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New Order - Waiting For The Sirens' Call


Review: Jack Foley

NOW that their work has been recognised as 'godlike genius' by the NME, it seems appropriate that New Order should unleash one of their best albums in years.

Waiting For The Sirens' Call is a masterful effort that effortlessly combines all of the usual traits with some nice changes of direction.

With barely a duff track on it, the album contains 11 songs that underline the band's creative brilliance and why they continue to provide the inspiration for so many imitators.

First single, Krafty, was an excellent taster of what to expect, featuring a terrific bassline and some really catchy memories, that recalled the feelgood brilliance of earlier tracks such as Regret - especially in the use of the guitar sound.

Yet the rest of the long-player follows along in similarly upbeat fashion, trading on the band's ability to both shake the dancefloor and rock out when the mood takes them.

The rock 'n' roll influence is particularly vibrant on album closer, Working Overtime, with its energetic, 60s inspired rhythm, Brit-pop-style guitars and youthful swagger. It contains nods to the hedonistic style of the Rolling Stones, as imitated by Primal Scream - a band they are keen to acknowledge as one of their own references.

Strong, too, is their Scissor Sisters' collaboration, Jetstream, which finds New Order concentrating on the dancefloor.

Lead singer, Bernard Sumner, admits to being a little trepidatious when the Sisters' Ana Matronic was first suggested as a potential collaborator, but now candidly states that she 'really lifted the song', giving it something that they couldn't.

Hence, it probably rates as one of the funkiest tracks they have delivered in a long time, mixing Sumner's trademark vocals with the camp style of Matronic's to breathtaking effect.

Further highlights include the bouncy, retro-styled I Told You So which, by the band's own admission, merges dancehall beats with elements of The Velvet Underground - as well as some guitar riffs taken straight from The Cure.

It's a curious hybrid but one which works well and is well worth revisiting several times.

New Order's ability to marry their early 80s roots and electronic sound with the more guitar-driven vibe of their more recent work is also showcased in moments such as Hey Now What You Doing and Who's Joe, which further demonstrate the band's widespread appeal.

It is the mix of vulnerable vocals and down-to-earth themes - such as love, day-to-day living and relationships - that makes them so endearing and which ought to ensure that Waiting For The Sirens' Call emerges as another triumph for the band.

It is one of the most effortessly enjoyable albums of the year that could well provide several of the approaching summer's anthems (especially given the band's festival appearances).

Track listing:
1. Who’s Joe
2. Hey Now What You Doing
3. Waiting For The Sirens’ Call
4. Krafty
5. I Told You So
6. Morning Night And Day
7. Dracula’s Castle
8. Jetstream
9. Guilt Is A Useless Emotion
10. Turn New Drum
11. Working Overtime

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