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Low-Life

New Order

1985

Low-Life

Album Summary

Low-Life is the third studio album by English rock band New Order, released on 13 May 1985 by Factory Records. It is considered to be among the band's strongest work, displaying the moment they completed their transformation from post-punk hold-overs to dance-rockers. The album shows New Order's increased incorporation of synthesisers and samplers, while still preserving the rock elements of their earlier work. The original Factory CD issues of the album were mastered with pre-emphasis. The songs on this album formed the basis of the band's live concert video Pumped Full of Drugs, filmed in Tokyo shortly before the album's release. The music video for "The Perfect Kiss" was directed by Jonathan Demme.

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Rating

3.28

Votes

4743

Genres

  • New Wave
  • Post Punk
  • Electronica
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5

Highlights: The Perfect Kiss, Sunrise, Sooner Than You Think, Sub-Cultures Oh sure, you can think of New Order as the "Bizarre Love Triangle" band, but did you know they have other songs?! Low-Life is so much more than what you'd expect from the legacy of Joy Division and pioneers of New Wave; It's perfectly crafted in every way. It opens with standard New Order fare with Love Vigilantes progresses into an evolution of lush synth goodness with The Perfect Kiss (or Bizarre Love Triangle Evolved)...Then crests with Sunrise, a surprising and excellent rock/synth power ballad. Sooner Than You Think floats in the middle of the b-side in a dreamy, atmospheric ghostlike presence. The layered tapestry of Sub-Culture diverges and peaks at chaos (the good kind), then immediately ties everything up in a immaculate bow. Face Up closes out with callout to previous efforts, and I imagine is there to remind us at the end, we're still listening to New Order. This is a fantastic album.

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4

Elegia was especially beautiful and I think a fitting tribute to Ian Curtis. A very melancholy synth-pop bit of brilliance. I knew I was going to really enjoy this album, so I was struggling between 4 and 5. 4.5 if possible. Def worth a re-listen!

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4

...apparently I had no idea about what New Order actually were. I was most definitely not expecting this to start off with a accessible *upbeat as hell* simple 80s pop rock song - what!? As an 80s rocker kid I avoided New Order because I thought "ick - no guitars or "real" drums but all moody electronic synths??" (n.b. which I would likely love now) but "Love Vigilantes" seems like it could have been something from Big Country or The Alarm. And to be sure the album soon covers moody-synth territory, with heavily layered sequencers moving right in on the second cut but I definitely have a new-found appreciation for the music - it's far more complex and deep than I would have imagined. Yet there's a peculiar mix of styles on this album - just when it seems to be settling into this sequenced new wave we get something like "Sunrise" which is just a killer rock track. I do find some of the instrumentation or mix ... weird (e.g. on "This Time of Night" the overdubbed drum fills practically coat the song) on some of the colder songs but that's a retroactive-80s style thing I'm still not used to :D Overall though this was highly unexpected and is a pleasantly odd mix of synthy dark 80s dance tunes and up-tempo pop-rock songs. I'm glad to have listened to this - a keeper and not just as a timepiece for the era. 7/10 4 stars

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5

An album that doesn't really have any of the hits and is all the better for it. New Order's most cohesive and coherent album by far.

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5

I've listened to PC&L over a dozen times (one of my favorite albums of all time), but this is my first time listening to Low-Life. Each time I listen, it gets better and better. This album marks a gradual shift from New Wave towards dance-pop through the increased use of synth and less reliance on punk. These 8 tracks are absolute bangers. The first and last tracks are slightly weaker and almost deter from a perfect score. But the rest of the tracks are at least near masterpieces. Love the vocals and synth effects. Their music always gets me moving around and grooving the unique sound that influenced much of synthpop to come.

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5

10/10 It’s tragic hearing Joy Division without Ian Curtis, but I think Gillian Gilbert was able to move everything to it’s fullest potential. Joy Division always sounded their best when they harnessed synths, I just really wish we could get Ian Curtis’ beautiful vocals and lyricism for New Order. Despite that, this album is still INCREDIBLE. I love the gritty edge of Joy Division put in a Techno-pop dance style. It’s perfect music to jam to, whether to get hyped up (like Sub-Culture) or to get in a more dark mood (like Elegia) Again in a perfect world, we would have Ian Curtis on this but of course, it’s tragically impossible so I have to see it for everything else that makes this album amazing. One of my favorite albums.

