So here we are with another band I know barely anything about. Yeah, with the exception of this album, I haven’t heard too much from Wire, but what I could gather is that they are a post-punk band that has been around since the 1970’s; probably an underground act. Tonight I’m going to review their self-titled album, let’s dive in. “Blogging” is the first track, starting us off with an undiscovered but rough riff, overlaid by mellow vocals. Although is it just me, or do the vocals sound modulated? It kinda detracts from the song to be honest. “Shifting” has more of a Cure vibe, with shimmering guitars, and a more upbeat sound. “Burning Bridges” contains more of the same, maybe even a bit more upbeat than the last track. There’s even some nice guitar licks, although not particularly impressive. “In Manchester” has a nice riff, and even some good vocals, although that modulation effect is still there. “High” is more of the same, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s also pretty short, barely hitting the 2 minute mark. “Sleep-Walking” has a dystopian vibe at the beginning, with marching bass, and robotic vocals. These are intercut by a simple guitar riff. “Joust & Jostle” is probably the most upbeat track on this album. It has an extravagant riff, and even some energy within the vocals, which this album was missing in previous tracks. “Swallow” returns to the sound as heard in the earlier tracks, being mellow yet upbeat. It has a nice if not complicated riff, and nice vocals. “Split Your Ends” is more of the same, but is slightly heavier, especially during what I assume to be the chorus. “Octopus” has a riff that wouldn’t sound out of place in a grunge song, although the guitar sound probably negates that. This track probably has some of my favorite licks on this album. “Harpooned” is the final track, and it’s one of the few tracks to use distortion, which is a welcome change. It also has some pretty impressive soundscapes throughout, and is probably my favorite track on this album. Overall, there isn’t too much to say about this album, but with that said, I still enjoyed it. Give it a listen.
8 out of 10 - 27 minutes ago