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New Order by any other name?,
This review is from: Monaco (Audio CD)
Monaco is (or was, depending on your point of view) the side-project of New Order bassist Peter Hook and this album was released at a time when New Order were taking something of a hiatus.
That said, a lot of the songs on this album sound an awful like New Order - vocalist David Potts is dead ringer, vocally, for Bernard Sumner and Hooky's high-register bass runs are all present and correct. Still, if something ain't broke, why bother fixing it?
Basically, all the songs on the album are New Order-style pop, and none the worse for it, and the arguments that had this been released as a New Order album it'd be a lot better than 'Republic' was are bang on the money.
It's difficult to pick out a standout track, as they're all pretty good - my personal favourite is 'Seesaw' which is a disco/techno workout which reminds me of Technique-era New Order and has a seriously infectious bassline, but is let down by some hopelessly naff lyrics ('Do it on the dancefloor' ... come ON!).
The short form is: if you like New Order then I'd be pretty surprised if you didn't like this, and would make a pretty good purchase along with New Order's 'Get Ready' album.