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5

I love this album. It's one of my favorites of that era. It got endless play in my house when I was a teenager and it's one I never tired of over the years. I think it's probably the first New Order album I had ever heard, so I have a special sentimentality for it. New Order made several terrific albums in the 80s, beautifully crafted collections of unique songs that were eminently listenable, front to back. No bad tracks. Low-Life is just one of those albums. It's full of gorgeously layered electronic arrangements, elevated by Peter Hook's guitar in a way other synth-based bands could never really touch. Bernard Sumner's slightly strained vocal style may be grating to some listeners, but we always liked it for that reason. It added a little texture to an otherwise pretty polished sound. Sumner never tried to be Ian Curtis. He knew his limits as a vocalist and kind of leaned into them, which I can appreciate. The album's only weak spot would be in the lyrics, which always seemed like a bit of an afterthought. This is the case with a lot of music in this genre. Bonus points for showing a sense of humor by adding the “frogs” to “Perfect Kiss.” Fave Songs (all songs, from most to least favorite): The Perfect Kiss, Love Vigilantes, Sub-Culture, Elegia, Sunrise, Face Up, Sooner Than You Think, This Time of Night

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4

80's synth pop with an undercurrent of darkness and academic post-punk--ya know, New Order's whole thing.

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4

Some of you may have already read my story about Peter Hook's impressive pissing stream leading to me killing a stripper on another New Order review. Well, I have one more thing to add to that - that stripper was my own daughter. MY OWN DAUGHTER!

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Prefer the old order

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i really liked “elegia” i thought it was different and really cool. other than that i liked the album but it wasn’t anything special

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2

Well, it sounded like other rock from this time period. I didn't mind the sound or composition, but it wasn't memorable to me either. The lead singer's voice seemed to deteriorate over the course of the album, ending up with the last track being really uncomfortable to listen to.

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This sounds pretty close to a guy singing karaoke at a bar after several drinks. He's not bad, per se, but it's just off enough to be jarring. The music itself is solid and well done, but the vocalist sounding like he's decided on a different key entirely is not a plus.

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Big OOF, this album started out sounding rather generic then by the end it was hard to listen. I don't mind synth music, but nothing about this album is remarkable in anyway. Top 3: lol....

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“Low-Life” by New Order (1985) First impression: extremely weak lead vocals, poorly recorded. Perfect mismatch between the message and musical settings. Lyrics are okay; music is terrible—a rare combination. Actually, by the end of the album I changed my mind. The lyrics are bad too. Their electronic/disco tracks are better suited to dancing than listening. Highly programmed, one can move the body without engaging the mind, while one’s soul is focused on the gyrations of one’s dance partner(s). Hope he/she/they are hot, cause the music’s not. God, these lead vocals are horrible. Words fail. By the middle of track four, I began looking for the cameras. I was sure I was being punked. 1/5

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5

I love this band and love this album. This is New Order at the peak of their powers!

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5

Surprisingly great, each song has something else that I liked about it, 80s pop with an edge

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5

Holy crap these drums are so good. I'm starting to understand the obsession with that 80's sound but the drums stand out here.

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5

I really like this one. Kind of like rock with 80s driving beats and synths.

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5

I really liked. It's pretty much the same as The Cure or even The Smiths to me, but well, I really like those too.

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5

Perfect mix between synths and guitars

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5

Surprisingly good, a nice mixture of sounds with a really 80s feel

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5

Cool

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5

The first really good album I've been given that I haven't heard already. 4.5

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5

Suuuuper 80s and a little emo. I like it a lot more than I was expecting to. Reminds me of some of that old emo punk like early Blink.

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5

fedt

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5

Love it. Sad Boy anthem

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5

New Order's everyday and simple lyrics sometimes come in for criticism (because some people just can't accept when something is perfect). Yes they sing about often mundane and banal subject matter but it is transformed through the unbelievable music into a form of escape and transcendence.

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5

This is a great one.

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5

Amazing beat techno really jamming out to this for hours!!

