Silver&Lead is the 15th studio album from musical pioneers Wire. This is the sound of a uniquely ad/dictive 21st century psychedelic post/punk. Colin Newman and Matt Simms' guitar work is alternately jagged and luminous, while bassist Graham Lewis's ear/catching lyrics are vivid yet oblique. Meanwhile, drummer Robert Grey provides a virtual masterclass in percussive minimalism. But it's how the various instruments mesh together that really counts. And Newman's production creates a sonic space in which even the smallest gesture is accorded some recognition. Highlights include the optimistic dazzle of iamonds In Cups', with its almost T. Rex/style buzz and chug, and the moody swing of his Time'. Elsewhere on the musical spectrum, there's the menacing widescreen grandeur of laying Harp for the Fishes' and break/neck/paced guitar pop of hort Elevated Period'. Wire are one of the world's most ground/breaking bands, their influence acknowledged by bands as diverse as Blur, Sonic Youth, R.E.M. and Savages. But they have never been interested in exploiting past glories. Wire's last three albums garnered nothing but rave reviews.. Consequently, although it may be being released on the band's 40th anniversary, Silver&Lead is an album which has nothing to do with the past and everything to do with the future.