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This review is from: Movement (Audio CD)
This album, as almost everyone knows, is one of New Order's least critically acclaimed albums. The reasons are very simple--aside from a few more experiments with drum machines, there seems to be virtually no new territory covered from their time as Joy Division. And when you have Barney taking Ian's place, it only seems to get worse.
But you must consider that this was released a year after Closer. Of course, Joy Division grew by leaps and bounds from their punk days to Unknown Pleasures, and thence to Closer, but this level of growth could not be maintained by any band, especially one that lost their lead singer only a year before. They should be applauded for "moving" on--what Movement is all about.
And what about the music? If you are a fan of Joy Division's music, you will likely be a fan of this; I hear distinct echoes (but not rehashes) of "Atrocity Exhibition," "Komakino," "Insight," and "Decades." And if you are a fan of New Order's early singles or Power, Corruption & Lies, you will probably like this, too, with certain tracks looking forward to "Blue Monday" and "Age of Consent."
This album is very, even surprisingly, enjoyable despite its historically lukewarm to negative reviews--it has both Martin Hannett's atmospheric, moody mix and some of the experiments with electronica that Joy Division was already starting to experiment with. If anything, the energy and brilliance of Movement should convince anyone that Joy Division was not Ian Curtis's solo act (as undoubtedly important as he was). And if this were viewed by critics as a debut (which it arguably is) instead of as a disappointing follow-up to Closer, it would have had the fair reception it deserves.
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Initial post: Aug 17, 2007 1:26:42 PM PDT
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Swing Out Mister says:
I bought this when it first came out, so I know that I'm biased by time. Sonically, it kicked a booty. There is a lot of interplay between the dark electronics (in a minor key) and the almost obsessive guitarwork in fashioning these songs.
Bernard's voice is lost between the exchanges, but it's sullenness still helps to create the masterwork that is "Movement".
I remember being fascinated by the grooves on the second song going in a concentric movement due to the way that track was laid down.
I still own the vinyl and there is a depth to it in so many ways that no CD can ever capture.
I loved the classic electro single "Blue Monday" later too, but that became the end of the New Order that I cared about.
Great review. You are able to hear (and account for) much that others don't appreciate in this New Order debut.
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