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5

I like New Order and own a compilation disc of their music and one of their 90s releases. I hadn’t listened to this album before. I had heard the first two songs before listening to this but was surprised to discover my favorite stuff in the tracks I had never heard before. Highlights: Love the beats and frogs and sheep and cowbells in “The Perfect Kiss”. The guitars were fantastic in “Sunrise.” Really love this song’s echos of punk music melded with 80s dance. Great song, great intensity! The synth and guitar instrumental “Elegia” was fantastic. Moody. Complex. Beautiful. “Sooner Than You Think” has such great lyrics. Love the music too, those guitars near the end are too good. “Sub-Culture” and “Face Up” seems to end the album on a note that sets a course toward New Order’s future albums. Great New Order album! Had my rating floating between 4 and 5, but “Sunrise” made this one easy to round up.

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5

Ah, New Order. I never had this album, but I knew every song from various compilations, mix tapes, and an obsessed college roommate. Some of these I haven't heard in many years. Although I was a huge fan, I never learned the song titles very well, since they are never very well connected to the lyrics. Thus I didn't make connections later in the download age. Eighties British electronic dance music was my favorite in college, and New Order was right at the top. Although this would probably not be my favorite New Order album, I love it and I was happily brought back in time and I score it on that feeling.

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5

Låter otroligt bra.

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5

Ahead of its time. New Order is fantastic.

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5

mu weeeno full 80tero

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5

Their very best. 8 perfect tracks on long play format, enjoy this from start to finish.

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5

It's so much better than any Joy Division album. Been using "The Perfect Kiss" to test headphones for years now hahah And "Sunrise" was an unexpected banger. Minds of 99 has no doubt taken inspiration from these guys. Oh My God. "Elegia" is amazing. Holy shit I love this. 5

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5

I was more familiar with Power, Corruption & Lies. This is a great followup. Moody synths, sort of dancey, not quite as hooky as Blue Monday. Just a great Friday listen.

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5

There was a long time that New Order was a secret guilty pleasure band for me, and this record in particular because electronic/dance was most definitely not my scene. Love Vigilantes has always been a favorite, but damn, I like the dancy bits. Maybe me, but I hear a fair amount of “The Cure” sound in here too with the guitars.

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5

Thought this was brilliant. High energy and intense. "Elegia" was absolutely standout for me, will be listening to it fairly regularly from now on.

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5

New old-sound for this age.

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5

Yes I like New Order

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5

One of my favourite New Order albums - love Subculture and Elegia and Face Up

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5

It's a great album and a great way to be introduced to New Order. For someone who had not heard of them.

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5

This surprised me, very much a headphones album with layers and layers. No massive stand out tune and not blown away by vocals but an album to get lost in. 4.5

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5

The debate will always rage about New Order's 80s albums vs the singles, possibly the last group where this a genuine discussion. The Perfect Kiss 12" is better than the album version, they recorded a 17 minute version of Elegia and put out another 12" version of Sub-culture. But it's a pretty perfect album nevertheless.

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5

First time listening. Had it on loop flying back from Malaga at 3am after a long weekend on the piss. Slept most of the flight but whenever I'd wake up, every track was sensational 🤌🏻

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5

Magnificent.

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4

great. real 80s sounding stuff

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4

7/10

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4

Good-to-great. The original vocals on Sub-culture are so off-melody though - the remix cleans that up, at least. Sunrise/Elegia are the real highlights here.

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4

Faktisk udmærket Brit-pop. Kunne egentlig godt blive ret fedt at høre på, men ørene mangler erfaring. Flere gode numre. Den får 4 fremskrivende stjerner

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4

Liked it a lot but not really music to listen to at work. I like Joy Division and I can hear their roots sometimes

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4

I enjoyed it a lot. I don't really listen to a lot of synth-pop, but this album, especially the second half sounded epic. Will definitely be turning it on for some laid-back listens. Favorite songs: Sunrise, Elegia, 6/8.

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4

Big fan of this album.

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4

Liked it, but maybe needs another 2-3 listens. Subculture and This Time of Night were best.

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4

I liked the album overall but “Elegia” pushed it to 4 stars!

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4

Solid! Roots of early NIN, obvs.

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4

Like it so far

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4

First entire New Order album I've ever listened to.

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4

A really fun and poppy (and 80s) album! This Aussie gives it four tins of Milo out of five.

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4

Do like their combination of synths and guitars. Not my favorite album by them but their sound in general definitely works for me.

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4

Great for the 80s

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4

enjoyed!

