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New Order: Reissues

We review ”Movement,” ”Brotherhood,” and three more

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New Order: Reissues

When the singer of postpunk glum-lords Joy Division hanged himself in 1980, his bandmates took a deep breath, renamed themselves New Order, and carried on. The band eventually moved toward dance music, but New Order’s albums — the first five of which are now being reissued, each with a second disc of B sides and dance remixes — never completely shook the sad-sackiness of its roots. After the drabness of Movement, their transitional 1981 debut, things pick up with 1983’s Power, Corruption & Lies and 1985’s Low-Life, a pair of dance-pop classics that buoy the melancholia with bubbly synths and the throb of disco. Later albums rarely stray far from this formula, although guitars return to the fore on 1986’s Brotherhood (”All Day Long” even flirts with country), and 1989’s Technique favors then-au-courant acid-house production that now sounds dated. The essential bonus discs are filled with transcendent, extended 12-inch singles, some of which (”Blue Monday,” ”Bizarre Love Triangle”) are even more beloved than the albums. Movement: B Power: A Low-Life: A- Brotherhood: A- Technique: B-

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