Change Becomes Us


Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Mar 25, 2013
    Change Becomes Us is more than just a rehash or compare-and-contrast exercise; these songs sound great in their own right.
  2. Mar 28, 2013
    Change Becomes Us is a veritable compendium of everything that Wire has been up to since the late ‘70s, combining the bristling energy of the good old days, the electronic textures of the ‘80s forays, and the heftier rock of its 2000s output.
  3. Apr 2, 2013
    History and transformation are, understandably, recurring themes in the new lyrics on Change Becomes Us, and it's a treat to have this missing link in the Wire story repaired, even if it's as much an anomaly in the present moment as Document and Eyewitness was in its time.
  4. Uncut
    Mar 21, 2013
    New guitarist Matthew Simms has refreshed Wire's sound. [Apr 2013, p.79]
  5. Q Magazine
    Apr 10, 2013
    On this career highlight they deliver their memorandum as effectively as at any time in their 30-odd-years of operation. [May 2013, p.113]
  6. Mojo
    Mar 21, 2013
    They are a fuller-sounding group in 2013. [Apr 2013, p.91]
  7. Under The Radar
    Mar 22, 2013
    Change Becomes Us is an album throbbing with knowingly restrained anger, but with enough breathing space for it to be thoroughly enjoyed. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.97]
  8. Mar 25, 2013
    In parts, it’s just as absorbing as anything they’ve released.
  9. Mar 28, 2013
    The real act of provocation here comes in the streamlining of what had been cacophonous material into a solid bag of actual tunes.
  10. 70
    By tying together new ideas with some old string, Change Becomes Us builds on the band’s iconoclastic tradition, further ensuring that the energy it’s put into producing one of the most challenging, curious, and appealing catalogs in the underground rock cannon hasn’t been for naught.
  11. Alternative Press
    Mar 21, 2013
    They continue to exercise more craft i their work than newbies a third of their age. [Apr 2013, p.94]
  12. Magnet
    Apr 16, 2013
    Newman has pushed his voice to a human place, upon a mantle, as if finally proud of the boys. Good show. [No.97, p.61]
  13. May 2, 2013
    Because they write interesting but still enjoyable songs, as they do consistently on Change Becomes Us, they make their music worth coming back to again and again.
  14. The Wire
    Apr 24, 2013
    When dealing with the more fully formed of the original songs, the album is extremely strong. [Apr 2013, p.58]
  15. Mar 21, 2013
    Despite the songs' far-off beginnings, Change Becomes Us is like an aggressive, steroid-pumped continuation of the band's excellent 2011 album Red Barked Tree, a testament to the band's consistent faithfulness to the key signatures of ice-sheet psychedelia and jackhammer punk.
  16. Jun 4, 2013
    Change Becomes Us sounds almost like a lost fourth Harvest release.
  17. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 21, 2013
    This is the best Wire album of this century. [May 2013, p.84]

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