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Posted October 1, 2010
I am starting a new order, as it were, a movement, if you like, to re-appraise the greatness of this record. Ask anyone their favourite New Order album and no one, apart from me, will say this one. Indeed, many will recommend you avoid it. That's because it's a band in transition. But it is the album for those New Order fans who thought they didn't like Joy Division and those Joy Division fans who thought they didn't like New Order. While I admit, it does at times sound like the tracks that didn't make it onto 'Closer', particularly Truth, anyone with even a passing interest in Joy Division will know that lost 'Closer' recordings are still going to be ten times better than most other records you'll hear. All the usual suspects are here, Martin Hannett producing, the Peter Saville cover, even Ian Curtis lives on in the touching homage of Bernard Sumner's vocals. If you like tracks like Komakino, A Means to An End, These Days, 24 hours, then you HAVE to hear this album. Tracks like Senses and Dreams Never End are bona fide Sumner/Hook/Morris classics. I approached this album with trepidation, but the best albums are always the ones you take a chance on. Take a chance on this one, you won't be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.