Change Becomes Us encapsulates the paradoxical essence of Wire’s creativity. The tendency of these new songs to refuse a single, settled identity is emblematic of the band’s everevolving aesthetic – one that’s always hinged on sustained tensions and oppositions: between the familiar and the unfamiliar, the comfortable and the unsettling, the melodic and the brutal, the cerebral and the visceral, the smart and the moronic, the obvious and the inscrutable, the rational and the absurd. This intrinsic, core ambivalence generates the essential otherness that has characterized Wire’s most memorable, distinctive work – from the epochal innovations of Chairs Missing and 154 to the electronicpop deconstructions of A Bell Is A Cup to Send’s postmodernpunk expressionism and the widescreen lyricism of Red Barked Tree.
Change Becomes Us is an undeniable part of that illustrious lineage. Definitely more than just a good idea at the time.