Change Becomes Us

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Change Becomes Us
Studio album by Wire
Released 25 March 2013[1]
Recorded Rockfield Studios, Monmouth; Swim Studio
Genre Post-punk, Art punk, Alternative rock,
Length 48:45
Label Pink Flag
Producer Wire
Wire chronology
Red Barked Tree
(2011)
Change Becomes Us
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork (8.2/10)[4]
Spin (8/10)[5]

Change Becomes Us is the thirteenth studio album by British post-punk band Wire. It was released on 25 March 2013.[1]

Album Info[edit]

The album features songs based on ideas from 1979/1980 that were originally quick sketches for live performances.[1] In particular, "Doubles and Trebles," "Keep Exhaling," "Reinvent Your Second Wheel," "Stealth of a Stork," "Time Lock Fog," "Eels Sang," "Love Bends," "& Much Besides," and "Attractive Space" are reworked versions of "Ally in Exile," "Relationship," "ZEGK HOQP," "Witness to the Fact," "5/10," "Eels Sang Lino," "Piano Tuner (Keep Strumming Those Guitars)," "Eastern Standard," and "Underwater Experiences," respectively, which originally appeared on the 1981 live album Document and Eyewitness. The album was made available on CD and digitally on 25 March, followed by a special edition on vinyl on 20 April 2013 (Record Store Day).[6]

The album cover is a photograph of the red hallway in Seattle's Central Library.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Wire. 

No. Title Length
1. "Doubles & Trebles"   3:50
2. "Keep Exhaling"   1:39
3. "Adore Your Island"   2:45
4. "Re-invent Your Second Wheel"   3:45
5. "Stealth of a Stork"   1:54
6. "B/W Silence"   4:40
7. "Time Lock Fog"   5:45
8. "Magic Bullet"   3:41
9. "Eels Sang"   2:15
10. "Love Bends"   4:01
11. "As We Go"   4:36
12. "& Much Besides"   6:13
13. "Attractive Space"   3:33

Personnel[edit]

Wire
  • Colin Newman – Lead vocals, guitars, mandolin, keyboards, sounds, handclaps on "Stealth Of A Stork".
  • Graham Lewis – Bass guitar, keyboards, rhythm guitar on "Magic Bullet", handclaps on "Stealth Of A Stork", lead vocals on "Re-Invent Your Second Wheel" and "Eels Sang".
  • Robert Grey – Drums, percussion, sounds, handclaps on "Stealth Of A Stork".
  • Matt Simms – Guitars, handclaps on "Stealth Of A Stork".
Collaborators
  • Jon Wozencroft – Art Direction and Photography.
  • Sean Douglas – Engineer at Rockfield Studios.
  • Denis Blackham – Mastering.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Wire to release new album Change Becomes Us". NME. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "Change Becomes Us review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Bray, Ryan (28 March 2013). "Album review: Wire – Change Becomes Us". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2 April 2013). "Wire - Change Becomes Us". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Gubbels, Jason (28 March 2013). "Wire, Change Becomes Us (Pink Flag)". Spin. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Change Becomes Us (pf19)". Retrieved 26 January 2013.