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  • Summary: The live album was recorded in Paris on May 10, 2011, and includes tracks from Red Barked Tree as well as songs from earlier releases.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    They're still more than capable of cranking up the guitars and making the kind of caustic, spiky noise that's been their trademark for more than 30 years, especially live.
  2. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    Immaculately-placed jibes that slice to the bone and highlight a sharp, intellectual take on rock music that continues to prove you don;t have to dumb things down while letting your pop sensibilities win out.
  3. Mar 23, 2012
    80
    Their performance here has an audible sizzle. [Apr 2012, p.95]
  4. Feb 8, 2012
    70
    It is a very accurate document of Wire's 2011 live set; its strengths and weak spots correspond exactly to the ones of the concert they played in Chicago the same year.
  5. Feb 8, 2012
    63
    In the context of Wire's catalog, this is just another document of incremental change, and not even the best live recording they've made lately (that would be their gorgeous Daytrotter session from 2008).
  6. Feb 14, 2012
    60
    Even when Wire focuses on their not-so-classic material, they sound great in a live environment.
  7. Mar 21, 2012
    40
    Something of a head-scratcher, showcasing neither one of their best performances, nor really one of a highest quality-recording.... Fans looking for cuts from the band's early work are better steered toward their Legal Bootleg series. [Mar 2012, p.87]

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