August 9, 2015

New Order - Low-Life (1985)

The New Order transformation! I could barely tell the difference between Bernard Sumner and Ian Curtis for most of the early New Order releases. Both the debut and Factus 8 are lean with tight post-punk grooves, but the band took over the world with their leap into full-on dance music on this album. Massive amounts of synthesizers, drum machines, and all sorts of synthetic drums are flashing on top of the pulsing bass guitar wizardry of Peter Hook. He plays anywhere on the instrument and carries the melody most of the time for a very unique sound. That being said, Sumner is still wrecking shit on guitar; the riffing eruption on Sunrise makes up for his diminished presence in the reformed group. You cannot sit still listening to music. The band fruitfully bounces around on this. Yeah earlier new wave bands may have hinted at this type of music, but New Order was the first to be doing anything like this and their success spawned many imitations, none of which have been able to hold a candle to this wicked dance music.