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This CD is an out of print collectible!It is the original 1992 Qwest/Warner Bros. release. Catalog 9-45089-2. There is a drill hole through the spine of the case.
This is New Order's debut in name only, with the ghost of Ian Curtis still hanging heavily over his grieving Joy Division bandmates. It would take them one more step, to the brilliant Power, Corruption and Lies, to really assert their own power. Movement, then, is the sound of guitarist Bernard Sumner, percussionist Stephen Morris, and innovative bassist Peter Hook building a bridge from JD's Sturm und Drang drone to New Order's considerably brighter dance pop. It's an interesting bridge to cross though, peppered with dark highlights like the almost poppy "Dreams Never End," the blip-blooping electro chaos of the Pere Ubu-influenced "ICB," and "The Him," with its rhythmic echoes of JD's "Atrocity Exhibition." --Michael Ruby
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Although, perhaps, the band was still searching for its own voice, I still like New Order's "Movement" quite alot, as much, in fact, as any pre-"Republic" album. As other reviewers have noted, the first song "Dreams Never End," is the least representational song on the album, and foreshadows some of New Order's best work on future albums. Its main riff was also pretty much lifted by The Cure for the song "In Between Days." (That's O.K. -- New Order, on later albums, borrowed from the Cure's "A Forest" and "Just Like Heaven," for its songs "Sunrise" and "All the Way").
The break-out dance song on "Movement," is, of course, "Chosen Time," which really should have been included on the "Substance" album. With its infectious bass and guitar riff, "Chosen Time" rates as one of New Order's greatest obscure classics. I also like the last three songs ("The Him," "Doubts Even Here," and "Denial") which, again, though clearly evocative of Joy Division, provide the true flavor of this album. One criticism: some of the songs include extraneous sounds that are merely unnecessary distractions to the melody. Overall though, I personally enjoy "Movement," as much as the band's follow-up, "Power, Corruption and Lies," to which I also awarded four stars. Of course, PC&L marked New Order's clear break from its haunted past.
Curtis' vocals - the emotional depth he was able to bring to Closer - obviously couldn't be duplicated, although it sounds like the band is trying. Yet, there is a mechanical-computerized element in much of Movement that predates Blue Monday and which works quite well. Clearly, with the Bauhaus cover art and album title, New Order isn't just trying to recreate Joy Division. Even that exercise did yield good fruit, though. The song In a Lonely Place is great (the b-side for the band's first single).
Dreams Never End is similar to the original FAC 33 release of Ceremony. Both are excellent. (I prefer the original Ceremony to the version on Substance.)
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