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Boomkat Product Review:
After his dabblings with the Scanner collaboration, Githead, Colin Newman has been building up towards this brand new Wire album, as preceded by last November's Read & Burn 03 EP, which was the first new thing the band had done together since their Send album some five years ago. Object 47 reveals a very different band to the one responsible for Pink Flag, taking a more overtly melodic, approachable sound these thirty years on. While the same creative impetus is no doubt still in place, Wire have clear moved on from the days when they were regarded as the definitive avant-garde punk band. While traces of their jolting early form are present (the one-chord assault 'Hard Currency', for example), the electronically assisted production does tend to smooth over the edges rather too much. This is still Wire though, and you can hear some of what made them so important all those years ago in the likes of closer 'All Fours', the very epitomy of brash punk economy, with its pummelling, brilliantly tuneless barrage of pat-out words and guitar slashes.