Artist: New Order
Album: Music Complete
Record Label: Mute
TEXT: Stefanie Singh
In times like these, where music icons such as David Bowie, Prince and Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister die off while other musicians like Roxette’s Marie Fredriksson and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson suddenly cannot rock the stages anymore, due to health issues, New Order appear like a welcome constant. Just recently, «Singularity» was released as the third single from New Order’s latest effort «Music Complete», so it’s high time for us to check out their first album without founding member Peter Hook.
Already the opener «Restless» – which was released as the first single from «Music Complete» – demonstrates why New Order can be experienced as a constant, despite some break-ups in between: Not only are they in the business since 35 years, but they also have their own sound which is – in case of «Music Complete» – so 80s and yet so timeless. The tenth studio album is a record to dance and dream to at the same time, with guest appearances by La Roux’s Elly Jackson (Amongst others, she can be heard on the album’s second single «Tutti Frutti»), Iggy Pop («Stray Dog») and The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers («Superheated»).
It’s said that New Order’s «Blue Monday» is the best-selling 12-inch vinyl of all time in the UK, but «Music Complete» proves once more that the men from Manchester shouldn’t be reduced to their heyday in the 1980s, especially in consideration of their brilliant seventh opus «Get Ready» from 2001. Despite all the nostalgia, their mix of new wave and dance rock is still up-to-date, and maybe it’s the contrasts and New Order’s ability to unite those contrasts which make their sound so unique.