There's always a stink in the air when die-hard fanatical followers of a band attempt to control what is thought about the albums that the band release.
While those unfortunate few construct a melancholy legend within which to wallow us people who walk around in sunlight are able to make up our own minds.
Republic is a great album filled with great power and great songs.
This album is a collection of tracks that represent New Order at a particular point in time. It's the result of a logical progression and is a wholly successful release. The songwriting occasionally touches on perfection. This is as it should be. They worked very hard and they really got there.
The god-awful notion that people should attach some holy significance to the memory of Ian Curtis is weak and messianic. Joy Division and New Order were entertainers. No more, no less. Pay your money and you can hear them play.
There's nothing truly divine going on.
When there's a group of damp-trousered men who worship at the temple of types like Ian Curtis and Kurt Cobain, disregard their pathetic attempts to tell you what's cool.
This is great album. That's all you need to know.
So clear that nonsense away. Clear those silly fanatics away.