XTC
Drums And Wires


4.0
excellent

Review

by pizzamachine USER (338 Reviews)
August 4th, 2022 | 27 replies


Release Date: 1979 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Brain wave.

New wave music, the genre of many genres. In this album you’ll hear hear rock with ska, reggae, funk, surfer rock, and pop influence. That’s what I heard anyway. The beauty of this album is it’s not one-dimensional; the impact could be vastly different depending on who’s listening. There’s so much variety in the guitar bits and vocals, although unabashed catchiness is present. It’s a bit of an odd experience with some captivating ideas coupled with a handful of strange choices. That’s the charm here, that it’s ever pushing boundaries, unafraid of seeming silly.

A couple songs may wear out their welcome, but Drums And Wires is otherwise overwhelmingly fun. XTC’s boisterous energy is infectious and consistently entertaining, translated perfectly through wonky guitar. It doesn’t stop at the guitar though, for their juicy creativity reaches far, including loads of memorable vocal hooks and choruses. Interminably energetic, the vocalist infuses his jovial passion into his singing, with a performance difficult to forget. Despite sounding strange at times, the band stick to their style with panache, and it’s difficult to be unamused.

Drums And Wires offers cool vibes - a feel good album. It’s a delicious blast back to the tail end of the 70s, and a nice commentary on new wave music at the time. There’s something for everyone here, a collision of ideas that combine into a fairly pleasant yet rockin’, good-old time. I can’t recommend this album enough. Put your new music aside to listen to a classic today.



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pizzamachine
August 4th 2022


17981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It is very good. Check it out. Now.

Mort.
August 4th 2022


19641 Comments


'we're only making plans for nigel' is a classic. primus cover is cool as well

Source
August 4th 2022


19560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this album

pizzamachine
August 4th 2022


17981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agree y’all

PotsyTater
August 4th 2022


1802 Comments


Making Plans For Nigel slaps daddy dong

pizzamachine
August 4th 2022


17981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mmmmm

Manatea
August 4th 2022


121 Comments


I’m five minutes into this and I’m in love.

Pheromone
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2022


17801 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's actually just called 'making plans for nigel' mort

Mort.
August 4th 2022


19641 Comments


jesus christ im embarassed.


also ive got a t shirt of this album but still havent heard it

Pheromone
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2022


17801 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is great their side project dukes of stratosphear is better doe

Pheromone
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2022


17801 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDKZqZ8bsDs

Mort.
August 4th 2022


19641 Comments


i plan on getting in to dukes of stratosphere once ive finished xtcs discography

Pheromone
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2022


17801 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i plan on doing my work once ive finished bucketheads discography

Mort.
August 4th 2022


19641 Comments


you will only find solace when buckethead dies then

GhandhiLion
August 4th 2022


15844 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The real buckethead died years ago

GhandhiLion
August 4th 2022


15844 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

crazy that this never had a review

GhandhiLion
August 4th 2022


15844 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Crazy that this only has 200 rates

Pheromone
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2022


17801 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ghandhi ocd posting in patterns of 3

Source
August 4th 2022


19560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

crazy that english settlement is even better

AmericanFlagAsh
August 4th 2022


11595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Making Plans For Nigel is GOAT



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