Silver/Lead

Wire - Silver/Lead
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2017 Ratings: #471 / 723
User Score
Based on 40 ratings
2017 Ratings: #607
March 31, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
GIGsoup

Neither Lewis nor Newman is a natural-born singer, but they both know how to get the most out of their voices. Together with Grey and Simms, they are still in top form.

89
Paste

The serpentine subtleties and fresh takes on old ideas are what make Silver/Lead an especially engaging listen. These sorts of background-noise intricacies are what make the album sound so permeated by friendly ghosts, both in pushing forward to something new and harkening back to their heyday.

80
Loud and Quiet

‘Silver/Lead’ is a harmonically and melodically rich album – with occasional stabs of heavier guitar, brooding bass and lurking drums – and feels like an example of not a rare gem late in the band’s catalogue but yet another example of their consistent evolution.

80
PopMatters

To call it relaxed would be misleading, because there is, as ever, an unmistakable tension to the band, but maybe comfortable would be more accurate. Comfortable in their own skin and comfortably uncomfortable with the harrowing world outside.

80
The Guardian

They may not take the brave leaps into new territories they once did, but instead explore the detail in the terrain they themselves uncovered.

80
DIY

What’s most impressive is that Wire are still willing to evolve their sound and question perceptions of the music they make. ‘Silver/Lead’ is an accomplished record from a band who continue to challenge their audience.

80
The Independent

Despite their determinedly exploratory approach, the lingering traces of those origins still show through here as a sort of stylistic palimpsest.

80
The Line of Best Fit

At this point in their uniquely demarcated, legacy-remodeling run, they seem practically incapable of making a misstep.

80
AllMusic

As precise as ever yet oddly moving, Silver/Lead reaffirms that Wire are more like mercury, shape-shifting effortlessly while remaining true to the things that have always made them great.

71
Pitchfork

There are few surprises in individual songs—some even sound like variations on each other—but each one holds something memorable. On that level, Silver/Lead is a well-made rock record by a band who knows how to make rock records well.

70
Alternative Press

The sound of Silver/Lead is undeniably modern, if a little too slickly rendered at times. Add a sweetly romantic bent into the mix and the result is another solid addition to a nearly peerless discography.

60
The Skinny

The biggest problem with this album is its bloated mid-section, which drags down the commendable peaks of its opening and closing segments. Slow, drab arrangements are plentiful and the lyrics become pointedly lazy.

58
A.V. Club

As Wire celebrates its 40th birthday, it’s reassuring to know that the band’s eagerness for experimentalism—and its talent for expressing it in (mostly) sharply honed rock songs—remains as boundless as ever.

58
Pretty Much Amazing

Silver/Lead contentedly just continues in the latter two’s path, and I would wager a guess that none of people who praise this will end up caring about it a year after the fact.

50
Exclaim!

The band's work has undoubtedly mellowed in recent years, but they've rarely turned in a set of songs as listless as this.

40
Under The Radar

Nothing really stands out, and the songs that do ... don't leave enough of an impression to be overly impressed by.

Valeron21
79
Oh boy, never been into this band, but that record is great.
They know what they want and they deliver it.
"Diamonds in Cups", "Brio", "Silver/Lead"
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
GoldenChords
53
I'm not going to lie, I actually liked 'Brio', but can not defend the rest of the songs. In general, the album sounds like a band tired of make music.
chessmess
25
I don't even know why I'm still here waiting for a record akin to Pink Flag.
45
1. Playing Herp for the Fishes (1.8)
2. Short Elevated Period (2.4)
3. Diamond in Cups (2.3)
4. Forever & a Day (2.3)
5. An Alibi (2.3)
6. Sonic Lens (2.3)
7. This Time (2.0)
8. Brio (2.3)
9. Sleep in the Wing (2.5)
10. Silver / Lead (2.5)
OVERALL. 2,27, 45/100
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Track List

  1. Playing Harp for the Fishes
  2. Short Elevated Period
  3. Diamonds in Cups
  4. Forever & a Day
  5. An Alibi
  6. Sonic Lens
  7. This Time
  8. Brio
  9. Sleep on the Wing
  10. Silver / Lead
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