of three-chord thrashing (particularly in 'Germ Ship') there's proof that while punk may reside in middle age, in some quarters its vital signs have never shown more strongly.
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Oxford's finest flit between gnarly rock and frustrating slickness on an often-brilliant fourth album