Thursday 18 October 2018

REVIEWS: 'Joy Division and New Order' by John Meagher

John Meagher

John Meagher

This is the first album to collate material from Joy Division and the group it would beget (on the death of Ian Curtis), New Order, but there's nothing here to attract existing fans of either bands.

Instead, all Total does is to reinforce the idea that Joy Division/New Order was a hugely exciting source of music between 1978 and 1990 and New Order has been a pitiful shadow of their once-visionary selves ever since. A previously unreleased a song from 2005, Hellbent, shows just how far Peter "Ooky" Hook and friends have fallen since then.

Love Will Tear Us Apart and Blue Monday remain among the best songs released in the '80s, but surely you don't need this dull collection to tell you that?

Burn it: Temptation; Love Will Tear Us Apart; Blue Monday

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