Power, Corruption & Lies
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New Order formed in Manchester, U.K. in 1980, rising from the ashes of Joy Division after lead singer Ian Curtis' tragic death. Guitarist Bernard Sumner took on vocal duties, and with drummer Stephen Morris, bassist Peter Hook and keyboardist Gillian Gilbert, the group became one of the biggest British acts of their era. Pioneering the fusion of new wave, alt-rock, electronica, synth-pop, house and club music, their unique sound was as thought-provoking and soulful as it was dancefloor-ready.
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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.'
1) The older pressings have the plastic "Collectors Edition" sleeve on the outside, and the newer pressings don't.
2) The newer pressings have a second book inside with details on all five remastered albums and the older ones don't.
This is actually a little bit misleading as the "Low-Life" I received did not have the plastic sleeve and did have the second booklet. So, I assumed it was the corrected version. But the second disc is obviously the flawed version with glaring glitches and pops throughout.
Perhaps Rhino is recycling all of the defective discs that have been returned to them, hoping less informed buyers won't notice. At any rate, be wary. They should have recalled the bad copies from retailers back in 2009.