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The Shadow  
#1 Posted : 21 September 2017 11:09:21(UTC)
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Well it's nearly 2 years old and I For one am still listening with great enjoyment. I think sometimes it takes a couple of years to really know how good an album is.

It was an album that had the excellent idea of he extended versions and some of the best remixes since the technique era and also not a poor track in sight (imo).

I won't review the album properly. I will leave that to DR. However thoughts on each track are as follows:

Restless - to me up there with their very best. I just love this track. Great lyrics love the chorus that so down, lost interest, couldn't care less and can't be a success to the final chorus of it's not hopeless if you take less. Sublime. They struggle to capture it live. Favourite version is the extended one on the 12" green vinyl release.

Singularity - a real dark dance floor monster, great live. Favourite version original album version.

Plastic- really comes to life on the extended version. Great live

Tuti fruiti - thought this could have just been a flash in the pan but it stood the test of time, really love the duet. Best version is the original album where the vocal chords Of Elle Laroux really come to life

POTHL a good album track surprised it was a single, the band seem to love it, certainly something different. Favourite version is the clap tone remix

Stray dog - not everyone's favourite but Iggys voice goes so well with the lyrics and great music, perfect name for a good pint. Favourite version is the extended.

Academic- wow. Monster track. One of NO finest chorous's. fabourite version original album track.

Nothing but a fool - when I first heard the album loved this track. It has faded somewhat but still a good album track with a great guitar lick. Favourite version original album but it's still too long

Unlearn this hatred - another great dance track with an excellent chorous. Surprised it's never been played live. Favourite version is extended one.

The game- original nothing to memorable but an ok track but the extended version takes the track soaring to the sky, great version great guitar solo.

Superheated - annoys some fans but I love this track. Annoyed I never been to a gig when they have played it. Great little electro pop gem, ends the album wonderfully well favourite version is the extended one with the original album.

I will leave the rest of he dissecting to DR.

To me this album is only bettered by PC&L, lowlife and Technique. Been a good couple of years for NO with the MiF gigs being amongst the best of their whole career.

Hopefully a new album in 2019 as good as this one.
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#2 Posted : 21 September 2017 11:17:07(UTC)
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Yeah definitely it is a great album, can't wait for the next album to come out, Restless was a great single of it.
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#3 Posted : 22 September 2017 01:26:30(UTC)
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I haven't listened to this album in full for ages: I don't like POTHL and Stray Dog but otherwise it's all good - with regards to listening to the next album, has anyone in the band mentioned in interviews even writing any new songs, let alone recording a album?
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#4 Posted : 22 September 2017 01:37:01(UTC)
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A mate recently asked me what my favourite Neworder albums were.

#1 was easy, Technique all the way.

#2 & #3 though, I just couldn't separate PC&L and MC.

The first was a ground-breaking album that redefined NO & differentiated them from their JD heritage (something Movement was understandably unable to do) and the other was a fresh, imaginative, colourful and enjoyable collection of songs that you could hardly believe could be written after 35+ years and on the back of "the matter which has now been settled." The decision to do 'extended mixes' for each MC track was genius and really elevates the album.

I am lucky to have 4 versions of MC to pick from (Original MC, extended MC, CM & Instrumental CM.) The mix CD I have in the car is essentially CM, with the original versions of Tutti Frutti (best strings and best Elly) and Academic (love the opening chords so much!)

Everything is subjective and everyone has their own opinions but I cannot really think of a much better compliment for MC than to say it holds its own with the masterpiece that is PC&L.

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The Ruts  
#5 Posted : 22 September 2017 03:21:15(UTC)
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Hard to believe it's two years old now. I still spin it on a regular basis.

I maintain that the run from Restless to Academic is absolutely impeccable. One of the finest runs in their back catalogue. If these seven songs and Unlearn this Hatred were the whole album, I'd be saying it was up there with Brotherhood as their finest moment.

However, songs like Nothing...,The Game and Superheated ruin the momentum by being...well...not spectacular the way the preceding songs had been.
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#6 Posted : 22 September 2017 21:59:40(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: The Ruts Go to Quoted Post
up there with Brotherhood as their finest moment.


WHAAAAATTT? Technique All The Way (see what I etc).
I have to be honest and say I was amazed how good MC was. When everyone spouted 'their best since 1989' I was like, Hello? Better than three-in-25-years LPs boasting Liar, Cock the Shit and Wanking Overslime respectively? AWESOME.
Best trax remain Academic, Singularity and Tutti Frutti. Worst is NBAF cos it's his namby pamby wanky let's-be-nice mode and approximately 647 hours too long. It speeds up and then slows down and then speeds up and then slows down and then speeds up and then slows down and then speeds up and then slows down. Stray Dog would be a good one-off but it reduces the momentum.
New stuff? I shall pull off my third crystal ball:
1. NO continue to milk every last drop out of 11 old songs in a way any other band would be slaughtered for.
2. Bernard says something drunk, vague and totally non-committal about new material.
3. Everyone spontaneously creams their pants.
4. Keepitcumming writes about minnows, 38 new songs and a pink slice of cottage cheese in Austria. RocketMick 'likes' it.
5. Someone points out there was a great new album by some random band that has sweet Fuck All to do with New Order.
6. I say Fuck all that, it'll be 2097 and the same as MC but not as good.
7. They say Fuck YOU, always moaning incha.
8. It's 2097 and the same as MC but not as good.
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What's the difference between a French beach and New Order? With the beach you might get some new ditty.

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#7 Posted : 23 September 2017 04:05:36(UTC)
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Agree with nearly every thing the OP says.

That is all I have to say for now.
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ROCKET MICK on 23/09/2017(UTC)
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#8 Posted : 23 September 2017 23:29:12(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: The Shadow Go to Quoted Post


Restless - to me up there with their very best.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z0QUygjr2w
MC v PCL? I hold my own too. MC may be more mature for obvious reasons, but I don't think it'll stand up (I also do that) in 35 years' time as an innovative, thrilling aural (also that) experience. When people go on about NO's endless self-reinvention it's 99% based on what they were doing 82 - 83; in fact post-80s there hasn't been any real innovation. That isn't a criticism, just a FACt. I'm a huge fan of MC but does it have the same timeless quality as their 80s wank? The original Ceremony still sends shivers down the spine, the breaks in BLT are awesome, and even Blue Snoozeday continues to inspire DJs. I'll write a note in my 35-year-diary if I'm still alive.
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Someone just pointed out that Music Complete has the same initials as Melanie C. I have asked him never to talk to me again in my entire life.

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Coops  
#9 Posted : 26 September 2017 22:53:37(UTC)
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Wow. Two years, eh? One of my fondest memories of those days is every man and his dog starting a new thread to talk about their thoughts on the album.

Good times.
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ROCKET MICK on 27/09/2017(UTC)
Michael Monkhouse  
#10 Posted : 27 September 2017 01:02:13(UTC)
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The run-up threads were hilarious...
1.You'd write a long, thoughtful piece weighing up the pros and cons; then some dingbat would log on to say 'OMG this is just like AWESOME, it's gonna be AWESOME cos New Order are AWESOME so it'll be AWESOME.'
2. My personal favourite on how it might sound: 'I hope it is good...' Me too. Could I myself choose between a stunning, mind-blowing, almost-as-good-as-the-Spice-Girls masterpiece that made Technique sound like Revenge, or a piece of fucking shit, I would most probably gravitate to the former.
3. 'Are they as good without Hooky? "Don't worry: the tracks sound great." says Bernard...' So it must be true. What do you expect him to say? 'Boy, do we suck! Don't buy my album, it's bollocks, go see the Light instead. We are shit.'
4. 'Best since Technique': What, even better than Liar, Chemical etc? Fab!
Turned out to be a belter, fortunately.
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#11 Posted : 06 October 2017 00:15:35(UTC)
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On listening to the album this morning I must admit two years on that I still can't stick Unlearn This Hatred. I was really looking forward to it being as it featured Him-Out-Of-The-Chemical-Brothers-Who-Used-To-Have-Long-Hair but, to me, it still sounds like they had difficulty connecting all the elements together.

Edited by user 06 October 2017 00:17:20(UTC)  | Reason: I'm driving in the sun, It's a hell of a way down south...

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#12 Posted : 06 October 2017 06:04:31(UTC)
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The only track I could never get on with is Superheated.
Too wimpy and nice.
I’m not the biggest fan of POTHL, but I still listen to this occasionally (i.e. I don’t skip it). However, the album rarely gets to track 11 on my iPod, ending neatly after The Game.

Everything else is great, with a couple of moments of classic New Order in Restless and, especially, Singularity.

All IMHO, naturally.
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ROCKET MICK on 06/10/2017(UTC)
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#13 Posted : 06 October 2017 10:27:18(UTC)
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I still have Academic, restless, singularity, plastic and unlearn in my playlist.

The single version of POTHL fixed the song, and I added it back to my playlist. The album version is to drawn out, as most of the album is. They really could have used a editor on the CD.

Tutti Frutti does not hold up, and I call it the most cheesy song they ever made. It could be neighbors with Jetstream.

Superheated does not hold up, it’s just boring. The game is boring as well.

Stray dog is still crap, from day one until present.

Nothing but a fool is just too long and drawn out. If I listen to the CD I enjoy it, but never will I just pick it for a listen.

