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New Order's best. Which really is saying something.,
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This review is from: Substance (Audio CD)
By rights I shouldn't be listening to this band. I'm 18 years old and seriously into the trance/balearic scene, which has only really been going since 1995. So why do I own every album by this one group, especially since most of their stuff was written in the cheese-ridden 1980's?
Because they're superb, that's why. Anyone who cannot understand what all the fuss is about, here's your answer neatly presented in two-disc CD format. Substance is the best of a superlative group of albums, and deserves to be on everyone's shelf.
CD1 is the best. The hard-driving "Ceremony" is a good opener, and the disc runs through the reasonable "Everything's gone green" and impressive "Temptation", to the classic "Blue Monday", an instantly recognisable track. "Confusion" follows, a slightly cheesey but very listenable track, and then the album slows down a bit with "Thieves like us" and the brilliant "Perfect Kiss". A remix of "Subculture" comes next, not as good as the original but still great, followed by the weaker "Shellshock" and reasonable "State of the Nation". Near the end, "Bizarre Love Triangle" is indeed slightly weird, but with an infectious sound, and the album is rounded out by "True Faith" - New Order's greatest achievement and one of the best songs of all time in my opinion.
CD2 is the lesser-known B-sides to the ones described above. All have their merits, but aren't as classic as the A-sides, and most people won't listen to this CD as much as the first. Pity.
All in, this is a great album which really demonstrates how good some music in the 1980's was. My mates might take the mickey for listening to 1980's music (on a 1980's stereo in my 1980's car!), but when it's this good, who cares? That's got to be a good recommendation from someone who was four when this album was released...