||From the Vault...
© Qwest Records
Year of Release: 1987
Everything's Gone Green
Thieves Like Us
State Of The Nation
Bizarre Love Triangle
In A Lonely Place
Thieves Like Us
Kiss Of Death
Shame Of The Nation
New Order related sites:
New Order -- heavy beats dance music, a band from England, capturing the hearts
of 1980s fans of modern dance/house music. Their first reviewed album here on WSVNRadio,
Power, Corruption And Lies received a fair
review, as the biggest hit from it, was a song called "Blue Monday.". This same song
is also featured on this week's review, "Substance," as this double disc set was
a compilation of the band's 12-inch singles, one new song ("True Faith"), new
versions of songs ("Temptation" and "Confusion"), and B-sides (on the
second disc) from the songs from the first disc of this compilation.
The first disc's opening track, "Ceremony" has a melody similar to another
late 1980s giant hit, Modern English's "I Melt With You." Heavy influenced
dance/house beats finds "Everything's Gone Green" and even the Duran Duran-ish
"Confusion." "Thieves Like Us" is ok; "Perfect Kiss" and
"Subculture" returns the energetic dance/house beats. "Shellshock"
has a more Pop style. The remaining tracks on the first disc has the energetic dance/house
beats and/or the Pop/Dance style.
Disc Two: "In A Lonely Place" is s mysterious instrumental, and could be used
for a mysterious movie soundtrack. "Procession" is very upbeat, and in a more Rock
fashion than that of Dance/House. "Cries And Whispers" is a least-listened song,
"Hurt" has the energy heard on the first disc, but it also has a dark, mystery
atmosphere. "The Beach" is really a "Blue Monday" instrumental mix.
Speaking of other songs getting a remix, two songs on the first disc of this compilation
gets the instrumental mix treatments: "Confusion" and "Thieves Like Us."
"Lonesome Tonight" slows the pace down a bit, having a more Pop 1980s feel.
"Murder" is quite different, having an African/World music atmosphere. "Kiss
Of Death" returns the high anticipated energized upbeat dance music. The same can be
said for the remaining last two tracks on this disc.
Substance has the "substances" of energetic, pulsing, industrial dance music.
Truthfully, this music (would) appeal to the gay crowds, yet I'm sure there are those who
are not gay who enjoy New Order's music. Granted that, it's high-energy, fast-paced,
adrenalized dance music. This album can be labeled as 12-inch collection, or even a
Best Of. It is a good introduction to New Order's music. Substance captures their
mixes from the earliest recordings, up to 1987. The band's most recent album was recorded
in 2005, as they have recorded music throughout the past 25 years.
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