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4

Great 80s alt pop. Has love vigilantes

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4

Amazing album. 2nd best NO album. 8/10

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4

Beautiful album from a band I'd never heard of before. Absolutely get the connection to Joy Division. Elegia and Sub-Culture were particular favorites

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4

I think I've heard a lot of songs from the album but have never listened to the album. A lot of the songs sound the same to me after a while but I like them.

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4

I always liked Joy Division and I had something "against" New Order, but this album changed my mind. I need to go back and listen to them again. I know that this phase is not absolutely "synth" as the next albums, but it was a so good experience and I think that I'm able to give them another chance.

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4

Cure-ish

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"My friend took his final breath Now I know the perfect kiss is the kiss of death" (The perfect kiss) "(Whatever you may think of me whatever you may say I've lived my whole life in danger, You've lived your life in hate)" (Sunrise)

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4

Oké album. Elegia is mijn favoriete nummer op dit album

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4

Fast besser al Joy Division

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4

New Order couldn’t do much wrong around this time, High Life is surrounded by other class albums and there isn’t much wrong here. Driving beats, lush synths & hooky’s basslines, so so good!

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4

I was happy to see this album come up. I haven't listened to this album before, but I do like New Order. The first two tracks are the most familiar to me, and are tracks that I would listen to again. The album worked as a whole for me. I would give this album somewhere between 3.7 and 4.0 stars.

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4

First song in and I'm really enjoying this sound so far. Kind of reminds me of an 80s Arcade Fire in a weird way. Yeah this is pretty lush for an 80s album. I think this is one of my favorite albums I've listened to on this list so far.

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4

As usual this new order album sounds excellent, great songs, kind of lulls a bit in the middle, not their absolute best but it's better than most bands can do

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4

Some classics on here. Would be great for an 80s party.

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4

Great listening.

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4

Fun new wave album with some killer synth lines on it

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4

its good. poppy and fun and way les overplayed

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4

The first half of this album is ok. The second half starts off with a beautiful composition followed by somewhat better songs. 4/5

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4

Yass. Not my favourite New Order album but a goodie, to be sure.

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4

Great. Very synth heavy with some great tracks. Recognized "Elegia" from movies/tv

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4

Much more moody than I expected, enjoyed it, good movie music!

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4

The last great New Order album.

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4

I thought this was good. Vocals are a bit annoying. Sounded a bit the cure but otherwise good

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4

Really good

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4

I like it. More dissonant than I recall

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4

Fuck yeah, New Order.

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4

Pretty cool, not every song blew me away but there’s tons of pretty unique concepts and sounds that fill a void in my 80s rock exposure that I didn’t know existed

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4

Near perfect album by New Order. Peter Hook's bass is the star of this album and a very bright one at that

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4

Saw these guys at my first Big Day Out in 2002. Joy Division lost their lead, but still flowered. Lower in a few new band mates, and keep going. Very easy to listen to

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4

You know how I feel about synths

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4

Not my favorite, stylistically mostly, but there are some bangers on here, can hear the influence on a ton of bands to come

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4

Really enjoyed this album. Favorite tracks: Love Vigilantes (I think I've heard another version of this song, but not sure who it was) and Elegia (very nice, simple instrumental). The album doesn't blow me away (so not a 5), but I definitely liked it a lot.

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4

This took a few listens to sink in. There's a lot going on here that's subtle and easy to miss at at first. Had a rated it on my first impression it might have gotten 2 or 3 stars but this album grows on you. Take the simplicity of Elegia, for example. There's a Philip Glass vibe to the track and I can hear how it might even have influenced the Hogarth era Marillion sound. Side one is the stronger side though with the final track on the side, Sunrise being the high point with ag good mix of new-wave and post-punk infused in one track.

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4

Completely epitomizes 80's weird Brit rock (The Smiths, The Cure, Joy Division, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, etc.). That's not an insult, there's some good stuff in there. This album captures it perfectly. Despite the heavy synth in many songs, there's still some good musicianship (guitar better than you think on first listen). The songwriting is also sharp, from lyrics to arrangements. Love Vigilantes is my favorite and Sunrise is another song that nicely blends real and fake instruments. The Perfect Kiss (decent lyrics) and Sub-culture are decent but a bit synth-heavy (sounds hokey). Elegia (instrumental) is quite beautiful. Face Up was a fun end to the album (probably my second favorite track). I spent the day listening to New Order and this is definitely their best album. Not lower than 3.5 and I'll round up for their pioneering work.

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4

Nice album

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4

Synth pop just works...

