Although it took me a while to sufficiently gather my thoughts, I finally managed to review the recent soundtrack CDs to The Wire. You can read the article in Dusted Magazine here.
Don't worry, there are no spoilers for those of you who haven't yet finished watching the show's fifth and final season (me included... I'm thinking of re-watching the entire series from the beginning in the hopes that I can time it to wrap up when season five hits DVD.) In fact, I'd like to think that the review is best suited to those who've never watched the show before. There are only so many times one can hear that something is "the best thing on television" before it starts to get obnoxious and sound disingenuous, so I stayed away from those waters as best I could. And besides, me calling anything "the best thing on television" is ultimately pretty useless, given the limited amount of what I can tolerate in that arena. You show me some Battlestar Galactica or Charlie Rose, and maybe we'll talk. In other words, I'll be the first one to admit that my perceptions are skewed. Truth be told, I prefer it that way.
On a related note, I recently caught a great opinion piece in Time magazine written by The Wire's creator David Simon, as well as contributing writers George Pelecanos, Ed Burns, Dennis Lehane, and Richard Price. It's a brilliantly composed and utterly selfless treatise on the great fallacy of America's drug war, as it is addressed through the critical lens of the show. It's well worth the mere five minutes it'll take you to read it.