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Low-Life [CD]

New Order Audio CD
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Rising from the ashes of the legendary British post-punk unit Joy Division, the enigmatic New Order triumphed over tragedy to emerge as one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of the 1980s; embracing the electronic textures and disco rhythms of the underground club culture many years in advance of its contemporaries, the group's pioneering fusion of ... Read more in Amazon's New Order Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Jan 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • ASIN: B000046QAF
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Love Vigilantes 4:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Perfect Kiss 4:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. This Time Of Night 4:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sunrise 6:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Elegia 4:550.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Sub-Culture 4:580.79  Buy MP3 
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With the 1985 release of Low Life, New Order put forth their most commercially accessible effort to date. While some of the dark-wave drippings of their Joy Division roots are evident, high-energy progressions, which would carry them for years to come, began to emerge here. Hits like "Perfect Kiss" and "Sub-Culture", with their synth hooks, club-stomping accents, and visceral lyrics, helped bridge the gap for growing synth-pop audiences who bolstered their success. Other refined techniques on the album became standard New Order conventions: sweeping analogue rolls, live and sequenced drum percussion, tight bass melodies, and edgy guitar leads. Sustained by a peerless level of emotional involvement, the vocals and lyrics further entice the listener with the obliquely nuanced style of Bernard Sumner. Standing the test of time, this release is a must-have in order to understand the origins of introspective pop-wave culture. --Lucas Hilbert

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic! 8 July 2006
By Nik
Format:Audio CD
Low-Life was where I got onboard and 21 years later I'm still a fan! From the booming drum intro this album captures New Order at the top of their game.Love Vigilantes' story of war and religion now reminds you the more things change, the more they stay the same! The Perfect Kiss is both state of the art (in 1985!) and a tribute to Ian Curtis ("My friend he took his final breath, Now I know the perfect kiss is the kiss of death").This Time Of Night is hauntingly beautiful with Peter Hook's comic spoken intro ("I'm one of the few people I know who enjoys sports on television"). Sunrise, the best rocker since their Joy Division days with an intro that DEMANDS maximum volume.