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4

Virkelig god blanding punk + rock med et snært af vanilje (techno) indover. Især sidste halvdel er god!

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4

Given my musical tastes, it's no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed this album. The strange thing about the rating I'm giving it is that I can't really think of a standout track, I just enjoyed the interesting synth work, breathy vocals, and absolute shredding by whoever is playing bass. I know that even for its time none of this was particularly new, but I do think this might be one of the earliest dance rock albums that actually holds together as a single record - hopefully we'll get dealt up some earlier ones so I can make a proper comparison :)

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4

Not listened to a lot of Joy Division other than the hits, so wasn't sure what to think going into this. But really vibed with this album, absolutely would listen to it again, Elegia was a standout for me, change of pace and just up my alley completely. Nice short burst of 80's style music. 4/5.

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4

An almost great album by New Order here. Was only faniliar with their singles and Joy Division so there was plenty of unheard material for me. Perfect Kiss (the 12 inch version) is my favourite song by them and though the album edit isn't as great, still fantastic. The album cuts were mostly great, with Sunrise and Sooner Than You Think being the highlights. The bass in this is phenomenal throughout. The synths and percussion are fantastic. The only thing not perfect in terms of the music is Bernard Sumner's vocals as it tends to be flat here and there. Also the closer Face Up can get pretty annoying.

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4

So many great re-listens this week.

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4

Norm sündikas

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4

pretty good 4

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4

Yeah, I like New Order, but I didn’t know this album. It was good, but maybe a little less dancy than I expected. Apparently this was the first album with the identity as “dance”. I didn’t know any of the tracks, but could hear hints of some of the tracks I do know. There are some catchy musical moments in these early works.

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4

אלבום ממש טוב אבל הסולן ממש מזייף אז זה קצת הרבה מוריד

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Užasan cover odmah da budemo jasni, dosta mi to ipak znači hoću neki album poslušat prije nekog albuma u dotičnoj diskografiji. Drago mi je da je album bolji od covera koji ga predstavlja, ritmičan je kao i većina njihovih stvari, nekako možda pozitivnije zvuče na ovom albumu, ali uvijek će imati taj mali dio, taj ritam koji će me uvijek podsjećati na Joy Divison (nije to nimalo loše, zašto i ne bi podsjećali?). Također i na The Cure. The Perfect Kiss je najbolja na albumu, a općenito mi se dvije pjesme nisu baš dojmile, ovo ostalo sve dobro. Nije čvrsta četvorka, ali ne mogu dati trojku ovom.

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4

Nästan en femma fr… jag bara fanar så hårt med syntpop….

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4

Good album.

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4

Maybe not their best, but still good enough for a 4

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4

Quality new-wave album, 4/5 stars

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4

This is not my kind of favorite music, but this album is excellent! The lyrics are very interesting !

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4

great

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4

álbum dançante. duas misturas: rock e dançante, preferi a metade dançante. queria ir na balada nos EUA nos anos 80 para ouvir isso.

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4

Good! Reminds me of tears for fears.

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4

An unrelenting bop fest from start to finish (apart from Elegia, a tribute to the late Ian Curtis). To those who say that this was the first proper New Order album whereas the first two were a collection of singles: I have to agree. The tracklist makes for a cohesive experience and everything clicks in the long run. Great album.

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4

This album is fantastic, it is catchy, danceable, fun, but also kinda melancholic, wich creates a bittersweet vibe that I deeply love. New Order was formed by the remaining members of Joy Division and I think it really shows because, to me, they sound like a happier version of Joy Divison.

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4

Very solid album.

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4

It just doesn’t get more 80s!

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4

Obligatory Metal Gear Solid V "Why are we still here? Just to suffer?" reference.

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4

Good stuff

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4

After reading the description on Wikipedia I really didn't expect to like this, but I ended up enjoying it and it didn't even feel as long as it is. 3.5/5

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4

Listen to this a lot when it was released. Some brilliant tracks but one or two that stop it being a full 5.

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4

Solid 80s

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4

Love Hookys bass.

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4

I really enjoyed this album, it is really engaging and I especially liked 'Elegia'. Will definitly listen again.

