The bassist and lyricist revealed details of the band's tenth studio LP in a blog on the group's official website and said that the album is more like 2007's Send Away The Tigers than last year's Journal For Plague Lovers.
Wire said: "James [Dean Bradfield] likes to make an analogy with Aerosmith, that SATT was Permanent Vacation and this record is like Pump. Bigger and better.
"I most point out that is absolutely not a musical analogy! It's just us ramping everything up. There's strings everywhere, gospel choirs, John Cale is on a track, Duff McKagan is on a track... we've even got Ian McCulloch doing a duet with James."
Wire admitted that the album was influenced by The Beatles, Primal Scream's Dixie Narco EP, recent Paul Weller, Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue, REM's Out Of Time and Biffy Clyro, adding: "It's like a '70s engineered record released in the '90s! It’s unashamedly '90s at times."
New confirmed song titles revealed by Wire include 'The Descent Pages 1 & 2', 'Hazleton Avenue' and 'All We Make Is Entertainment'.
"I really believe this record will either connect or it'll be a huge stiff," he added. "That's not me being overly dramatic or arrogance, there's a genuine belief that’s divisive like that. Either massive radio hits or completely f**ked."
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