ALBUM TITLE : REPUBLIC
ARTIST : NEW ORDER
GENRE : ALTERNATIVE ROCK, ELECTRONICA /
DATE RELEASED : 1993
You might find the album what you usually expected from New Order. That is synth pop and instruments, unpretentious lyrics, and some dance beats and eclectic tracks. You will immediately conclude this aspect with the first track in this album. However, things change when you listen to “Regret” and “Liar” and perhaps you would conclude that this is probably the most pop song the band ever produced. Even the lyrics is not your usual angst and maddening lyrics they are familiar with; think of “Shell Shock” and other similar tracks in their earlier albums.
When you listen to “World,” you would feel that the band was not able to jump in the last train towards new wave as it is as new wave as it can be. However, once you really feel the musical context of the song, you would conclude that they are in fact entering the electronica phase which would become popular in the middle nineties up to the early 2000’s. “Ruined In A Day” is the track that fully cemented what you suspected all along that New Order is trying to move on to another direction just like what its contemporary Depeche Mode did with “Songs of Faith and Devotion”. However, something is holding back to new direction and still incorporated their own style of synth pop.
“Spooky” merges pop, dance, industrial, and new wave to create a club house ditty that would have make every dance fans wiggle their hips in the dancefloor. “Everyone Everywhere” and “Young Offender” is like listening to bands that have similar style as New Order. “Chemical” sounds like a song lifted from an early New Record album.
One thing that you can say is that this album is perhaps the most cohesive in terms of sound. There are no very eclectic music in her and what you will listen in this album are all radio friendly tracks. As mentioned earlier, this is the most pop album in years from New Order. With that, this album deserves an upgrade in terms of rating. I will adjust the rating to 4 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