New Order: Deirdre O'Callaghan
April 25, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B+

On their past few albums, especially 2001’s rock-infused Get Ready, New Order showed us that they were a band eager to evolve. Now they’re ready to undo all that evolution, making a satisfying return to the Blue Monday sound of their heyday. As Waiting for the Sirens’ Call proves, the pioneering newwavers’ intricate mix of driving keyboards, I’m-going-to-slit-my-wrists-now! lyrics (their eighth studio album boasts such future Xanax-withdrawal mottoes as ”I took my heart to Dracula’s castle in the dark”), and airy vocals (Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronica lends an assist on ”Jetstream”) still feels novel — even downright fresh — 25 years later. The perfect soundtrack to a nihilistic day.

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