Music Complete - Review
It is with great pleasure that we introduce this legendary band on Gothic Paradise with this 2015 release, the band's 18th full-length studio album.
The music from this band is a solid foundation on our radio shows and is an influence to many other bands we feature here. This latest album is a great reflection on the band's long-lasting career spanning from the early 80's for more than thirty years despite the various breaks and ups and downs. We're presented here with eleven solid tracks spanning everything from their classic post-punk sound including their Ibiza-influenced dance-friendly tracks to modern alternative selections.
It's a daunting task to review something from a band as legendary as New Order
. I could easily present reviews of nearly every album from their discography with exception of a couple of their latest. Many bands that continue to remain active from the 80's focus only on their 80's hits over and over, while others have digressed so far from their original sound that they don't even sound like the same band anymore. So sometimes I hesitate to even pick up works from some of these bands. However, I was very pleased with what I heard on this album. I heard so much from their earlier years on this album, mainly from their 90's albums Technique
. So it is we have it here, have listened to it dozens of times since it was released and has been a hit with our listeners on our radio show.
The album kicks off with the band's new hit single "Restless" which is one of the most solid tracks on the album hearkening back to the solid foundations of the band. With Sumner's smooth vocals relating the poignant lyrics over the backdrop of dance-friendly music featuring subtle synths, plenty of guitar and a moving beat. The album features several of these solid tracks moving along, transitioning perfectly from piece to piece with "Singularity" and "Plastic" and later with "Academic" really being grounded in the roots of the band's more guitar-driven sound with the strumming acoustic guitar mixed with the moving percussion creating a catchy rhythm accented by mesmerizing guitar riffs and Sumner's trademark vocals.
While we may never see the dark and brooding sounds of "Murder" or epic four-on-the-floor structures like "Blue Monday" on this album, we have some groovy pieces across "Tutti Frutti", "People on the High Line" and the mostly spoken word and instrumental piece "Stray Dog". As the album progresses further, we get more of that excellent mix of subtle synths and rhythm guitar on "Nothing But a Fool" and while it may not be Peter Hook on the bass, we still that solid bass sound that remains a staple to the New Order
sound on this album. "Unlearn This Hatred" picks up the pace a bit and brings out more classic electronic elements and sets up the album for the heavily electronics influenced finale to the album "The Game".
So there you have it. As far as bands that have been around for more than 30 years goes, this one continues to go strong after the breaks they've had. This album includes the solid foundation we love from the past, yet shows the band can move on and continue to build and create great new music. Pick it up, enjoy it!