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4

I have an appreciation for this music. Love Vigilantes is like new wave Springsteen. The drum drives it - the simple instrumentation and clear vocals command your attention and it articulates a slice of tragedy for the common man. I just hope the rest of the album can maintain the greatness of that first track. So far so good...Perfect Kiss is an excellent more upbeat follow up for track 2! This Time of Night is pretty solid as well - Drugs? Love? Who knows. Three songs, three different subject matters, and three different tones, which is not a bad thing. Sunrise kicks into gear and is all kinds of The Cure. It's a heavy one - about loss, or doubt or something. Even though Love Vigilantes is 1000 times more tragic or sad than this song should be, there's something more personal here. This song then leads into the lyric-less Elegia, which feels like part 2 of the previous song - I see now that New Order formed out of Joy Division after the lead singer died, so this must be for him? This song kind of brings down the listenability though - it stops the flow in terms of a full-album re-listenable experience. Subculture and Sooner than you Think are a little sub par and while Face Up is decent, the album starts with a roar and goes out with a whimper. Still I'm a fan overall!

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4

New order é brabo

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4

Great 80's sound with catchy melodies

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4

As much as there is to like, New Order records never quite live up to the promise offered by the many, many great hooks. Relatedly, their completely distinct sound is a plus, but too many songs sound like nothing so much as – wait for it – other New Order songs. Self-referential or just same-y? There are other issues, too – e.g., the jarring shift in tone after the great opener. “Love Vigilantes” feels like it belongs to a different record. A few too many light and synthetic-sounding synths, quite a few that haven’t survived too well across the decades. Peter Hook’s epic bass-ing only redeems some the tracks and Sumner’s earnest-plaintive vocals fully hit on just more than half of the songs. When it all works, it works very well, but that’s not often enough to sustain the occasional and fleeing transcendence. 3.7.

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4

Never listened to a new order album before. This was great.

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4

Really Good. 4/5

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4

Loved this, top notch

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New wave 80s. Kind of cool. Sort of like the cure. Good stuff.

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This album, along with Power Corruption and Lies is peak New Order. By their third album they've made a complete and smooth transition from dark, post-punk to producing perhaps the best dance music ever released in the mid-eighties. There are some real classics here and that despite having some dated 80's hooks and motifs, it still holds up remarkably well. In particular The Perfect Kiss is indeed a perfect dance song for a nice summer day. Love Vigilantes and Sooner than you think are also very strong tracks.

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This is the sort of thing I liked to dance to in the mid-eighties. Catchy and accessible, a bit dark with some slower moody pieces. The “hits” (Love Vigilantes, Perfect Kiss, Sub-Culture) tend to have a similar sound, but that’s okay. They’re not Joy Division, but that’s okay.

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Wikipedia tells me this was New Order's transitional album, and that makes sense - some tracks they sound like The Cure, others they sound like the electronic New Order I'm more familiar with. The vocals are distinctly ropey in places, and I was leaning towards a 3 star review, but damn "Elegia" is a great track (I'm talking about the 17.5 minute version on the bonus disc - cracking stuff!) and after a second listen, everything grew on me. Fave track - "Elegia" as mentioned. The loooooooong version please! 🙏

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Of all the 80s New Wave thats come up on this list, this is the first album I've enjoyed. It starts strong with a very upbeat tune and keeps the energy going for most of the album. A couple of songs didn't catch my interest as well as the first ones, and there's some moments in the album where the singers voice just gives out, but overall this was a fun album that I'd definitely listen to again. Also after it finished Spotify played the love triangle song and it all clicked.

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Oye, este disco es entero bueno

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Another album that was new to me. I knew of New Order but not familiar with this album at all. It's very good, the synths work, the moody atmosphere is good. Not an absolute favorite though.

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One of the bands I secretly liked in High school since it wasn't cool for a Metal head to listen to them. They migrated from the darker sounds of Joy Division to a more blend of guitar oriented rock with synthesizers, which I like as well. The song Sunrise is suck a killer tune and one of my favorites.

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Hot take: New Order > Joy Division. Y'all just are horny for a tragedy.

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Love Vigilantes is an amazing album opener. It sets the tone for New Order to take the wheel and drive you straight to the crescendo of their post-Joy Division glory. Solid album.

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The epic electronica album by New Order. Ends come together here

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As good as this type of dance-plus music can be. It's a little angsty, as if we're dancing to forget and be free of the pain. The bass lines and epic and most of the synth hooks hold up. It gets a bit same-y toward the back.

