Close your eyes. Start the first seconds of "Plastic". Welcome back to the '80s. If then the "Restless", the clock moves a bit 'forward, until the' 90s, but the world is always that of the New Order. And if you open them, and look at the cover of Peter Saville, with its distinctive graphics that marked all the productions of Manchester band, the dream is complete. The only thing is that you will awaken in all likelihood that the cover're probably seeing on a smartphone or on a computer screen, not on a vinyl or CD
New Order are back, and despite all manage to be equal to themselves, without embarrassment. Yes, without embarrassment: why Peter Hook is gone - psychodrama, if you follow a little 'the story of the music, you will know it - but that there is still unique bass sound. And even if someone else plays it, there is: it is the sound of New Order, and is a tool, not a voice. In short, not likely to make the effect of certain bands that change the singer, and the substitute sounds more like the original.
Moreover, "Complete Music" - the first solo album of the band in over 10 years, I do not exaggerate with that sound. It does not remove it, but diversified: there is also a funky bass ("People on the high line"), in others it seems also that of U2 (the phrase of "Academic").
It is read that the New Order have chosen to make a record more danceable than the rock of the last two with Peter Hook ("Get Ready" and "Waiting for the sirens 'call'). And listening to "Music full", it is true: there is more electronic - not as much as in that masterpiece of "Technique", but we are a bit 'less guitars. But that's not the point.
The point is that the New Order can write songs, they know the arrangement, they know the structure. Here nothing lasts less than five minutes, but it all sounds fresh, there is never tired. Even in the most caciaroni: especially "Tuttifrutti", with an unlikely spoke in Italian to frame the back-disco rhythms, but also the haunting "Stray dog" with a spoken almost horror of Iggy Pop. There is only one time that jars a bit ', and is the final "Superheated", which seems far too a Killers song, and not only because there is the student Brandon Flowers as a guest.
You may be wondering if the New Order are still relevant in 2015. Certainly they will not be longer as they have been in that period between the 80s and 90s, where they practically invented a genre. But who cares: after 35 years almost no artists are as relevant to the peak of his career. But if he can re-emerge from a complicated history making records like this "Complete Music" runs every doubt. Beautiful songs, which sound like them, and only them. Not enough?
People on the high line
Nothing but a fool
Unlearn this hatred