By Rob Brunner
Updated October 18, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

This pair of mail-order-only EPs has been hailed as a return to the art-punk sound of Wire’s revered 1977 debut, Pink Flag, and sure enough, Bruce Gilbert’s familiar metallic guitar clang and Colin Newman’s distinctive vocal snarl are in full effect. It’s a still-thrilling combo, even if these new songs lack the tuneful pop smarts that made Flag tracks like ”Field Day for the Sundays” classics. Both:

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