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Editors’ Notes

Released at the apex of Britain’s acid-house movement, Technique is a complete expansion of the club sounds that had influenced New Order since their inception. “Round & Round,” “Mr. Disco,” and “Dream Attack” fully absorb the throbbing pulse and programmed rhythms of techno without abandoning New Order’s trademarks; namely, Peter Hook’s heady basslines, Bernard Sumner’s modestly yearning vocals, and the band’s all-encompassing feel for a poignant melody. Even as the band explores the terrain of club music, Technique delivers songs gilded in the classic New Order mold. The collision of pop melody and sheets of distorted guitar in “Run” offers the same delectable, delirious rush that likeminded peers the Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine were delivering during the same era. “Love Less” is a lovelorn classic on par with “Age of Consent” and “Love Vigilantes.” Jangly guitars merge with one of Hook’s insistent, gallant basslines as Sumner’s boyish voice translates the sting of unrequited love.

Customer Reviews

Great collection, but defective

This would indeed be a great collection to have where it not for the defects. Yes, defects! NewOrderonline has confirmed that there are several glitches (300 and counting) that can be heard throughout each re-released album. The band and London records are working on re-mastering all the CD's and Rhino Records will release them in 2009. Buy this collection now if you want to hear pops and channel skips on several songs or wait until the collections are released again in 2009.


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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