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Posted October 1, 2010
...if only this album featured the 12" versions of 'The Perfect Kiss' and 'Subculture' instead of the versions that ruin this otherwise excellent album from New Order. I don't think anyone would want to return to the butchered version of 'The Perfect Kiss' which exists on Low-Life after hearing the one present on their singles collection of 1987, Substance. The full version is arguably my favourite New Order song, it's nine minutes of sheer bliss, and the last three minutes in particular are absolutely mindblowing. On Low-Life, the third verse of the song is removed and the ending severely edited. No thanks. As for Sub-Culture, here we have an entirely different version, which sounds pretty good but I really do prefer the full-on stomp of the single mix. Still, Low-Life gets four stars cos the rest of the album is fantastic: 'Love Vigilantes' is a brilliant foray into electro-country, 'Face Up' is HI-NRG disco pumped to the max, 'Sunrise' a pure tidal wave of sound, 'Elegia' an instrumental of pure beauty and then there's 'This Time of Night'. Wow. Wow. WOW! This could be the best album track New Order have ever created. A gorgeous piano melody, heartbreaking vocals and excellent beats. Very underrated. If there was a re-release of Low-Life which replaced the present versions of 'Perfect Kiss' and 'Subculture' with the ones on Substance, we'd be talking about New Order's absolute best album, no question. Until that day, I have to say that Power, Corruption and Lies remains the most consistently brilliant New Order album.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.