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on 20 January 2000
New Order's debut album sees them still suffering a hangover from the suicide of Ian Curtis and the subsequent breakup of their previous band, Joy Division. The opening track 'Dreams Never End' has Bernard Sumner very much trying to emulate Curtis' bassy voice, but the album does hint at the band's future direction in other respects with its use of synth and drum machine loops, especially on 'Chosen Time', which would not have been out of place on the band's next album, the alltogether more dance-orientated 'Power, Corruption and Lies'.
This album is in many respects an anomaly, not as angst-ridden as most of Joy Division's efforts, nor is it the New Order we would come to expect over the next 13 years. Nevertheless it is hard to avoid the ablum's infectiousness in what was a great debut from a band that would become one of the most influential in the UK.
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