Chairs Missing

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Pink Flag
  • UPC: 843190000517
  • Catalog Number: 12
  • Sales rank: 329,315

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Practise Makes Perfect (4:11)
  2. 2 French Film Blurred (2:34)
  3. 3 Another the Letter (1:07)
  4. 4 Men 2nd (1:44)
  5. 5 Marooned (2:21)
  6. 6 Sand in My Joints (1:50)
  7. 7 Being Sucked in Again (3:14)
  8. 8 Heartbeat (3:18)
  9. 9 Mercy (5:46)
  10. 10 Outdoor Miner (1:44)
  11. 11 I Am the Fly (3:09)
  12. 12 I Feel Mysterious Today (1:57)
  13. 13 From the Nursery (2:59)
  14. 14 Used To (2:23)
  15. 15 Too Late (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wire Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Colin Newman Guitar, Vocals
Bruce Gilbert Guitar
Graham Lewis Bass, Vocals
Robert Gotobed Drums
Kate Lucas Flute
Mike Thorne Synthesizer, Keyboards
G. Lewis Bass, Vocals
Kate Lukas Flute
Lewis Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Colin Newman Arranger, Composer
Bruce Gilbert Arranger, Composer
Graham Lewis Arranger
Denis Blackham Remastering
Chris Blair Contributor
Robert Gotobed Arranger
Paul Hardiman Engineer
Mike Thorne Arranger, Producer
G. Lewis Arranger, Composer, Concept
Phil Smee Packaging
Andrew Day Reissue Design
Lewis Arranger, Composer, Concept, Original Sleeve Design
B.C. Gilbert Concept
Brian Palmer Art Direction
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