Elegia is proof that New Order really were the 80's equivalent of Pink Floyd, a wonderful, slow building instrumental that may be their finest ever track. Sooner Than You Think still baffles me lyrically but it's a great track with the guitar - bass interplay effortlessly wonderful. Sub-Culture is epic, forget the AWFUL remix,the orginal version is where it's at. An awesome bass solo by Peter Hook reminds you just how good he can be, while Barney's lyrics are sharp and sour. Face Up is the archetypal New Order track; painfully sad and wonderfully joyful at the same time.If you only own one New Order album (you shouldn't there's several more you should have!), make it Low-Life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding creative brilliance 13 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
Low Life is one of the few albums I can listen to in any mood. 8 incredible tracks which transcends all emotions: upbeat and fun, dark and moody, melancholy and reflective, angry and defiant. The album hits true brilliance with the instrumental Elegia, the absolute highlight of the album for me. Elegia is the type of track that induces an unrelenting assault of goose pimples down the spinal cord in what is an incredibly beautiful piece of music on a truly sublime album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 23 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
The best new order album for me.
It's one of the most angry and disturbed albums I've heard, and it illustrates perfectly their way of singing songs about despair and hatred over a thumping discoey baseline.
The sequencing is stark and hard and sounds brilliant for it, and the lyrics are a joy.
Perfect Kiss isn't as good as the 12", but subculture is far better than the single - it's shorter, but not spoilt by the inappropriate female backing vocals. the fantastic sequencing at the refrain (?) is left untarnished by remixing.
It's an album you want to play loud on headphones in the dark when someone you love has really made you angry lol.
There's a vague similarity with the pet shop boys first album, please, in the stark keyboards and sub-culture subject matter, though of a different sort, and both groups went on to sound more refinded, still brilliant, but they were both on the cusp (?) of genius here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic from the true greats 22 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm in awe. Once again, New Order have grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and shaken me alive! I got this just last week and I've been in love with it ever since. Every track oozes sheer class, from the brooding This Time Of Night to the driving anger of Sunrise, the wistful Elegia and the upbeat finale of Face Up. The versions of Sub-culture and The Perfect Kiss that are on this aren't as good as the ones on the Substance CD (TPK's lyrics in particular lose some of their impact through the chopping-up the track suffered) but otherwise, superb stuff once again. If you're a fan and you don't have this, go get it. If you've stopped listening to it, why?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Low-life but high art 4 Dec 2001
By sonik57
Format:Audio CD
Awesome. There's no other word for it. I recall
buying the vinyl (yes albums still came out on
plastic in them days) in Hammersmith in 1985.
From the very start - and the album version has
the tracks in a different order! - it grabs you
and pulls you in. Love Vigilantes is a sarcasm-laced anti-war song which became a live
favourite for years afterwards. This lead onto
The Perfect Kiss (not the long version on the 12")
with its enigmatic lyric and funky Latin percussion (!) and then into darker territory with
a track I've often played myself, This Time Of
Ironically, the band were to include a vocal
sample of a famous tippling magazine columist,
Jeffrey Bernard, on the track's intro as he
uttered a sentance containing the album's
title. Jeff wasn't keen so Hooky voiced it instead and he can be heard quietly speaking the
offending line right at the start just before
the drum machine starts (mind your speakers if
you turn it up to hear him!).
Side two sees some total belters, as if things
could get any better: Sunrise an explosion of
energy following Elegia which at the time was
compared to the Cocteau Twins! Yes, there's
also the deliberate use of a scratched record
sometime through the track to keep your attention!
Sooner Than You Think is another bitingly sarcastic anthem against the inanities asked of
the band by music journalists.
The final pair of tracks take us out on a high.
Subculture is apparently about the joys of sex
(follow the lyrics) and Face Up ends the opus
with a joyous chorus of "oh, I cannot bear the
thought of you!": to see and hear hundreds of
people sign this live is quite something!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
I love New Order but had forgotten about them for a while. I then heard then on an old clip on TV which regenerated my interest. Great album!
Published 13 months ago by Marion Parks
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album which sounds so much better on CD than scratched vinyl
Few Indie albums sound good on a decent hifi but this great album really benefits from a digit clean up allowing it to be played loud to really get the benefit of the dynamic range... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jeremy Pawley
5.0 out of 5 stars all the best from great group
they formed out of the survivors from Joy Division and what a great group they are and this album prooves it. Buy a copy
Published 17 months ago by malmac
5.0 out of 5 stars bernard is scalding hot
this is so huge . just further into the realm of greatness. there is no one within striking distance now. the competition is plowed under, devastated, limp. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2011 by James S. Prichard
5.0 out of 5 stars great listen
Evokes the spirit and feeling of my younger days, some great tunes which simply don't date. A timeless CD recommended for both seasoned New Order fans and newbies to the band.
Published on 13 Oct 2010 by G. METCALFE
5.0 out of 5 stars new order for beginners!!!! part 1
new order where out when i was in my teens..but never a huge temptation! (pun!) i bought substance and thought that was all i would need! Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2007 by Mr. Nathan Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic mid-eighties NO
Low-Life is perhaps not New Order's best album (Technique, I think takes that accolade), but its certainly one of the best, and it is definitely their most "eighties" sounding... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2006 by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Lowbrow genius!
Entranced and aching, swathed in strings and coiling bubbles of beats, jabbed with jagged lines and scratchy frustrations, a deep booming of the most innocent yet ingenious melody... Read more
Published on 21 May 2006 by R. Nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronica when no-one was expecting it!
If you consider this was released in 1984, it is so far ahead of it's time it's scary. For many this is THE New Order record, and it's easy to see why. Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2003 by Simon Cole
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