After and eight year hiatus following what at that point was the weakest album of their career, New Order come back with their best post 80’s album, Get Ready. What make the album a success compared to other bands that comeback after an extended absence is New Order’s ability to blend their distinctly 80’s sound with musical climate at the time of the album’s release. Not trapped in the 80’s but not overly reliant the studio tricks that had surface since their last release, they strike a good balance. This is partially accomplished by an increase in the role of lead guitar which no longer functions solely as a rhythm instrument. This increase role makes some of the tracks less groove based than their previous albums but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s still enough of the “old” New Order to appease longtime fans while not alienating listeners for which Get Ready is their first exposure to the band.
The album plays it’s best card early with the opening “Crystal” (fun fact – The Killers took their name from the band in the music video for this song). “Crystal” starts off in a building capacity before turning into a fairly standard New Order track and eventually morphing into a breakdown over the track’s latter half. Billy Corgan of all people makes a guest appearance on “Turn My Way” which while completely random isn’t unwelcome. From there the album chugs along with a series of tracks that don’t grab my attention and serve at best serve as nice background music until “Rock the Shack”. The instrumentation on the track is fine but the repetitive “Rock the Shack” chorus gets on my nerves. The album finishes strong with the acoustic driven “Run Wild”. It doesn’t really fit with the character of the album but is effective nonetheless. Overall, Get Ready is the best New Order album post Technique even if that in and of itself isn’t too hard to accomplish. If you’re looking to check out the band I would alternatively recommend Power, Corruption & Lies.
Favorites: “Crystal” “Turn My Way” “Run Wild”