ALBUM TITLE : MUSIC COMPLETE
ARTIST : NEW ORDER
GENRE : POP / DANCE/ ALTERNATIVE ROCK
DATE RELEASED : 2015
The album title of the latest CD from New Order is quite descriptive of the current status of the band; complete. However, while the group regrouped and some members went back like Gillian Gilbert (who formed The Other Two that popularized “Selfish), the group is still not complete as this is the first New Order album without Peter Hook who is its original bassist. However, Hooks absence was filled with collaborations with Brandon Flowers, Iggy Pop, and Elly Jackson of La Roux. This album also features the debut of the latest addition to the group, Tom Chapman who plays bass, synthesizers, and keyboards.
It has been four years since they last released Waiting for Sirens and fans were wondering if the band would release a new album considering that the last album was not successful commercially and got mixed reviews. After listening to this record, I say it was worth the wait. One thing that you can say about this band is that members did not try to sound contemporary or try to fit and produced very radio friendly songs. Thus, you find here are good old days New Order record complete with rhyme and rhythm, easy going vibe, no pretensions to show off musical skills, and just deliver pure pop album. In fact, this is probably the lightiest album since their New Wave days.
While loyal fans may think that some of the songs in this record as reworking of their songs during their late eighties albums, you cannot help but admire the band for continuing to offer their own brand of music. What we have in this record are in your face statement to modern rock bands like The Killers, Panic at The Disco, and other glam rock deities that they have been performing New Order sounds since.
The album has lots of dance tunes and this is expected as the band is known to produce songs that are dance club friendly. All the tracks in this record are worth your time listening to over and over again and the best tracks are “Singularity” which sounds like “Round and Round”, “Plastic” is like a Giorgio Moroder track probably due to the fact that Stuart Price was involved in the production aspect of this record, “Tutti Frutti” will remind you of their early hits “True Faith,” and “Academic” feels like a homage to their Republic album.
I say this record is nearly perfect thus I rate this latest effort from New Order4.5 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it