Sure, Wire had its years of downtime through the latter '90s, but the band used them to secure the rights to its old records and start its own label. Last year, Wire resurfaced with two well-reviewed singles, which have been remixed and added to the band's first full-length in 10 years. And yes, it does dabble in "classic sound" reanimating, but only in the choppy riffs and scream/chant vocals. Otherwise, Send is a fascinating hybrid of Wire's various stages, with each consecutive song offering more processed beats and distorted vocals. It's an explosive modern techno-rock revamp, excluding a couple of misfires ("Nice Streets Above," "Half Eaten") that buzz a bit too far into late-'80s industrial terrain. Considering all the current fashionistas rebooting Wire's early influence, it's fun to see blokes pushing 50 lash out with the ferocity the new no wave often lacks.
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