Wire - CD - Rating: 10/10

Wire is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands. Sure they’re arty and all, but I can’t get over the richness of their songs. I only have their albums from the late 70’s, this included. All 3 of these early album feature a different side of the band. 154 shows off the studio experimentation of producer Mike Thorne. The songs are richly textured and atmospheric and layered with noise. None of these songs (except Map Ref) will jump out as pop songs, but they are all intelligent and still pack too much of a whallop to be concidered pure experimental art rock.