Substance

Substance

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by New Order
     
 

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Following the suicide of Ian Curtis, the remaining members of Joy Division -- bassist Peter Hook, guitarist Bernard Sumner, and drummer Peter Morris -- founded New Order, adding keyboardist Gillian Gilbert soon after. Substance, a two-disc compilation of their best singles, documents their journey away from the long shadow of their

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Following the suicide of Ian Curtis, the remaining members of Joy Division -- bassist Peter Hook, guitarist Bernard Sumner, and drummer Peter Morris -- founded New Order, adding keyboardist Gillian Gilbert soon after. Substance, a two-disc compilation of their best singles, documents their journey away from the long shadow of their previous band and toward a distinctive sound of their own. While Joy Division made introspective post-punk that catalogued disillusionment and gloom, New Order took inspiration from Kraftwerk and New York electro, adding sequencers and cutting-edge dance beats to their more optimistic mix. Their first hit, 1982's "Blue Monday," was little more than a rhythm track written in the process of learning a new drum machine, but it was a breakthrough single that brought them international exposure. The first disc offers a fine survey course ("Everything's Gone Green," "Temptation," "Bizarre Love Triangle," "The Perfect Kiss") of the band's evolution, while the second is a collection of B-sides and previously unreleased material suitable for the New Order completist.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Substance is a double-disc set collecting New Order's singles, including several songs that were never available on the group's albums, at least in these versions. While there are a couple of re-recordings of earlier singles, most of Substance consists of 12" single mixes designed for danceclub play. Arguably, these 12" mixes represent New Order's most groundbreaking and successful work, since they expanded the notion of what a rock & roll band, particularly an indie rock band, could do. Substance collects the best of their remixes, and in the process it showcases not only the group's musical innovations, but also their songwriting prowess -- "Temptation," "Blue Monday," "Bizarre Love Triangle," and "True Faith" are some of the finest pop songs of the '80s. Although it is a double-disc set, Substance isn't overly long. Instead it offers a perfect introduction to New Order, while providing collectors with an invaluable collection of singles.

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Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
London Import
UPC:
0639842822725
catalogNumber:
428227

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Substance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many of the songs on here are enjoyable and very catchy. Especially bizzare love triangle. One of the best bands of the 80's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
New Order is so full of integrity. These songs were revolutionary when they came out. Many British new wave bands used cute, little beats and cute, little synths, but New Order blasted ''Blue Monday.'' You gotta rock out to these beats.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago