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Chairs Missing
     

Chairs Missing

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by Wire
 

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Chairs Missing marks a partial retreat from Pink Flag's austere, bare-bones minimalism, although it still takes concentrated listening to dig out some of the melodies. Producer Mike Thorne's synth adds a Brian Eno-esque layer of atmospherics, and Wire itself seems more

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Chairs Missing marks a partial retreat from Pink Flag's austere, bare-bones minimalism, although it still takes concentrated listening to dig out some of the melodies. Producer Mike Thorne's synth adds a Brian Eno-esque layer of atmospherics, and Wire itself seems more concerned with the sonic textures it can coax from its instruments; the tempos are slower, the arrangements employ more detail and sound effects, and the band allows itself to stretch out on a few songs. The results are a bit variable -- "Mercy," in particular, meanders for too long -- but compelling much more often than not. The album's clear high point is the statement of purpose "I Am the Fly," which employs an emphasis-shifting melody and guitar sounds that actually evoke the sound of the title insect. But that's not all by any means -- "Outdoor Miner" and "Used To" have a gentle lilt, while "Sand in My Joints" is a brief anthem worthy of Pink Flag, and the four-minute "Practice Makes Perfect" is the best result of the album's incorporation of odd electronic flavors. In general, the lyrics are darker than those on Pink Flag, even morbid at times; images of cold, drowning, pain, and suicide haunt the record, and the title itself is a reference to mental instability. The arty darkness of Chairs Missing, combined with the often icy-sounding synth/guitar arrangements, helps make the record a crucial landmark in the evolution of punk into post-punk and goth, as well as a testament to Wire's rapid development and inventiveness. [The original 1989 CD issue by Restless Retro features three bonus tracks: the fine non-LP single "A Question of Degree" and the B-sides "Go Ahead" and "Former Airline."]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2006
Label:
Pink Flag
UPC:
0843190000517
catalogNumber:
12

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Performance Credits

Wire   Primary Artist
Colin Newman   Guitar,Vocals
Bruce Gilbert   Guitar
Graham Lewis   Bass,Vocals
Robert Gotobed   Drums
Mike Thorne   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Kate Lukas   Flute

Technical Credits

Colin Newman   Arranger,Composer
Bruce Gilbert   Arranger,Composer,Concept
Graham Lewis   Arranger
Robert Gotobed   Arranger
Paul Hardiman   Engineer
Mike Thorne   Arranger,Producer
G. Lewis   Composer
Phil Smee   Packaging
Andrew Day   Reissue Design
Lewis   Composer
Brian Palmer   Art Direction

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