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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1986
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Qwest / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LAP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rising from the ashes of the legendary British post-punk unit Joy Division, the enigmatic New Order triumphed over tragedy to emerge as one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of the 1980s; embracing the electronic textures and disco rhythms of the underground club culture many years in advance of its contemporaries, the group's pioneering fusion of ... Read more in Amazon's New Order Store

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Customer Reviews

This album has a lot to offer and is a great starting point for new fans.
Experimenting a bit with their sound was a good idea, but the album is hurt by a lack of strong songs.
'As It Was When It Was' tries for a delicate sound, but the lyrics are too horrible to stomach.
Henry Platte

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Drucker on October 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on vinyl the day it was released (September 1986), and it still remains fresh to my ears. It is relentlessly inventive, energetic, emotional, and original. And, being New Order, it's obtuse yet accessible all at once. Though it's an almost impossible decision, I might actually call this their best album, if only for sheer consistency of excellence and depth of ideas -- I've never understood why Brotherhood is usually slagged, even by the band themselves. (This is from someone who can sing from memory most New Order and Joy Division songs.) Previous reviewers are right when they say it's a more rock-oriented album than Substance -- at least side one. But to me, New Order were never anything but a rock band wrote songs that happened to be danceable, and Brotherhood keeps with the tradition of blending the electronic and acoustic that has marked every one of their albums (except, perhaps, Republic). Every track is rich, warm, and intense -- the production (by the band) is perfect, with every sound exactly as it needs to be. It's more for listening than for dancing, but it's hard not to move -- or be moved. The wistfulness, mystery, and feeling in the lyrics is both inspiring and disarming, and the music speaks just as loudly. In my opinion, this was their last truly brilliant album (the retrospectives don't count, Technique is not quite to the same level, Republic is forgettable, and Get Ready is quite good but marred by weak lyrics), and I expect to still be listening to it in another 15 years. I wish I could say the same for the side projects, which just don't have the magic for me -- they are so good as a band, and have such a distinct sound, that it's just not all there when they are working apart from each other. Brotherhood and the albums that preceded it are everlasting.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By paul on November 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The MUSIC on these New Order reissues get a 5/5, easily. However, there were far too many egregious mistakes made in the creation of the discs themselves to give them a pass. Only the first discs were re-mastered though they still have some problems, it is the bonus discs that are an absolute mess.

Warner Music/Rhino know about these problems, but there is yet no word on any forthcoming fixes. So I'd hold off until these issues are addressed.

Noted below are the specific problems with the Brotherhood reissue:

1, Paradise
2, weirdo
3, As it is when it was
4, Broken promise
5, Way of life
6, Bizarre love triangle
7, All day long
8, Angel dust
9, Every little counts
10, State of the nation

Brotherhood - bonus disc
1, Bizarre love triangle (shep pettibone remix)
2, 1963 - Clicks at 0:04, 0:25, 0:28, 0:30, 0:39, 0:46, 0:55, 1:14, 1:37, 1:56, 2:03, 2:07, 2:14, 2:42, 3:07, 3:29, 3:40, 3:54, 4:25, 4:32, 4:34, 4:40, 4:55, 5:00, 5:16, and 5:25. "Stutter" at 3:36. In addition, "the track has a lot of clipping"
3, True Faith (shep pettibone remix)
4, Touched by the hand of god - Dubious sound quality, clicks, pops and digital glitches at: 0:08, 0:13, 0:15, 0:23, 0:29, 0:39, 6:53, 6:58, and 7:00.
5, Blue Monday `88
6, Evil dust - "sounds like it was recorded directly from vinyl", "crackles or some sort of skip at the start"
7, True Dub - Not what it says: plays a 1994 Tall Paul "eschreamer dubbier" remix
8, beach buggy - Not what it says: plays Blue Monday 1988 (dub version)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Matt Davis on February 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is New Order's most experimental album, and arguably one of their best. I'm not sure why its never mentioned along with albums like PC&L's and Low-Life. This may sound unpopular, but I truly believe its superior to either of those efforts. Both side one and side two have their own distinctive yet coherent sound. I will admit that "Paradise" is not as strong as an opener as "Love Vigilantes" or even "Age of Consent", but the tracks "Weirdo" and "Way of Life" are simply lovely and upbeat pop songs. "BLT" needs no discussion. "All Day Long" has an extremely off-the-wall contrast between the music and the lyrics (which are very good-child abuse), but it doesn't end up ruining this highly uplifting piece, which resolves itself with a lengthy instrumental exchange that is one of the band's finest moments. Finally, "Every Second Counts" reminds us that while New Order is passionate about what they do, they still have a sense of humor that can coexist with all the beauty. The song begins with a Lou Reedish tempo, but concludes sounding much more like the chaotic ending of the Beatles "A Day in the Life." Personally, I think its second only to Technique.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on June 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Don't buy "Brotherhood," for the dance rock classic "Bizarre Love Triangle." The version on this album is radically different than the one that dominated the club scene in the late 80s and early 90s (for that version, you want the album "Substance"). This is the album where New Order decided to stretch their songwriting abilities to the maximum. When the succeed, (like on the utterly amazing but truly downcast "All Day Long") the effect is mezmerizing. This is an inconsistent set of songs that has more high points than low. However, it is most definately NOT the New Order of the dance floor.
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