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Music Complete (2LP) Import
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Long awaited album Music Complete is New Order's first full studio release since 2005's Waiting For The Siren's Call, and their debut for Mute. The album finds the group revitalised, and where they had previously pushed toward electronics or guitars, here the two are in balance. Music Complete also marks a return to the studio for Gillian Gilbert, this is her first album with New Order since 2001's Get Ready.
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Besides the obvious great song in Restless, I found People On The High Line as another high energy song. I have to admit, I was literally snapping my fingers as I was on my run with those in the song (and I didn't care who saw me or what they thought). Academic's bass notes and lyrics feel like they could drive right though a brick wall...fantastic! NO did themselves a huge favor by ending it all with Superheated as a song of days gone by, but still inspirational and timeless. "We are so different, yet we're the same...the things that I remember, that I wish I could change" drives with an upbeat tempo as they musically turn another page.
The album mixes up sounds quite nicely but hit their heights on the more elctronic tracks.Album, opener 'restless' is classic new order but does not prepare for the electric soundscape coming up. 'Singularity' is a nice transition piece with it hybrid mix of guitars and hard electronics. Promo single 'plastic' is a 7 minute gallop throu Giorgio Moroder-esque synths and dance beats. 'tutti frutti' with its ridiculous name is easily one of the album standouts with a deep Italian spoken recalling 1989's fine time before lush keyboards kick in and Barney dueting with La Roux's Elly on a catchy chorus. NO get 70's funky on ' people on the high line' with a housey piano and funky bass.
The high point of 'music complete' is "academic" which features more guitar oriented sounds fused with a lush orchestral sound underneath the groove. Some reviewers have suggested the lyrics are directed to Peter Hook although it's ambiguous enough to be about anything.
The album closes with the euphoric "unlearn this hatred", the filler track 'the game' and finally "superheated" featuring Brandon Flowers. The latter is a bouncy country sounding ballad with a beat that shouldn't work but strangely does. The Stuart Price production keeps this sounding fresh and blends with the album's electronic theme.
Any New Order album is cause for excitement but 'Music Complete' is a reason to celebrate. The songs are strong, continue NO's legacy, feature guest artists without being gimmicky and present a total work that is memorable. Welcome back New Order!