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  • Summary: The legendary English band, now re-formed, reunited and reinvigorated, return with their first LP in over a dozen years, with a sound that recalls the punk energy of their 1970s albums while sounding completely modern. Note that 7 of the 11 tracks here are also found in some form on 2002's twin "Read & Burn" EPs. Expand
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  1. 90
    Shooting through the proceedings is a relentless, apocalyptic jitteriness that leaves you teetering on the edge of your chaise. [#58, p.84]
  2. 90
    A phenomenal album.... As always, Wire embrace the technology of the day while always sounding somehow out of time. [May 2003, p.91]
  3. The band has rarely sounded so alive.
  4. Dynamic, taut, feisty and clever as ever, Send is this group's fourth-best album.
  5. If you can't quite muster truly fervid enthusiasm for Send, it's probably due, in some part, to the matter-of-factness of its presentation. There is much here to be excited about, but carefully cultivated detachment seems to be Wire's preferred modus operandi.
  6. This album is an incredible disappointment- right when Wire was beginning to build up momentum; there’s not even enough new material here to fill a third EP, and the recontextualizing of the Read & Burn songs hardly makes it more worthwhile.

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  1. olznillzthaman
    May 1, 2003
    Absoultely brilliant. What more is there to say?
  2. ScottS
    Jan 27, 2006
    I own three CDs by this band (Send, A Bell is A Cup Until it is Struck, and The Ideal Copy). There is no common denominator...everything sounds different. Better yet, all their stuff seems to break new ground in rock. Send rocks heavily in a sort of post-punk, heavily synthesized and brilliantly mixed fashion. It's difficult not to tap your toes and wince as your eardrums are accosted by harsh vocals, guitars, and effects. Not to mention a consistent fast drum beat that keeps the rocous sound frothing and boiling without falling apart. What Wire has done here seems like a logical extension of their early experimental punk and 80s synth pop stuff. The lyrics continue to be sparse and artsy, the music is just...different. I cannot think of any other band that is breaking new ground in musical frontiers 30 years after their first album. Very impressive. Expand

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