'Twas the season...
While I really liked the title track when the album came out, I'll admit this isn't my favorite of the band's recent output. I may need to give it a few more listens. I would never accuse the band of phoning it in so to speak, but maybe plateauing a bit. Either way, I'm always happy to be expanding my collection of Wire LPs.
Myself a fan of 70s era jazz fusion and late 60s Impulse!, my appreciation and enjoyment of this album was immediate. Taking full advantage of hip-hop's standing as a sample genre, its multiple frames of reference coalescing into a fascinating cross-section of sounds akin to Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Alain Goraguer to name a few, Flying Lotus (a.k.a., Steven Ellison) impresses with some deep jazz arrangements that relate well to some of his more beat-related instrumentals. You can probably credit this to the track sequencing. There are moments when the album sounds more like a film score, some of the tracks segmented and short, but that doesn't detract overall from the complete package. You're Dead is a hip-hop album for fusion heads.
And the physical presentation of the album is gorgeous, foil-stamped and heavily illustrated.
The Definitive 45 Singles Collection, Vol. 1: 1952-1961
The second volume spans 1962-1991 and is scheduled to release mid-March.
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