- Audio Mixer: Colin Newman.
- Liner Note Author: Wilson Neate.
- Of all the bands to emerge from the late-1970s UK punk-rock explosion, Wire not only remained active nearly 30 years later, but the quartet also managed to retain its unique, vehement edge. Wire set itself apart from the angry young men of '77 by bringing an intellectual sensibility (and subtle, wry humor) to the loud, fast punk/indie ethos, with each album displaying marked musical progression. Released in 2003, SEND finds the group merging the stripped-down adrenaline rush of 1977's PINK FLAG with the sleek electronic sounds of 1987's THE IDEAL COPY.
- The galvanizing "In the Art of Stopping" features a hypnotic swatch of melody amid hook-driven, manically grinding guitars, with the defining aspects of Wire's style--sardonic vocals, oblique yet witty lyrics, startling immediacy--still intact. The pounding, trance-like thunder of "Mr. Marx's Table" and "Nice Streets Above" even finds the ensemble absorbing techno and grindcore into its approach. While some long-lived bands are content to evoke or rework past glories, Wire proves that its only consistent trait is its uncompromising unpredictability.
Rolling Stone (8/21/03, p.74) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Wire have returned, seemingly more full of rage and supersonic chords than ever...the spine-tingling SEND sounds fresher than the pop punk currently being generated by pups half their age..."
Uncut (6/03, p.129) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...SEND is a return to the blistering, all-cylinders-blazing spirit of their 1977 debut album....SEND is pure gristle, a vicious statement of musical intent..."
Magnet (4/03, p.84) - -- "...The band quite handily leaves its young post-punk/electroclash contemporaries sprawled in the dirt..."
The Wire (4/03, p.65) - "The reconvened Wire sound outrageously on form and up for it here....A taut, brutal collection which is as strong as anything they've released in their previous incarnations..."
CMJ (5/26/03, p.7) - "...Fast-paced and full of heavy guitars and steady, repetitive beats..."
Mojo (Publisher) (01/01/04, p.59) - Ranked #10 in Mojo's "The Best of 2003"
Mojo (Publisher) (5/03, p.91) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The physicality of its sound is surrounded by a sort of phosphorescent halo of distortion....Wire embrace the technology of the day while always sounding somehow out of time..."