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|1. Sink Or Swim|
|2. Twist of Fate|
|3. Summer Days|
|4. This Is Home|
|5. Running Out of Luck|
|7. Poisonous Intent|
|8. These Changes|
|9. Walk On Silver Water|
|10. Shine Like the Sun|
|12. Head Into Tomorrow|
Bad Lieutenant sees New Order vocalist Bernard Sumner team up with Phil Cunningham – who joined the band officially in 2004, replacing founder Gillian Gilbert – and newcomer Jake Evans, who shares vocal responsibilities. Former New Order drummer Stephen Morris will man the kit for live performances, and can be seen in the video for this debut album’s lead single, Sink or Swim. The best aspect of said track: it sounds a bit like New Order, albeit the late-era variety rather than the one that helped define alternative music in the 1980s. And that’s both a blessing and a curse.
New Order still have a lot of fans, a side-effect of being quite so brilliant. And these fans will continually be interested in any new project that features the oddly detached-yet-delicate tones of Sumner, and Morris’s involvement seals the deal. But because of the impression left by records like 1983’s Power, Corruption & Lies and 1989’s Balearic-of-beat Technique, comparisons to the pair’s previous endeavours will forever precede evaluation of the material at hand. If you’re after evidence, clearly you’ve not read any of the above.
But, to briefly touch upon what predictably enough pales in comparison to anything New Order produced up to (and including) 1993’s underrated Republic: Never Cry Another Tear is a perfectly decent indie-rock album full of perfectly decent indie-rock tunes, which will find a home on the shelves of any halfway discerning indie-rock fan. A couple of duds – the dreary closer, Head Into Tomorrow, could have been omitted – can be overlooked because, well, it’s Barney. And what Barney likes is usually alright.
Assessing matters at that level of quality control, Bad Lieutenant don’t put a foot wrong. --Mike Diver
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