Substance is an interesting compilation that ignores Closer and most of Unknown Pleasures, instead mopping up the EPs and singles released by the band in between, right down to the posthumous Komakino. It makes for a fine listen.
While the band's true genius is essentially absent without Day Of The Lords and the songs from Closer, the music here is still predominantly great. The songs under the earlier, punkier guise as Warsaw are raw, scratchy and thrilling, especially the selt-titled opener which has recently made its way back into New Order's setlists. Also present is a slightly different edit of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart,' the glimmer of hope in a coal-black body of work that is 'Transmission,' and the wondrous 'Atmosphere,' one of the more heartbreaking songs of their canon.
This is a sensibly compiled disc, around 65 minutes of songs which are a good example of the band we know and love. While the recent Heart And Soul box set feels like pillage and overkill, this compilation is more abbreviated and ultimately better off album, a fine companion piece to the band's two studio albums.