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Wire: Read & Burn: 01 [Pinkflag, 2002]
Old art-punks sing hallelujah--the godfathers rock again. Only these songs are so much bigger and louder, so developed, that it seems like Pink Flag was the idea and this is the realization. Only with art-punks ideas really count. Pink Flag was geeky, scrawny, catchy--and exciting that way. The first EP of a six-part concept just flattens you. Which can be fun too. A-