Customer Reviews

Songs for an old raver

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Luqa1960
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2018-12-13
New Order write the kind of songs BT wishes he could write.
This is better than viagra. Just sublime.

Oooooh

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Where's Ma Quiff Gone
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2016-01-10
I’ve listened to this band for many years and this sounds one of the best times. Despite this everyone please sort it out with Hooky.

Lardy

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Lardyparker
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2016-01-04
Just keeps getting better.

The Perfect … comeback

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jon-81
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2015-12-18
As a New Order fan i resisted the ‘Temptation’ to write a review straight away as I was unsure whether I would be as honest due to the enthusiasm and the hyperbole surrounding its release and initial reviews. So nearly 3 months after ‘Music Completes’ release here is my opinion …
For most people this album would never be as good as or definitely not better than ‘Technique’ or ‘Low-Life’. Those albums were made in a different time that when playing those albums the listener is transported back to. I have to agree ‘Music Complete’ doesn’t surpass those 2 releases, but even if New Order had released the next ‘Sgt Peppers or ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ it still wouldn’t have surpassed them in my mind.
‘Music Complete’ starts with the lead single, that despite the lukewarm response greeted by it’s first play by Chris Evans on Radio 2, ‘Restless’ has grown on most fans and here in it’s album version is at it’s best.
Most fans had heard the live version of ‘Singularity’ beforehand but no one could have predicted what a fine job they would make of the finished version. It is for me one of the standout tracks of the album. Tom's driving bassline, the synths and great vocals and lyrics from Barney ensure that this track leaves it mark on anyone who listens.
‘Plastic’ follows and again most were familiar with this track beforehand. It took a little bit of time to grow on me but I now feel this is one of New Order’s best dance tracks. The driving beat and cutting lyrics hark back to ‘The Perfect Kiss’ and ‘Vanishing Point’.
‘Tutti Fruitti’ and ‘People on the High line’ are the most un-New Order tracks ever recorded. That isn’t a bad thing. They both include La-Roux on vocal duty with Barney and both are extraordinary. I wasn’t a huge fan of ‘People on the High Line’ at first but after much perseverance it was the song i was most looking forward to hearing live. ‘Tutti Frutti’ has a memorable, sing-a-long chorus that is delicately balanced on the edge of cheesy. It is a fine track that even manages to sound good in it’s heavily edited single version - is that a first for New Order?
‘Stray Dog’ didn’t do a massive amount for me. I love the backing track and the Iggy Pop vocals but there was something missing when they were combined. Then I heard the extended mix and completely changed my opinion. It builds an atmosphere that the album version doesn’t have time to do. A good track but try and get your hands on the extended mix to hear how good it can be.
The two tracks that sound most like 2005’s ‘New Order’ to me are ‘Academic’ and ‘Nothing but a Fool’. They both would have been stand out tracks on previous album ‘Waiting for the Sirens Call’. Academic is a fine guitar driven pop song that sounds like you have heard it a million times before. It’s a track I regularly find myself singing along and tapping my feet to. Nothing but a Fool is a beautiful song. The lyrics and music combine to create a wonderful track that never feels like it’s nearly 8 minutes long.
'Unlearn this hatred' is not the nest track on offer here but sees New Order go in a slightly different direction with the synth sounds they use. Very listenable but not the weakest song on the album. That honour unfortunately goes to ‘The Game’. This track is not one of New Order’s best and after 3 months my opinion hasn’t changed, in-fact I would say it is one of the weakest tracks they have ever produced.
The album closer is ‘Superheated’ that includes Brandon Flowers on backing duties. If you don’t find yourself singing along to this after a few listens, I would suggest to check your pulse. Yes it’s borderline cheesy and it ain’t going to win an Ivor Nevello award but it’s a fun track and that for me is why I love New Order.
‘Music Complete’ is a fine album that certainly delivers 8 diverse and fascinating songs that I think will eventually sit alongside some of New Order’s best work.

Brilliant

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Simmo !!!
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2015-12-01
Great tracks - love the dance tracks

Phew!

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Cooperscuba
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2015-11-28
After the last few NO albums I was a bit apprehensive of “Music Complete” but … YAY!

