Silver/Lead is the sixteenth studio album by British post-punk band Wire. It was released on 31 March 2017. Silver/Lead was conceived to arrive in conjunction with the fortieth anniversary of Wire's first gig as a four-piece band on 1 April 1977 at The Roxy in London (there had been three previous gigs with a fifth member, George Gill, earlier that year).
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On Silver/Lead, Wire celebrate their 40th anniversary by throwing some intentional kinks into their well-oiled machinery. Much of their music in the 2010s was as fast-paced as their release schedule, but on their 15th album, they're slower and stranger than they've been in years. Aside from the swift guitar pop of "In a Short Elevated Period," this album doesn't blaze like Change Becomes Us or Nocturnal Koreans; instead, it turns the energy of those albums inward on songs that shimmer like silver and have the heft of lead.
Wire ‘Silver/Lead’ (Pink Flag) 9/10. One of the weird things about post punk or whatever name you want to stick onto the wonk calendar end of punk rock, is that the music never seems to date. Eternally mined for inspiration by generations of musicians it remains thrillingly current
Silver/Lead’ is a harmonically and melodically rich album – with occasional stabs of heavier guitar, brooding bass and lurking drums – and feels like an example of not a rare gem late in the band’s catalogue but yet another example of their consistent evolution. What’s most impressive is that Wire are still willing to evolve their sound and question perceptions of the music they make. Silver/Lead’ is an accomplished record from a band who continue to challenge their audience.
Silver/Lead is the 15th studio album from musical pioneers Wire. It arrives on the 40th anniversary of their debut performance. Yet it's about as far from nostalgia as you could get. This is the sound of a uniquely addictive 21st century psychedelic post-punk. Colin Newman and Matt Simms' guitar work is alternately jagged and luminous, while bassist Graham Lewis's ear-catching lyrics are vivid yet oblique. Meanwhile, drummer Robert Grey provides a virtual masterclass in percussive minimalism. But it's how the various instruments mesh together that really counts. Consequently, although it may be being released on the band's 40th anniversary, Silver/Lead is an album which has nothing to do with the past and everything to do with the future. Об исполнителе (группе). Worshipper - LIght in the Wire (Lossless, 2019). 20 may 2019 Heavy Metal.
By comparison, Silver/Lead is at once a more modest and lush affair. The arrangements here are fuller, burying the angular bass-work that set the pace for their early records under a synthetic churn. But they’ve trimmed the songs’ lengths, focusing more on infusing them with pointed crescendos, as opposed to passive meanderings. However spirited their work rate is nowadays, Wire’s albums sound dated by today’s electronic music standards. Their guitars have always been far more nimble than their digital aspect, and more than a few songs on Silver/Lead suffer from over-production.
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|1||Playing Harp for the Fishes Graham Lewis / Colin Newman / Wire||Wire||3:44|
|2||Short Elevated Period Graham Lewis / Colin Newman / Wire||Wire||2:54|
|3||Diamonds in Cups Graham Lewis / Colin Newman / Wire||Wire||4:08|
|4||Forever & a Day Graham Lewis / Colin Newman / Wire||Wire||4:06|
|5||An Alibi Graham Lewis / Colin Newman / Wire||Wire||3:10|
|6||Sonic Lens Graham Lewis / Colin Newman / Wire||Wire||4:30|
|7||This Time Graham Lewis / Colin Newman / Wire||Wire||4:16|
|8||Brio Graham Lewis / Colin Newman / Wire||Wire||3:37|
|9||Sleep on the Wing Graham Lewis / Colin Newman / Wire||Wire||2:59|
|10||Silver/Lead Graham Lewis / Colin Newman / Wire||Wire||2:39|
CreditsDenis Blackham - Mastering
Robert Grey - Drums, Group Member
Graham Lewis - Bass, Composer, Cover Image, Drawing, Group Member, Keyboards, Loop, Sampled Guitar, Sampled Violin, Synthesizer, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Tim Lewis - Engineer, Photography
Jeroen Melchers - Engineer, Photography
Colin Newman - Composer, Effects, Group Member, Guitar (12 String), Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Keyboards, Mandola, Mixing, Organ, Photography, Producer, String Keyboard, Synthesizer, Vocals
Matthew Simms - Autoharp, Group Member, Guitar (Electric), Lap Steel Guitar, Mandola, Noise, Photography, Piano, Synthesizer
Malka Spigel - Photography
Wire - Composer, Liner Notes, Primary Artist
Jon Wozencroft - Art Direction, Cover Design