Power Corruption & Lies
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|Audio CD, November 11, 2008||
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Their second outing found the electronic dance group experimenting heavily with synthesizers and sequencers and marked a significant break from the Joy Division sound. The original release didn't include the best-selling independent 12" single Blue Monday , but this collector's edition features it on the bonus disc, along with the hits Lonesome Tonight; The Beach; Murder , and both the instrumental and album versions of Thieves Like Us and Confusion . 16 tracks in all!
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Hands down this is one of the best albums I've ever heard. Over a month later I'm still listening to it constantly. Considering it was released over 30 years ago and can still hold court with modern electronic music is a testament to the song quality. Sure it's 80s flavored but not terribly so like some of their later work I've checked out.
This is not to say that the album is without its flaws. A lot of the music is much more minimalist than later New Order releases, which to some people is either a curse or a blessing. The music is also somewhat positioned in-between their more dancy and their more minimalist sound, which makes this seem more like a transitional album. 'Age Of Consent' is really a sign of things to come for New Order. 'Leave Me Alone' and 'Your Silent Face' stand out as the most musically striking compositions (along with 'Age Of Consent') and make this album what it is. 'The Village' is definitely an escape from the gloom of their previous incarnation. While not the best New Order album (in this reviewers opinion) it is definitely a good album by any standards.
*** It is my guess that when Warner re-issued New Order's back catalogue in compact disc format, that 'Blue Monday' was stuck on here because the album had no singles on it and 'Blue Monday' and its b-side 'The Beach' were stuck on to make this album stand out to people who bought the original 12" or who knew this monster hit but didn't want to pay $$$ for 'Substance.'