Rkydd

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rkydd68
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2015-11-21
Fantastic album can't get enough of it playing load just brilliant again by the Manc band

Excellent

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Schpunkee
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2015-11-09
Proof indeed that they could produce a quality album without Peter Hook. This is better than I expected and I have not tired of listening to it. I was surprised they released Restless as the opening single - but it is a grower. Singularity has hints of days gone by and should appeal to long term fans of the group. The album as a whole is quite diverse - Tutti Fruity is a cheeky little number which makes me smile, Stray Dog is a bit random and to some perhaps a bit 'Marmite' - I love Marmite. A real delight - I hope it won't be the last

the album we have been waiting for

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jacen71
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2015-11-08
love it!

Genius

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Dave61
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2015-10-23
Recognisably New Order but somehow different, especially the opening track, and single, Restless.
Influences and references are there to be heard: from the title’s nod to Kraftwerk through to the Moroder-esque backing on Plastic, and I swear there is a phrase from Absolute Beginners on Nothing But A Fool. There are oddities too: Stray Dog, where Johnny Cash-like vocals front a classic New Order tune.
Overall it is a varied, tuneful, softer in places, surprising in others. Great stuff.

Get it together

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coco57varieties
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2015-10-18
new order are part of my life.

Better than ever!

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Queen George
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2015-10-15
The sign of creative genius is, I believe, the capacity to reinvent oneself in response to the situations (time, place, theme etc) one responds to, whilst still retaining a kernel of consistency and recognisability - we could say a ‘truth to self'. With this album, these veterans have demonstrated they are such genii. Music Complete sounds as fresh as a daisy, whilst being as sophisticated and rich as a vintage Margaux. Bravo New Order!

So pleased to have them back...

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PanicOver
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2015-10-11
A really good album from start to finish, I love the return of the synths... Tutti Fruity is especially cool and Superheated is my fave song of 2015. So good to have them back.

Amazing. Welcome back

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RyanPosh
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2015-10-10
Loving every minute of this, and my album of the year by a mile. A nod to Technique, certainly, but each track stands up on its own. Nothing But A Fool is perhaps the most perfect love song I have ever heard.

Fantastic album - best ever...

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Mr Practical
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2015-10-09
Listening to the album is like meeting old friends after 25 years and remembering how much you like them then, and now. Of course, one of the old friends is missing ( Peter Hook​ ) and although the bass on here is good, the record would have been more powerful with Peter on board IMHO.
Musically, I welcome the return to the synth sound and the dance feel - excellent. And I love the spoken Iggy Pop​ track

Welcome back!

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gaz7809
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2015-10-05
All the sounds from their past are there, excellent album with upto date sounds, hook is not missed from their sound either, welcome back Gillian Gilbert.

Touchedbythehandofthankgod

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Harrymel1
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2015-10-04
Like your favorite jogger bottoms, it's so nice to slip back into NO. All is right with the world again- sanity restored.

Best album since “Power, Corruption & Lies"

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Simon Cliff
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2015-10-03
Just go and buy it.

Electro Synth is back!

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thetunekid
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2015-10-01
Try track Tutti Fruitti as taste of this album, you find its practically back to basics with New Order, great to see them back with a fresh sound but sticking to what they know best. Restless great single to start off, give it a spin.🍭

Peter Who'k?

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Manccityblueboy
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2015-10-01
Various books and irritating music press articles have made this album much lauded than previous NO efforts. New Order have rightly moved on and seemingly ignored Hooky's protestations, and good for them. Stand out tracks such as Tutti Frutti, Academic, POTHL, and the obvious invention of Gillian's return make this their most influential album since Technique. So, soak it up, enjoy it and ignore Hooky's infantile comments. This is the New Order we want to listen to - forward-thinking, fashionable and new. Phil and Tom should be proud to be part of an incredible legacy that is NEW ORDER - Here to stay. That is all!

The previews does no justice

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PalaceMike
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2015-09-30
I listened to the previews on iTunes and thought the 1st 5 tracks were good, but the rest were meh.
But I was wrong, they're all really good, great 80's electro pop, brought into the '10's'.
I'm not a big New Order fan (except for the big hits) but this album was a pleasant surprise.
I might even look at their back catalogue.

