Power, Corruption & Lies

Performers New Order

Qwest | November 11, 2008 | Compact Disc

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A great leap forward from their funereal debut album, Power, Corruption & Lies cemented New Order's place as the most exciting dance-rock hybrid in music (and it didn't even include the massive "Blue Monday" single, released earlier that year). Confident and invigorating where Movement had sounded disconsolate and lost, the record simply pops with energy from the beginning "Age of Consent," an alternative pop song with only a smattering of synthesizers overlaying an assured Bernard Sumner, who took his best vocal turn yet. Unlike the hordes of synth pop acts then active, New Order experimented heavily with their synthesizers and sequencers. What's more, while most synth pop acts kept an eye on the charts when writing and recording, if New Order were looking anywhere (aside from within), it was the clubs -- "The Village" and "586" had most of the technological firepower of the mighty "Blue Monday." But whenever the electronics threatened to take over, Peter Hook's grubby basslines, Bernard Sumner's plaintive vocals, and Stephen Morris' point-perfect drum fills reintroduced the human element. Granted, they still had the will for moodiness; the second track was "We All Stand," over five minutes of dubbed-out melancholia. Aside from all the bright dance music and production on display, Power, Corruption & Lies also portrayed New Order's growing penchant for beauty: "Your Silent Face" is a sublime piece of electronic balladry. [Rhino's 2008 remastering of New Order's first five albums, subtitled The Factory Years, provided complete remastering of each original LP plus a bonus disc that included a good sampling of the band's non-album material contemporary to the album. For Power, Corruption & Lies, that means the huge "Blue Monday" single, plus A-sides and B-sides of the singles "Confusion," "Thieves Like Us," and "Murder."] ~ John Bush

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 11, 2008

Number of Discs: 2

Label Name: Qwest

UPC: 081227988609

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Power, Corruption & Lies

Power, Corruption & Lies

Performers New Order

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 11, 2008

Number of Discs: 2

Label Name: Qwest

UPC: 081227988609


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Age Of Consent --
2.We All Stand --
3.Village, The --
4.586 --
5.Your Silent Face --
6.Ultraviolence --
7.Ecstacy --
8.Leave Me Alone --
0.DISC 2: BONUS DISK: --
1.Blue Monday --
2.Beach, The --
3.Confusion --
4.Thieves Like Us --
5.Lonesome Tonight --
6.Murder --
7.Thieves Like Us [Instrumental] --
8.Confusion [Instrumental] --

Editorial Notes

A great leap forward from their funereal debut album, Power, Corruption & Lies cemented New Order's place as the most exciting dance-rock hybrid in music (and it didn't even include the massive "Blue Monday" single, released earlier that year). Confident and invigorating where Movement had sounded disconsolate and lost, the record simply pops with energy from the beginning "Age of Consent," an alternative pop song with only a smattering of synthesizers overlaying an assured Bernard Sumner, who took his best vocal turn yet. Unlike the hordes of synth pop acts then active, New Order experimented heavily with their synthesizers and sequencers. What's more, while most synth pop acts kept an eye on the charts when writing and recording, if New Order were looking anywhere (aside from within), it was the clubs -- "The Village" and "586" had most of the technological firepower of the mighty "Blue Monday." But whenever the electronics threatened to take over, Peter Hook's grubby basslines, Bernard Sumner's plaintive vocals, and Stephen Morris' point-perfect drum fills reintroduced the human element. Granted, they still had the will for moodiness; the second track was "We All Stand," over five minutes of dubbed-out melancholia. Aside from all the bright dance music and production on display, Power, Corruption & Lies also portrayed New Order's growing penchant for beauty: "Your Silent Face" is a sublime piece of electronic balladry. [Rhino's 2008 remastering of New Order's first five albums, subtitled The Factory Years, provided complete remastering of each original LP plus a bonus disc that included a good sampling of the band's non-album material contemporary to the album. For Power, Corruption & Lies, that means the huge "Blue Monday" single, plus A-sides and B-sides of the singles "Confusion," "Thieves Like Us," and "Murder."] ~ John Bush
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