New Order
Substance


5.0
classic

Review

by someguest USER (23 Reviews)
February 24th, 2013 | 94 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An essential electronic compilation.

Born out of the ashes of Joy Division, New Order found repeated success in the 1980s from an urge to break boundaries by producers and the band itself. This urge helped form the first wave of electronic music and establish a culture fascinated by music with electronic roots. The band had success with traditional album releases, but it was the extended cuts and associated remixes that catapulted them to the top, especially in Europe and Australia. And while the material is somewhat dated, it still holds its own weight today.

The lyrics are clearly not the main focus and come off as a bit cheesy as they're crooned quite quietly and melodramatically. However, they work because they fit the music. It's funny in an ironic sort of way, because some of these first dance songs aren't really songs to which someone would dance. A glance through the lyrics alone would give the listener an impression of music that would be ideal for sulking. This tells how important the beat was becoming. It was all about the beat. You could say whatever you wanted as long as people could move to it. The sound trumped any message.

Many of the 12" singles found on this release follow a similar formula. There is still somewhat of a traditional song flow as most of the tracks follow a verse-chorus track. The difference is the long instrumental passages. Almost all of the tracks begin and end with a drawn out instrumental passage, and there's usually a few thrown somewhere within the middle of the tracks too. The instrumentals work because they're always shifting; sound effects are added, pulled, distorted, and combined to create a world within a song. The songs are easy to get lost in, which is entirely the point.

As it turns out, electronic experimentation was ideal with a new wave foundation. There is a solid new wave base to these tracks, as shown by the guitar tones, synthesizer use, and corny snare hits. The tracks then expand beyond this base with a landscape that makes the listener want to get up and move. And really, this record is one of the few ideal compilations just because of the sheer work it would take to find all of these original singles on their own. It's been over twenty-five years since its release, but it's still one of the best electronic albums to date.



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someguest
February 24th 2013


20573 Comments


If you haven't heard this album, get on it. You only need the first disc.

bloc
February 24th 2013


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No way. Disc 2 is mandatory.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

someguest
February 24th 2013


20573 Comments


Bloc, you're the first person I've heard say that about it. I just don't get the same feel from those B-sides.

bloc
February 24th 2013


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

True, it isn't as good as the first disc, but that's only because the first disc has the band's hottest tracks. I think the second disc provides good company.

someguest
February 24th 2013


20573 Comments


These are the dance 12" singles andcas. If you want good electronica go for this, if you want depressed new wave go for Joy Division.

Mickeymau5
February 24th 2013


1614 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ceremony is a Joy Division Track redone for New Order Right? I know I read that somewhere in the linear notes

someguest
February 24th 2013


20573 Comments


You are correct.

http://www.last.fm/music/New+Order/_/Ceremony

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2013


4424 Comments


Really good work here someguest. POS'd. I haven't heard this one myself though, but I'm more into Joy Division than the latter
stuff with New Order to be honest. I'll give this a listen.

someguest
February 24th 2013


20573 Comments


Thanks. I like these singles a lot more than any of their albums. I actually got into this hearing these versions of "Blue Monday", "Perfect Kiss", and "Bizarre Love Triangle" at work, which is odd because I work for a grocery store.

bloc
February 24th 2013


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, it was adult contemporary radio that got me into these guys. I used to hear Bizarre Love Triangle when I was younger and always wondered who or even what it was. It's one of my all time favourite songs now.

Actually, there are several tracks on this album that would easily be in my top 50 songs ever.

someguest
February 24th 2013


20573 Comments


This stuff needs to be back on the radio!

"Shellshock" is probably my favorite, followed by "Perfect Kiss".

scissorlocked
February 24th 2013


3510 Comments


gotta dig this band

nice review man

kingsoby1
Emeritus
February 24th 2013


4950 Comments


Record is awesome. Nice review. I'm sureyou'll be contributor if u keep it up

someguest
February 24th 2013


20573 Comments


Thanks man.

demigod!
February 24th 2013


44453 Comments


hmm... i love electronic music, but really can not get into post punk.

nice review, this sounds interesting, might check, etc

Digging: Portishead - Dummy

someguest
February 24th 2013


20573 Comments


Most of this album is beat driven electronic experimentation. Don't worry about not being into post punk.

someguest
February 24th 2013


20573 Comments


Double post.

foxblood
February 24th 2013


6797 Comments


love new order so much, wish they got more attention around here

foxblood
February 24th 2013


6797 Comments


i love electronic music, but really can not get into post punk.


dude seriously? post-punk is one of my favorite genres

someguest
February 24th 2013


20573 Comments


The whole era where post-punk/new wave (let's admit it, they go hand in hand) were mainstream is incredible. I know around here I'm like the only person my age who is really into it.



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