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New Order's ability to write killer songs that sound like they could’ve come from no other band on the planet has remained constant across all their different eras and phases—and it leaps from the virtual grooves of this mammoth compendium. As their early singles' skeletal synth-pop morphs into joyous club tracks, and as those give way to ringing, big-hearted tunes like "Regret," Singles feels like time-lapse footage of a particularly dynamic ecosystem. In anthem after anthem, the album paints a detailed picture of savvy stylistic shifts and undeniable songwriting genius.

Customer Reviews

Ten dollars more for one bonus song?

This is my second review of this album - it appears on itunes twice now. I should preface this by saying I am a huge fan of New Order. How their music is marketed lately, however, really frustrates me. I love and recommend every song on this album, but as I stated before, 'Run 2' is mislabeled - it isn't the rare remix, just the album version from 'Technique.' And to further add to my frustration, this album is $10 more expensive, but only contains one song more than the other version here on iTunes. Perhaps this is why Steve Jobs wanted to keep all songs at 99 cents each...

A great opportunity, but...

Setting aside the fact that New Order has been compiled several times recently already, this collection could in fact serve its own important purpose: a chronological statement of all of New Order's 4-minute radio singles spanning a 25-year career. Whereas Substance was meant as a collection of 12-inch singles, this could have been meant as a collection of 7-inch singles, and thus many of these versions would have been unique to this release and much appreciated by collectors and fans and even your basic pop enthusiasts. However, the compiler got sloppy, and this collection is ever-so-slightly botched. Here is what you should know: on the plus side, "Ceremony" is the original single version, not the common '81 re-recording that featured on both Substance and Retro, while "Temptation" and "Confusion" are also both the original versions, not the '87 re-recordings canonized by Substance. However, "Thieves Like Us" and "Fine Time" appear in some countries as the edited short versions, though here they are inexplicably full-length. And, as many others have said, "Run 2" is simply the album version of "Run" and is therefore mislabelled. The compilation is still a great showcase of New Order's development over time with fantastic remastered sound, but thematically, its reason for existence has been slightly squandered. (iTunes currently hosts a second version of this for $10 cheaper; the only difference is this one's inclusion of the Secret Machines' new remix of "Temptation.")

Um Er Hello?

An observation and a request, where is Substance? I am an audiophile looking to rebuild my collection, best of doesn't cut it. I like many out there have spent alot of money (AGAIN!) to get the best quality mp3's. Why isn't this album available? It should be.....


Formed: 1980 in Manchester, England

Genre: Pop

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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