Nocturnal Koreans

Wire - Nocturnal Koreans
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2016 Ratings: #186 / 762
User Score
Based on 40 ratings
2016 Ratings: #472
April 22, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club
Fifteen albums into its career, the band has never sounded more ready to rip up its playbook and forge ahead into new territory.
85
Under The Radar

Wire's appeal has always been born of their balance between being ahead of the curve while remaining understated enough not to be widely appreciated for that. Their previous self-titled effort maybe saw those standards slip a touch, but this is a return to the stratospherically high standards they've maintained for a remarkable amount of time.

80
AllMusic

Even if Nocturnal Koreans' sound isn't always textbook Wire, its imagery and wit most certainly are, making the album much more than the collection of leftovers its origins might have suggested.

80
The Guardian
Now in their 60s, they are the band that keep on giving. Their 15th album hails from the same sessions as last year’s acclaimed Wire, but while that set was taut and direct, the eight songs here are more textured, full of counter-melodies and shifting sonic landscapes.
80
Drowned in Sound

With Nocturnal Koreans Wire have done it again, leaving you with that craving for more: More noise. More weirdness. More bloody Wire.

80
Clash
Nothing changes, but yet everything's different. That's Wire 40 years in.
80
Spin
More compact than Cavern of Anti-Matter, punchier than DIIV (check out that L7 riff on “Still”), these thoughtful droners have never tickled their tuneful bone like this before.
75
The Line of Best Fit

Wire aren’t trying to redefine themselves on Nocturnal Koreans, for they’ve never been all that interested in convenient categorization or effortless consumption anyway. The collection instead represents more of an expansion on their current sound and scope, and finds a band still willing to take risks 40 years into an exalted career.

70
PopMatters

In the future, Nocturnal Koreans will most likely be regarded as a transitional release. Ever since Bruce Gilbert exited the group, this 21st century incarnation of Wire has been making headway with a formula that promised consistent results through their muscular music. Now, Wire has gone and slightly tinkered with that formula.

70
Pitchfork

Nocturnal Koreans ranks among Wire’s most musically relaxed releases, with Newman mostly singing in calm, sometimes hushed tones. But it’s only relaxed in the sense that a sleepless night in your bedroom is relaxed—the pillows and sheets feel familiar, but your thoughts are riddled with anxieties over the unknown.

67
Consequence of Sound

Despite its shortcomings, Nocturnal Koreans is a decent collection sifted from the excess of an even more solid album, which is certainly enough to keep Wire moving forward.

PigeonsCorbeaux
82
Le frère siamois de l'album éponyme de 2015. Presque aussi bon. Toujours vaillants les anciens.
Fallendomino
60
Weird, other-worldly, and trip-inducing.

Notable Songs: "Nocturnal Koreans"; "Internal Exile"; "Still"
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#10/Louder Than War
#94/The Quietus

Track List

  1. Nocturnal Koreans
  2. Internal Exile
  3. Dead Weight
  4. Forward Position
  5. Numbered
  6. Still
  7. Pilgrim Trade
  8. Fishes Bones
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