So with 6 songs still on my playlist I say it was a good album. Academic deserves to be on they top 10 best songs.

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#14 Posted : 06 October 2017 15:20:40(UTC)
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I don't play the album much these days but i do play a lot of the remixes when i'm out in the car; Restless Agoria remix, some of the Singularity remixes and the Mark Reeder remix of The Game ( the American bloke i give a lift to work with commented on that track the other day " hey, this boy singing sounds familiar!" lol)


Just rarely play the album in full now.I more often will play in full two other albums that were released the same day as Music Complete- Churches' Every Open Eye and Lana Del Rey's Honeymoon.

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ROCKET MICK on 07/10/2017(UTC)
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#15 Posted : 07 October 2017 00:26:16(UTC)
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There generally seems to be a lot of hate out there for Stray Dog.
I’m guessing that most people either hate that Sumner’s voice isn’t on it or Just hate Iggy’s vocals?

I personally bloody love it.
It has Steve’s fingerprints all over it. A cousin to Murder.
Really like the lyrics and got to love that it makes reference to the Grimpen Mire.

‘So I came in from the cold with nowhere left to go.
And I gave away my freedom and the calling of the wild.
So that I could be with you... I chose to be with you.’

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#16 Posted : 07 October 2017 01:57:57(UTC)
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There generally seems to be a lot of hate out there for Stray Dog.
I’m guessing that most people either hate that Sumner’s voice isn’t on it or Just hate Iggy’s vocals?

It's just a crap 'song' for me. It makes me say THIS. I was hoping for something as good as Iggy's "Aisha" collab with Death In Vegas. But it's not. (It does however reinforce the idea in my head that Bernard is very fond of his wine these days, and even if Hooky had wanted to rejoin NO at some point, his teetotal stance probably would have clashed with Bernard's 'non-teetotalism').

BTW Post Pop Depression, Iggy's 2016 album which was basically a collaboration with Queens of The Stone Age (and an Arctic Monkey on drums) is fantastic. Probably the best Rock of album of 2016. If anyone has ignored it or thought...hmm maybe I'll check it out but then didn't, well you probably should. Rough Trade record shops made it their album of the year.

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#17 Posted : 07 October 2017 02:42:08(UTC)
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I guess the wine makes for a change from the Pernod and Orange days of the 80s and 90s.

Mmm, Pernod...
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#18 Posted : 07 October 2017 05:16:10(UTC)
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The thing about becoming an alcoholic is you don't realise it's happening to you. You're too pissed.
If Stray Dog was a limited edition Factory 12" unreleased since 1984 you'd be jerking yourselves off to it. As it is, it's in the middle of a fine album and breaks up the fun.
Restless: A bit NO.by-nrs, which is probably why it was the first single. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE0a6tK6AJI - My nights certainly were after that. 7/10
Singularity: YES. Shades of JD, the Cure and the Spice Girls. (OK, I'm joking! The Cure are shit.) 9/10
Plastic: Great toon, shit lyrics. 8/10
Titty Frutti: Still like it, though I understand its cheese element. I'll check back in 35 years, but I genuinely hope to be dead by then. 8/10
POTHL: Jamiroquai is awesome cos you never know what to expect. Each new LP sports a radically new vocal style, a totally different musical direction and even a brand noo logo. How does he do it? What's his secret? I guess we'll never know. 7/10
Stray Dog: See above. Or don't any more. 7/10
Academic: After Repubelick I thought they'd never reach the dizzy heights of Technique but... 9/10
NBAF: Fuck off, cuntie. Wouldn't things be nice if everyone was nice and nice? If I am Prime Minister I stop terrorism and war and people being rude. Problem is governments has interesting and if I am Prime Minister people cannot have interested, only flowers and sewing and some Spice Girls... Sorry, that was from the Raise The Pressure sleevenotes 21 fucking years ago. Hook was right. 5/10
UTH: Imagine the Pet Shop Boys on speed. It'd sound nothing like this. But far better. It's Steffi Graf working at that time of the month: a bleedin' racket. 6/10
The Game: Forgettable. 6.5/10
Superheated: Listened to when drunk, 8/10. Otherwise 6/10.
Ability to eke 35608659074634468909643 quids' worth of merchandise out of 11 ancient tracks and still be considered the most right-on, principled, AWESOME outfit in history: Infinity/Zero.
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I play it backwards, from Superheated to restless, then alternate MC tracks with tracks from all the other albums , then the first songs from each album , then joy division songs alternating. Then I insert 'marine' from monaco2 in between tutti frutti and pothl and special and everyone every where before restless, and try' feel every beat', and 'make it happen ' after academic ,and with draculas castle and such a good thing next ,

Truly wonderful
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