New Order
Technique


4.0
excellent

Review

by STOP SHOUTING! USER (27 Reviews)
April 29th, 2009 | 20 replies | 10,769 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Nothing in this world can touch the music that I heard, when I woke up this morning. It put the sun in my life, cut my heartbeat with a knife." (Dream Attack)

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Following Ian Curtis’ suicide in 1980, Joy Division renamed themselves New Order with the addition of Gillian Gilbert on keyboards. Although they were the ultimate alternative indie band with plaintive, vulnerable lyrics, all four band members were multi-instrumentalists and were soon coating their basic guitar sound in swathes of synthesizers and bass (played almost as a lead guitar), backed up with expansive drum patterns and sequenced beats. They played a prominent role in most of the music movements of the 80s, ranging from the synth pop of the New Romantics to the dance rock of Madchester Rave, from the ground-breaking dance electro of Blue Monday to the acid house of Fine Time.

The recording of this album coincided with Bernard Sumner undergoing a divorce from his first wife and this is reflected in many of the bitter lyrics:
"I worked hard to give you all the things that you need, and almost everything that you see, I spent a lifetime working for you, and you won’t even talk to me" (Love Less). Drug problems with heroin and ecstacy also played their part to create a band that was falling apart at the seams: "You work your way to the top of the world, and then you break your life in two. What the hell is happening? I can’t think of everything. I don’t know what day it is or who I’m talking to" (Run).

Compared to the all-knowing doom and pretend lyrics of Ian Curtis, what makes the record is Sumner’s searing honesty as he gropes for half-truths in his emotional confusion. Moments of epiphany "it takes years to find the nerve to be apart from what you’ve done, to find the truth inside yourself, not depend on anyone" (All The Way) rub shoulders with those of despair "I can’t find my piece of mind, ‘cos I need you with me all the time, used to think about you night and day, didn’t care what other people would say. I’ve tried but I can’t find you, tell me now, what do I do?" (Mr Disco).

If Ian Curtis’ personal problems were part of the attraction of Joy Division, then the same could be said of Bernard Sumner’s own issues. With father unknown and his mother suffering from cerebral palsy, calling himself at various junctures Bernard Sumner, Bernard Dickin and Bernard Albrecht, this is a man desperately searching for his own identity: "The picture you see is no portrait of me, it’s too real to be shown to someone I don’t know" (Round & Round). He also hints darkly at child abuse in the song Vanishing Point (as he had done in the previous album in All Day Long).

If this all sounds a bit grim, then there is also an ever-present sense of humour here as well. You could never imagine Joy Division calling a song Mr Disco, impersonating the soul singer Barry White’s bass profondo with a ridiculous lyric such as "you know, I’ve met a lot of chicks, but I’ve never met a girl with all her own teeth", opening a song with a fit of coughing or closing out with the sound of bleating sheep.

Technique was New Order’s first UK no.1 album and they followed it up in the summer with their first UK no.1 single World in Motion. It was the last of a quartet of outstanding studio albums, with the various musical components competing for supremacy: the bass and drums of Power, Corruption and Lies, the synthesizers of Lowlife, the guitars of Brotherhood and the dance beats of Technique. However, the tensions that helped to fuel the creativity of the album, spawning perhaps their strongest collection of songs with lyrics to match, inevitably entailed the band’s implosion. They have re-formed to make three further (unfortunately fairly average) albums over the last fifteen years, undoubtedly tarnishing their reputation by doing so, but nothing can take away the legacy they left behind throughout the 80s.



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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2009



20797 Comments


While some of the lyrics & background being interesting and worthy of inclusion in ths review, you go overboard BlueBlah and end up concentrating too much on them. With their 4 albums apparently being different sounding musically, it would have been better to include at least an extra paragraph detailing the sound more.

STOP SHOUTING!
April 29th 2009



628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm a bit lyric-centric, if there's such a word, but I take your point Davey.

But most New Order reviews concentrate on their sound and disparage their lyrics. I wanted to show that the lyrics are in fact pretty strong.

Meatplow
April 29th 2009



5524 Comments


I want to check this band out further, I listened to the first couple of albums but didn't look any further.

STOP SHOUTING!
April 29th 2009



628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Meatplow, I see from your rating that you've heard their debut album "Movement," which is a bit sub-par Joy Division tbh.

STOP SHOUTING!
July 2nd 2010



628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Rewrote this.

GothicCatchyBallad
July 5th 2011



133 Comments


Acid House...

bab808
October 22nd 2011



456 Comments


might be my favorite new order album...

Graveyard
August 23rd 2012



5367 Comments


this and low life for me, personally

you can't go wrong with either album

oWhoadYo
August 23rd 2012



1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree Graveyard, this and Low - Life are their best.

Movement is like a Sub Par JD to me.

Graveyard
August 23rd 2012



5367 Comments


yea movement is just basically joy division without ian curtis

oWhoadYo
August 23rd 2012



1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They got slightly better on PC&L. Leave Me Alone is amazing though.

Graveyard
September 8th 2012



5367 Comments


fine time is hitting the right spot so hard right now

oWhoadYo
October 5th 2012



1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love listening to New Order.

It's kinda hard to tell if they were a Really sad band trying to make happy music or if they were a really happy band trying to make sad music and I absolutely love that about them. No other band is like that to me.

foxblood
November 22nd 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

album goes so hard

foxblood
January 20th 2013



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is a 5

foxblood
March 3rd 2013



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

finally got a hold of the remaster with all the bonus tracks in flac, could not be happier

slipnslide
March 25th 2013



2640 Comments


bump

Cygnatti
July 9th 2013



19945 Comments


damn a foxy 5? hmm

Digging: Lo-Fang - Blue Film

peaks40
July 9th 2013



2720 Comments


band rules

Funeralopolis
February 20th 2014



10419 Comments


album rocks

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