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Rather like The Stranglers, Wire were perhaps a little old for the punk scene. By the time of the release of this third album they sounded as far removed from their mature forefathers as they could get. As an exercise in weirdness from start to finish this is a fine example. Some of the glacial keyboard textures on show here could rival Joy Division in their haunting quality but on occasions this is sometimes at the expense of a memorable tune. The closest to a recognisable melody is 'Map Ref. 41N 93W' but elsewhere the album is sinister and yet at the same time oddly addictive. Tracks such as 'A Touching Display', 'The Other Window' and extra track 'Go Ahead' are truly menacing and, rather like a good horror movie, they have to be heard even though you know you're going to be frightened.
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01 I Should Have Known Better
02 Two People In A Room
03 The 15th
04 The Other Window
05 Single K.O.
Standout Track A Touching Display
07 On Returning
08 A Mutual Friend
09 Blessed State
10 Once Is Enough
11 Map Ref. 41N 93W
12 Indirect Enquiries
13 40 Versions
14 Song I
15 Get Down (Parts I & II)
16 Let's Panic Later
17 Small Electric Piece
18 Go Ahead

Standout Track = Standout Track

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