154

154

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by Wire
     
 

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Named for the number of live gigs Wire had played to that point, 154 refines and expands the innovations of Chairs Missing, with producer Mike Thorne's synthesizer effects playing an even more integral role; little of Pink Flag's rawness remains. If Chairs Missing was a transitional album…  See more details below

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Named for the number of live gigs Wire had played to that point, 154 refines and expands the innovations of Chairs Missing, with producer Mike Thorne's synthesizer effects playing an even more integral role; little of Pink Flag's rawness remains. If Chairs Missing was a transitional album between punk and post-punk, 154 is squarely in the latter camp, devoting itself to experimental soundscapes that can sound cold and forbidding at times. However, the best tracks retain their humanity thanks to the arrangements' smooth, seamless blend of electronic and guitar textures and the beauty of the group's melodies. Where previously some of Wire's hooks could find themselves buried or not properly brought out, the fully fleshed-out production of 154 lends a sweeping splendor to "The 15th," the epic "A Touching Display," "A Mutual Friend," and the gorgeous (if obscurely titled) "Map Ref. 41°N 93°W." Not every track is a gem, as the group's artier tendencies occasionally get the better of them, but 154's best moments help make it at least the equal of Chairs Missing. It's difficult to believe that a band that evolved as quickly and altered its sound as restlessly as Wire did could be out of ideas after only three years and three albums, but such was the case according to its members, and with their (temporary, as it turned out) disbandment following this album, Wire's most fertile and influential period came to a close. [The original 1989 CD issue by Restless Retro features four bonus tracks from an experimental EP issued with some copies of the vinyl LP.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/2007
Label:
Toshiba Emi Japan
UPC:
4988006841932
catalogNumber:
67935

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wire   Primary Artist
Colin Newman   Guitar,Vocals
Bruce Gilbert   Guitar,Vocals
Graham Lewis   Bass,Vocals
Tim Souster   Viola,Electric Viola
Robert Gotobed   Drums
Hilly Kristal   Bass (Vocal),Vocals
Mike Thorne   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Joan Whiting   Wind,Cor anglais
Kate Lukas   Flute,Alto Flute

Technical Credits

Colin Newman   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bruce Gilbert   Composer
Graham Lewis   Arranger,Producer,Concept
Robert Gotobed   Producer
Paul Hardiman   Engineer
Daniel Priest   Engineer
Mike Thorne   Producer
Gilbert   Concept
G. Lewis   Composer
Andrew Day   Reissue Design
David Dragon   Art Direction
B.C. Gilbert   Producer

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