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on 8 June 2011
In 1987 there was "Substance". That had a point : most of New Order's singles at that point hadn't been on any album. In 1994 there was "(The Best Of)" which had a couple of re-recordings on. In 1995 there was "(The Rest Of)" which was a bunch of remixes. In 2002, there was "International". And "Retro". In 2006 we had "Singles". In 2011, we have "Total". And I have had enough.
There's one new song here which is thoroughly average b-side fodder. The rest of the music is brilliant. And since "Blue Monday" sold something like 3,000,000 12" singles, and is also on all six of the 'Best of' records, there must be about 20 people that don't have a New Order song in some form. This then, is for them. If you want an introduction to a now split-up band or don't own any of their stuff then this is for you. The rest of you, and the band, should know better.