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#1 HALL OF FAMEon 23 February 2003
New Order have frequently produced patchy albums- Movement, Brotherhood & the recent Get Ready!; but coming back to Republic a decade later I tend to forgive its mediocre moments & have to admit that for the most part it's pretty great.
It came at an all-time low in the New Order camp, Factory & the Hacienda had gone & the band were not communicating very well- which may explain why several tracks sound more like Electronic/Pet Shop Boys than New Order. Producer Stephen Hague's influence is overly-apparent, single World (The Price of Love) is quite pleasant, but could easily have featured on Electronic's debut. It's just not New Order enough- Peter Hook was vocally unhappy about it when I saw them play it at the downbeat Reading93 performance that almost saw the band vanish.
The album does feature some downbeat classics, which suggested that the band were starting to look back towards the legacy of Joy Division- something that would be seen in the years to come: Monaco playing Failures, the existence of the book Touching from a Distance, the Heart & Soul Box-Set of 1997. Ruined in a Day, Everyone Everywhere & Special are all in this mode & easily stand out as highlights.
Spooky & Young Offender continue the club-sound of New Order, the former one of the great New Order singles that appear to have been written out of history (the latter is very Pet Shop Boys, even sharing a title with a track on PSB's 1993 album Very). Perhaps they ought to re-record this, get Hooky to sing the backing vocals...Liar is another favourite, though the soulful backing vocals are possibly as distracting as those on the Subculture 12" or songs like Brutal. "You've got your finger on the pulse & in my pocket, oh of course..." is a cutting lyric looking towards Tony Wilson & the glum state of things resulting from the Factory fall-out (which is not really got across in the upbeat film 24 Hour Party People).
Chemical is a bit of an out-take, sounding a bit New Order by numbers: a too familiar Hook-style bassline & a too-Electronic sense of music. Times Change is a better song, but still too Pet Shop Boys/Electronic- it should sound more like Your Silent Face but is more Liberation (it even has a Feel Every Beat-style rap); the keyboards are quite amazing though- making you think of rushing in the sun, an idea that this is heaven (so why does it feel like a hell?). The album concludes on the odd instrumental Avalanche, which sounds like the meeting point of As You Said & Cocteau Twins- easily sitting up there with 1985's Elegia.
Republic is an album that I'm quite fond of, which may account for a star or two more than it truly warrants, it's no Technique or Low Life, but what is?
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on 29 September 2015
I decided to revisit this album as it's been remastered to vinyl. After a shaky start with Movement, New Order soared to new heights. Power Corruption & Lies, Low-Life, Brotherhood and Technique (+ all non album singles) all saw New Order evolve as masters of mixing experimental new sounds and post punk guitar sounds into something fresh and inspired virtually all their peers (Cabaret Voltaire, Wire, Gang Of Four were just a few). They never chased pop success but achieved it without selling out.
As a NO fan, it was a no brainer to get this back in 1993. The opening of Regret was (and still is) the album highlight. But looking back time hasn't been too kind to the rest of the album. World, Young Offender, Chemical are of the 90's (dance beats). Times Change still makes me cringe with that awful "rap" but Special, Everyone Everywhere and Ruined In a Day do stand up as great New Order songs.

Not a bad album but the world had changed and NO were splintering into different factions. Check out Monaco, Electronic and of course the The Other Two albums post Republic

Also it has to have to worst Saville designed sleeve he's ever done.
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on 22 December 2014
Fantastic collection of electronic rock songs. Nothing bad on the entire album. A classic.
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on 2 September 2011
perfect music and the most wonderful voice . bernard is not just touched by god, god has his arms around him in a fabulous embrace . perhaps this is the best new order record
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on 13 July 2010
I have just recently re-discovered this after many years, and it is now my favourite New Order album. When it first came out in '93 (I think) I probably dismissed it as being too 'lightweight'. It's true that it's not as sublime as some of their earlier work, but I now think this is a great New Order album. It holds together as a whole album, with no dud tracks. The weakest track for me is the opener, the single 'Regret', with those awful lines 'I would like a place I could call my own, have a conversation on the telephone'. All in all a good example of NO's work (and also a bit like early Electronic). Great electro-pop, a good blend of the melancholic and the uplifting, and really well-produced with a well-balanced lush, sound. Also Barney's singing is better on this album than on any other New Order album. The cover is a bit naff, although more interesting inside, and suggestive to me of a sort of Koyanasquatsi theme (!) If you like New Order then 'Republic' is essential for your collection.
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on 28 November 2015
I have to agree with the remarks above,. the sound of this LP is very poor, nowhere near as good as te original CD release. If this has been remastered I don't know what from what sauce.
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on 22 November 2012
It was great to hear this again after so long top album. Had this on vinyl when it first came out
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on 25 June 2014
On time, good price - no quibbles
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on 13 August 2015
Received quickly and safely
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on 2 March 2015
Probably the last of the best New Order albums, not so good after this one
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