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Gillian Gilbert's melancholy background vocals on "World" are a sure sign of a band that's all grown up—older, wearier, wiser, but undaunted in their pursuit of transcendence. Recorded after Factory's demise, Republic is a darker album than Technique, with somber tones creeping into New Order’s lush mix of guitars and synths. They're still raving on "Spooky" and the driving "Chemical," though the acid house has taken on a nervous twitch, and "Liar" is tinged by desperation. But reflection becomes a chance to soar on the triumphant "Regret."

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Rising from the ashes of the legendary British post-punk unit Joy Division, the enigmatic New Order triumphed over tragedy to emerge as one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of the 1980s; embracing the electronic textures and disco rhythms of the underground club culture many years in advance of its contemporaries, the group's pioneering fusion of new wave aesthetics and dance music successfully bridged the gap between the two worlds, creating a distinctively thoughtful and oblique brand...
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