On New Order's eighth studio album, WAITING FOR THE SIRENS' CALL, guitarist Phil Cunningham--who previously worked with vocalist Bernard Sumner in Electronic--replaces longtime keyboardist Gillian Gilbert. Though hordes of young sound-alikes surfaced between 2001's guest-speckled "comeback," GET READY, and this 2005 release, longtime fans will be pleased to know that these pioneers still sound like nobody but themselves.
New Order's trademark fusion of guitars and synths remains the gold standard for pop/dance/rock crossover, and Peter Hook's patented bass sound once again provides the strong foundation on which the band constructs its melodies. Sonically, this sturdy batch of compositions would fit in nicely between 1986's BROTHERHOOD and 1989's TECHNIQUE. "Krafty" is an obvious nod to Kraftwerk, while the synth bed on the chorus of the title track resembles their own "Your Silent Face" from 1983, and is a shoo-in for inclusion on their next, inevitable singles collection.
Rolling Stone (p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Bernard Sumner still sings and strums with his boyish air of distractable pique...His secret is his sincerity....Every song is great..."
Entertainment Weekly (No. 817/818, p.147) - "[T]he pioneering new-wavers' intricate mix...still feels novel--even downright fresh--25 years later..." - Grade: B+
Uncut (p.105) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[A]n emotional, rather than a sonic, sequel to TECHNIQUE....The most affecting songs here are about second chances, reaffirming commitments and the terrible seduction of straying."
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