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Better Than I Expected!
on 29 January 2013
I've been a New Order fan since the 80s - when I used to queue up at record shops on a Monday, behind sulky youths in T-shirts and black trench coats, to buy the latest release - so I bought this out of a sense of loyalty.
I'm not keen on Waiting for the Sirens' Call, and rarely listen to it, so I didn't have high expectations for this EP - effectively the sweepings from the floor after they made that last album.
I have to say, though, that it's not that bad. I actually prefer it to WFTSC. Bernard Sumner said in a recent Guardian interview that it was made at a time when Peter Hook had lost interest in New Order and wanted to pursue his DJing career. I think you can hear that in this record - the relative lack of his distinctive bass moves the sound more into Pet Shop Boys territory. It still compares favourably with releases from younger bands, though.
It's also interesting that it's marketed as an EP - it's longer than the second XX album, for example, and only a minute or so shorter than Technique.