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Music almost complete June 4, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

I see New Order are touring their latest album Music Complete, and I’ve got to admit to being a fan of that work. They were in Australia this week with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and very fine it was too apparently (though I’m a bit leery of these classical/rock/pop cross overs). And the line up…

The band last popped by in 2012, welcoming the original keyboard player, Gillian Gilbert, back to the lineup after a decade away. But this appearance, only four years later, has some unique weight.
First up, the band is touring Music Complete, the first original album made by the current lineup of Gilbert, singer/guitarist Bernard Sumner, drummer Stephen Morris, guitarist Phil Cunningham (who replaced Gilbert for live shows in 2001 before becoming a permanent member) and bassist Tom Chapman, who had played with Sumner, Morris and Cunningham in the little loved side project Bad Lieutenant, and joined New Order in 2011.

Gilbert is on board. Obviously Peter Hook who was no longer in the group before Music Complete is not. I saw the non-Gilbert line-up play in 2004 or 2005 and they were pretty great. I’d love to see this one too. But I guess one way or another I’ll never see the original NO line up.

Meanwhile they’ve released a remix album of Music Complete which is either extremely generous of them or completely excessive or both – the remix of Academic at the top is taken from that.

Good point here I thought:

…the night ends with a spirited run through Love Will Tear Us Apart – and after such a powerful and emotional set, it seemed especially incongruous.

Yes, it’s the best known Joy Division song; yes it’s a genuinely brilliant piece of work; but there’s something deeply unsettling about the way it’s gradually metamorphosed over the years from exhausted eulogy to the inevitable death of love to a hands in the air feel-good end of the night crowd pleaser.


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