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Feel every beat,
This review is from: Bernard Sumner: Confusion - Joy Division, Electronic and New Order Verus the World: Confusion - Joy Division, Electronic and New Order Versus the World (Paperback)
This is an enjoyable book and I would recommend it highly to all New Order / Factory Records fans. David Nolan has researched his subject thoroughly and the book is well written, although it does occasionally slip into slightly clunky/corny prose.
Despite Bernard's frequent annotations which successfully and highly entertainingly pepper the book, he does remain guarded and an enigma, with the result that you finish the book feeling that although you know a lot more about Bernard, you don't really know him that much better as a person. It would have been good to have had more original contributions from Gillian Gilbert and Steven Morris, or even collaborators such as Johnny Marr and the Pet Shop Boys.
David Nolan states at the outset that the book is not a 'blow-by-blow' account of Bernards recording career, but a little more detail might have helped the book overall. For example, an overview of Electronic's first album starts with a track by track commentary, but stops unexpectedly at 'Get the message,' ignoring the last three songs on the album. Similarly, Electronic's highest charting single ('Disappointed') is overlooked.
Despite these criticisms, the book is a success and Bernard's commentary in particular makes this a highly credible read and far better than most 'unofficial' rock biographies that are commissioned.