11 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dance music has undergone a seismic shift in the last decade. So how do synth-pop pioneers New Order respond on their first LP since 2005? For "Restless," they go straight back to their roots. It's a shimmering pop opus of ringing guitars, a '60s radio chorus, and those familiar atmospheric synths from original keyboardist Gillian Gilbert, who returns on Music Complete. But she's not the only old friend here: keep an ear out for vocals from Iggy Pop and some production tricks from The Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Dance music has undergone a seismic shift in the last decade. So how do synth-pop pioneers New Order respond on their first LP since 2005? For "Restless," they go straight back to their roots. It's a shimmering pop opus of ringing guitars, a '60s radio chorus, and those familiar atmospheric synths from original keyboardist Gillian Gilbert, who returns on Music Complete. But she's not the only old friend here: keep an ear out for vocals from Iggy Pop and some production tricks from The Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
202 Ratings
202 Ratings
GeorgeViking ,

They are happier but now sound like everyone else

Tom Chapman is doing fine as a traditional bassist, but the one thing that made New Order unique is gone... and it shows. Phil's guitar is not the same and he could have instead used a baritone or a Fender VI (like Robert Smith) as a logical transition from Peter Hook playing bass like a guitar.

Morris is still sharp, and that helps a lot.

For the casual fan who only pays attention to rhythm and the singer it won't matter; but for those who really know the whole of a band's sound, it will be a hard one to get accustomed to.

brooklynlad1 ,

A new order for New Order

First, let me say -- I (like most other reviewers here) have been a NO fan for well over two decades now. Every album they've released -- up to now -- has had a few stellar tracks, several good ones, and a couple that you tend to pass over every time for whatever reason. UNTIL NOW. Music Complete is not only their best album, but there is NOT ONE BAD SONG on it. It's simply a brilliant album from start to finish. Everyone here has their favourites already. I must go with "Superheated", the album's last -- and best -- track. Seriously -- if you don't find yourself moving to this song, there is something wrong with you. I can only hope it becomes a single, and that they make some decent remixes. Whatever happened to just doing "extended mixes" anyway?

ugotabkidnme ,

Has it really been that long?

"Restless" got me listening to NO again. But, I think "Academic" is one of the best songs on this album. They sound "like everyone else" because everyone else sounds like NO.

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