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The album that 'Republic' should have been ...,
This review is from: Get Ready (Audio CD)
'Get Ready' is one of the few albums I've bought recently which I've enjoyed right from the outset and without a period of 'growing on me'.
This is a definite return to form for New Order, especially after the curate's egg that was 'Republic' (when it was good it was good, otherwise ...) and the rather limp 'Best Of/Rest Of ...' collections.
What we have here is basically 9 absolutely blistering tunes plus 'Run Wild', definitely the odd man out but proving that New Order can pull off the acoustic ballad when they want to. That said, if you're looking for a dancefest in the vein of 'Technique' then you're going to be disappointed - this is very much a guitar/drums/bass-driven album with occasional bits of keyboard by way of sonic decoration. And it works. Beautifully.
It's difficult to pick any standout tracks; the single "Crystal" sounds most like 'typical' New Order, with Peter Hook's bass soaring over fuzzed-up guitar chords, 'Rock the Shack' is a down 'n dirty track featuring Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie amd 'Primitive Notion' sounds an awful lot like the Joy Division of old (listen to the intro ...)
Whilst the film '24hr Party People' undoubtedly renewed interest in bands like New Order (and the Manchester scene in general), and hence this album, it would have stood out even without this extra bit of publicity - it's that good.
Definitely worth a spin.