Fine Return

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Me71
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2015-09-29
Am a longtime New Order fan but like most, the last album I really enjoyed from start to finish was Technique. There have been the odd great song here and there since but not many (“World” from Republic is great for example). Anyway, am so pleased to be able to say this album is a great listen, Not amazing but in the context of current music where its so much pointless drivel this is very good. Love the slickness of Singularity, the fun of Tutti Frutti, Iggy Pop's awesome gravelly vocal on Stray Dog and the slightly Sonic Youth / Echo and the Bunnymen sounding but very cool Nothing But A Fool. Enjoy and please don’t take it all so seriously as some of the press reviews seem to be doing.

It's only New Order but I like it

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Bogeyman
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2015-09-28
Two thumbs up from a long time New Order fan. Still innovative and excited about hearing some of this live played live in November.

Back to their best

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egansmind
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2015-09-28
New Order back to their best and Mute Records must be happy with their first outing on the label
Singularity is my favourite track that wouldn’t look out of place on Republic
Restless, the lead single is also classic New Order
Tutti Frutti, People on the High Line and Unlearn This Hatred are also gems
Disappointed in Brandon Flowers’ vocal track Superheated

no ceremony

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Rozzenator
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2015-09-28
The urgent song 'plastic' aside, this record is just 'ok'......I realise that bands & musicians have to move with the times etc. but having said that, the other tracks sound rather contrived and bland radio-friendly dance tracks to me? Also as much as I love the Iggy of old, the song he appears on dosen't work for me either!
Give me Ceremony, Everything's gone green, Age of consent any day ha! Think I'll stick with Peter Hook & The Light.........sorry lads (and Gillian).

Hurray!

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Tanton75
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2015-09-27
I'm a massive New Order fan, and i was just praying they wouldn't go down the same road as the previous 2 albums, and i'm ecstatic to hear they haven't. Welcome back to what you do best New Order!

new order is back!!

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PURETREX
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2015-09-27
they are back!! and well done!! very good album and if you are a fan of new order you will agree with me this album have got Indi/pop feel and a mix of the old album technique!! with the songs like plastic!! and tutti frutti and super heated with special guests on the album yes very very good .in all of there years and and there up and down's you made it!! and this is the one!! please don't make us wait to long for the next one!! thank you new order xxx sean collins xxx

Best album of their career!!!

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poppaloop
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2015-09-25
yep you read the title correct
this album is stunning from start to end…not a duff track on it.
and yes the BEST album of their career….
GENIUS!

No Hooky, no problem

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Dean balmforth
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2015-09-25
Wow, this is the new order album we've been waiting over 25 years for. Sublime, classic new order from start to finish. Ok so it would have been great to have Peter Hook back but Bernard and co. have done themselves proud. Awesome !!

It's awesome

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Marco Incognito
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2015-09-25
As a long standing New Order fan, I was worried the new album might be disappointing or embarrassing. It isn't. They haven't sounded this comfortable, confident and convincing since Regret. Fantastic return to form. Well done.

Not bad

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mrmoody2001
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2015-09-25
Some good songs. Was worried they'd all sound like Restless but some good old skool New Order.

best album of 2015 by a mile

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lh49
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2015-09-25
I’d give it 9/10.. could have been a little more musically adventurous but its a dazzling return to form. There have been some very good albums this year, but few where every track was a belter. In the past new order have been criticised for making great singles but albums with their fair share of poor tracks. They’ve sorted it in a big way.

Kennyjc

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Kenny J C
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2015-09-25
Three words/ New Order awesome

Fresh new direction

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Montyfire
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2015-09-25
Been a massive new order fan since the beginning,the last 2 albums had some good moments but was largely new order by numbers and a bit autopilot.
They could have carried on in the vein but instead they have been reinvigorated,maybe Hook leaving has helped release some negative energy and added a fresh new vibe not heard before.
I do miss Hooks bass lines but this is far better material than the more recent stuff.
There are some classic new order rock songs (restless,academic) but also some real surprises.
If you want an upbeat,refreshing,reinvigorated new order check this out

DudardBotard

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DudardBotard
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2015-09-25
This is EPIC. Understand the beautifully, Mancunian arrogance of the album title now. Awesome return after 10 long years. Every track New Order through and through.

