639. New Order - Technique (1989)
1. Fine Time
2. All the Way
3. Love Less
4. Round & Round
5. Guilty Partner
7. Mr. Disco
8. Vanishing Point
9. Dream Attack
Another Manchester album, and another good one. Unfortunately, this one is just good, it isn't really amazing, and I much preferred Low-Life, not to mention Joy Division. But comparing Joy Division to New Order is completely pointless, the bands try to do completely different music, they just shared some members.
New Order are clearly taking the music they were listening to in Ibiza at the time and making something of it. Fortunately they are making something better of it, with complex textures and harmonies not to be found in your run of the mill rave party.
It is a testimony to the sheer talent of New Order that they can take such uninteresting music and make it quite appealing and sounding like quality stuff, still it sounds like something which is very much of its time, it has some problems breaking the 20 year barrier to the present, and that is its downfall. It sounds like late 80's dance music, and even when you can get over that it still has a little tang of tackiness.
1. Fine Time
2. Love Less
4. Round And Round
Technique was the first New Order album to reach number one in the UK charts. "Fine Time", the first single lifted from it, reached number 11. Remixed versions of "Round & Round" and "Run" were also released as singles. John Denver filed a lawsuit, alleging that (the guitar break in) "Run" too closely resembled Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane". The case was settled out-of-court.
Fine Time, best listened to after popping a couple of pills: