New Order – Music Complete *****
Disclosure – Caracal ***
CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye ***
There are three new albums out this week vying to top Friday’s albums chart and, although our money would definitely be on electronic duo Disclosure, New Order’s Music Complete is the welcome surprise – a fantastic return to form.
We’ve picked out Plastic (YouTube clip above) partly because it features one of our favourite singers – La Roux’s Elly Jackson – but also because it best illustrates the sound of a band getting its groove back. The fact that it evokes Donna Summer’s I Feel Love with an equally prominent Electronic moment is brilliantly coincidental. The nod to one of New Order’s best albums, 1989’s Technique, may in part be due to the welcoming back of keyboardists Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris.
Equally strong are Tutti Frutti the Italo house anthem the Pet Shop Boys/Hurts were born to pen, People On The High Line which is pure 80s Black Box and the warped Iggy Pop-narrated Stray Dog. monstagigz saw New Order for the first time at the Brixton Academy about five years ago and was seriously underwhelmed. This tenth studio album is the first not to feature Peter Hook, who we saw at Rewind in August. We’re as surprised as anyone to be wheeling out the full 5* for Music Complete but hope it can pull off the unlikely trick of beating Disclosure to the top of the album charts on Friday.
We last saw Disclosure at this year’s Glastonbury and while Caracal is a respectable follow-up to 2013’s Settle it is the sound of a band breaking no new ground. We’re quite enjoying Lorde’s contribution but it’s one of few highlights.
We’ve yet to see electronic band CHVRCHES live and fans of Mother We Share, the tremendous single from 2013 debut album The Bones of What You Believe will find much to enjoy here. Although, as Disclosure have done, it’s not letting anyone down but it’s both nothing new and not surpassing previous efforts. The sound of perpetuation rather than euphoric new (order) heights.
Brilliant to have three contenders for Friday’s new album crown. We’re keeping the True Faith common sense will prevail.
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- New Order play a seven-date UK tour in November including two nights at the 02 Brixton Academy. Tickets here.
- Disclosure pre-sale tickets available through American Express Invites for four UK dates including two at Alexandra Palace here.
- CHVRCHES reach the UK in November for nine dates including one at Alexandra Palace. Tickets here.