Awesome

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SaveOurSteel
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2015-09-25
Don’t ever go away the world needs songs like these. What a great album….awesome!

Top album

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man from brom
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2015-09-25
New order with a brand new album and what a great return. Fav tracks so far nothing but a fool academic and superheated. This album will be played to death

Tears of Joy

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TrissoJ
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2015-09-25
At 43, I look back to when I first heard Joy Division at the age of 8 spanning the punk rock times through to the electonic era. I even love pre JD - Warsaw, and grew up with New Order and the spin offs. I adore all their music, lock stock and barrel. This album blew me away. 'Singularity' is Joy Division 2015. Tears of joy today listening to this. If you love electronic rock and only touched New Order by listening to the successful album Technique, you must give this one a shot. I am sad Hooky isn't part of it, but I can at least enjoy both parties in different ways and continue to enjoy all the music - and that carries on joyfully as I grow older.

gphiver

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gphiver
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2015-09-25
Wow, this is a really awesome sound (again) and all of the reasons I loved their music since Brotherhood. It is back to telling the story we all can relate to. So glad Gillian is back too. I am the old dad and my daughter is gonna be blasting to this at her Uni in Falmouth. Thanks and keep up this fantastic, creative and emotional work.

Amazing

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Chancy007
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2015-09-24
Well got the CD through the post a day early and it is great love the first 4 Tracks Tutti Fruity has an amazing performance from Le Rouxand is very catchy Singularity is Joy Division meets Technique. Unlearn This Hatred if you listen carefully has alot of early Human League in it loved the early Synthesizers in that song. One to avoid is Stray Dog just did not work for me. turn up the volume and sit back and enjoy New Order Reborn

Massive return to form

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Jetstream1969
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2015-09-24
First thing to say is this album is fun. Tutti Frutti is unlike anything you've heard from the band before in a great way. Throbbing Euro disco anthems like Plastic are followed by classic guitar anthems like Academic. Stand out for me amongst some stellar tracks, is People on the high line. It's almost a homage to 90's Manchester, with elements of the past brought bang up to date.
Loved this album from beginning to end, and it really is up there with the best they've ever done !!

NO doesn't do poor

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Dale68
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2015-09-16
This one really does have to be 'very good' otherwise everyone (yawn) will say that without Hook they should just call it a day. However, as my title says, New Order wouldn't release a poor album because what's the point in it of course? Also, If they didn't feel they could still entertain us even after all these years, they would indeed call it quits. Can't wait....

Last order

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Greenhamsta
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2015-08-31
Great to see they've still got it,sadly without hooky.great book Bernard,can't wait to hear the rest of the album

New Order's back

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colchestero
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2015-08-01
Nice to hear they're back again, nice song with lots of work going into it. Can't wait for the album!

Welcome back! Great snippet of what is to come.

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Chunky24165
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2015-07-29
New Order rarely release the best tracks off their albums so this being the first single suggests the album is going to be awesome. Pre-order the album guys and get listening...

Restless no longer

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Devs Wake Up
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2015-07-28
Having heard Singularity, Plastic and snippets of others, the single is finally available to listen to. Restless is an unusual New Order album opener in that it doesn’t hit you in the face as the likes of Love Vigilantes, Age of Consent, Crystal, Regret etc did - and as a result seemed disappointing on the first couple of plays.
Give it a few more listens through the headphones and you will hear WFTSC, Loveless and Dream Attack blended into one.
This bodes well for the rest of the album...

Worth the wait?

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Squibbage
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2015-07-14
Wow these guys (and lass) sure have a high album output. 3 proper albums in 22 years.
Still it's great that they are making new music and just just focusing on the past.
Can't wait to hear what they've come up with. Singularity already sounds a stinking tune from 2014 tour. And the collabs with Brandon Flowers, Iggy Pop and Le Raux sound intriguing.