Drums And Wires (studio album) by XTC

Drums And Wires by XTC
Year: 1979
Overall rank: 1,340th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 311 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1979 (22nd)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (268th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,340th)
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XTC bestography

Drums And Wires is ranked 4th best out of 30 albums by XTC on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by XTC is Skylarking which is ranked number 364 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 4,936.

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78/100 (from 311 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.8/100, a mean average of 76.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.2.

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75/100
From 06/15/2022 16:46
I like new wave, but I have to say that half of this album is good and half of it is annoying and I don't want to listen to this album as a whole.
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From 02/27/2021 08:33
Pure genious. They're so underrated from the mass, but very well-considered by those who work in music. Dave Gregory's effort in this album is so huge with his dissonant solos ("Day in Day out"), his schizophrenic riffs ("Millions") and his great arpeggios ("Ten Feet Tall"). There are both well-written pop songs ("Making Plans For Nigel", "Life Begins at The Hop") and authentic pieces of art ("Roads Girdle the Globe", "Scissor Man"). Surely one of the most influential albums of those years.
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80/100
From 07/03/2020 11:12
A great album that demonstrates XTC's knack for marrying melodies and rhythm to make catchy yet interesting tracks that set them apart from similar artists from the 70s/80s. Making Plans for Nigel is surely one of the best album openers of all time, and the next four tracks keep up the energy and are all brilliant in their own right (particularly When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty). The album then loses its flow with a set of more straightforward songs bringing the quality down, thankfully however Scissor Man and Complicated Game ensure the album finishes on a strong note. Overall a very good album that's full of personality and memorable tracks.
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From 02/16/2018 20:45
"Drums and wires" è il mio disco preferito degli XTC per almeno tre ragioni. La prima è che inizia con quel gioiello di "Making plans for Nagel"; la seconda è che continua con quella che forse è la canzone che preferisco degli XTC e cioè "Helicopter"; la terza e più importante è che nel disco ci trovo un'atmosfera sbarazzina, un'aria fresca che nelle opere successive mi sembrerà di trovare di meno, una piacevole spigolosità tutta new wave.
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75/100
From 01/25/2018 12:35
Starting to move away from the punk-pop sound of the first two albums and becoming more of the XTC non-fans may expect. It certainly sounds more polished but I do prefer the earlier albums, and indeed the later albums where they start to perfect their pop sound. Good, but not a personal favourite, again no poor tracks, but this album contains none of the tracks that I would hold up with their best (as I've only ever liked, not loved, Making Plans For Nigel).
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85/100
From 11/04/2017 05:20
Best Tracks: Making Plans For Nigel, Complicated Game
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From 10/02/2017 10:23
Instant like!
Should be in top 1000 at least :)
Great production too..
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90/100
From 08/02/2013 00:55
Love this album. One of the reasons I think 79 was the best year for music EVER
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From 04/22/2013 19:27
It's hard to put a finger on XTC. I understand why some people don't love them. They manage to be disorienting without the traditional means. The guitars frequently enter into repetitive hypnotic states, with a jagged bounce. Drums & Wires may be their finest collection, and a solid entry point for someone looking into XTC for the first time. I personally prefer Big Express by a hair, but "Making Plans For Nigel, Helicopter, Scissor Man are all classics.
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Best Albums of 1979
1. London Calling by The Clash
2. The Wall by Pink Floyd
3. Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
4. Fear Of Music by Talking Heads
5. Off The Wall by Michael Jackson
6. Breakfast In America by Supertramp
7. Entertainment! by Gang Of Four
8. Rust Never Sleeps by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
9. Highway To Hell by AC/DC
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11. Reggatta De Blanc by The Police
12. Damn The Torpedoes by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
13. Metal Box by Public Image Ltd.
14. The B-52's by The B-52's
15. Specials by The Specials
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18. 154 by Wire
19. Setting Sons by The Jam
20. Y by The Pop Group
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