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Awesome. A mix of the gothic Joy Division sound and something poppier. I really like Joy Division so I don't know why I never bothered listening to this band before. He's doing the Megamind "No bitches?" angle on the cover by the way.

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This was the least known of New Order‘s work for me. Excellent album with very few weak songs.

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Je pense que si j'étais né en 1960 j'aurais été fan

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forget Guns n’ Roses and Cyndi Lauper, THIS is real 80s music

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Hadn't listened to this particular New Order album before, but was pleasantly surprised. Holds up against the rest of their catalogue and a very solid listen.

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Very smiths but really good, more diverse

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Awesome album! This will be replayed multiple times. Excited to listen to more by New Order

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I’d never actually heard this in full before and it was very impressive. I enjoyed it more the second time I listened once I better understood the story which was devastating. I do think it’s funny that a lot of the songs were basically disco or musical theater but were probably beloved by those who “hated” those genres. Another Brick Part 1 was my favorite . Would give a 4.5 if possible.

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A much better than average post-punk, new wave, synth/club/techno album. The range of songs is mostly upbeat, rather than introspective and dark. Some pop elements make this more accessible to a wider range of listeners. I'd give it 3.5 if possible.

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Perhaps the disc when New Order became New Order for a full album. The previous releases showed the real time transition from Joy Division's post-punk, dark and cold esthetic to New Order's electronic dance music. There are people that fall into one camp or the other (post-punk vs. EDM). For me, it is mood dependent, as I like both. Not perfect, but very, very good.

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Olin ulkomuistista vakuuttunut, että tämä olisi kolmen tähden levy. Pari hittiä, enemmän täytettä ja "hyvää soundia", joka ei täysin vastaa kitarapohjaisen indoktrinoinnin luomaa henk. koht. makuani. Olin erityisen varautunut tähän aloituskaksikon (Love Vigilantes/The Perfect Kiss) jälkeen. Todellisuudessa kertosäkeetön Sunrise veikin minut mukanaan, ja koin voimakasta nautinnon tunnetta myös Elegia-instrumentaalin aikana. Jopa Sub-culturen melodian pieni ärsyttävyys/iskelmäisyys muuttui vahvuudeksi laulun epävireisyyden ja soiton tunteettomuuden ansiosta. Lopetusbiisin aikana mietin, olisiko taso kuitenkin heikentynyt B-puolen loppua kohti. Ehkä vähän, mutta en voi väittää, etteikö Face Upin "Oh how I cannot bear the thought of you" -huuto olisi yhä toiminut hyvänä koukkuna.

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no tätäpä on tullut toki jo kuunneltua ja tykättyä! etenkin Perfect Kissiä. tykkään aina vaan. tulee nyt vähän Dingo-vibat mut onhan tää parempi.

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one of the best sounding album

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Top 3 Songs: 1 - Love Vigilantes (1) 2 - Sunrise (4) 3 - The Perfect Kiss (2)

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Dancey. I kind of preferred them when they had a more post-punk influence. Still, this is inoffensive and catchy. Favorite track: "The Perfect Kiss"

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Not gonna lie, actually liked this more than I thought I would

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3.5

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Lepposaa menoa alusta loppuun.

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Even though I did not know a single song on the album beforehand, it was a very pleasant listen. A nice balance between high energy (almost disco) vibes and ambient synth, this must be one of my favorite new wave albums.

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Average

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Jangly electronic rock. I went into this blind, knowing Blue Monday but very little else. It was fun, and I can see why this is an important album, but I wasn't in the right mood for it.

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There's probably some chance I've heard some of these songs before but I don't really remember it. Kind of sad to not see some of there more popular songs on here. Some of these sound a lot like Tears for Fears.

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Not as polished as their other albums but still very solid

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Great album. Reminded me of high school

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Too many instrumentals, not enough hits. I do like new wave though.

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Heard a few of the tracks before "Love Vigilantes" and "Elegia". Beyond those two, doesn't do a ton for me. Not bad though.

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Yeah, pretty cool.

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I enjoyed it.

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Was not expecting to recognize a song right of the bat - I think I actually know "Love Vigilantes" not from this original version but from the Iron & Wine cover. Found my head bobbing to "This Time of Night." Overall it was somewhat forgettable, one I likely won't come back to. But I liked it more than I thought I would.

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This feels pure 80's. It's a good album, very pop-rock, slightly punk. A near danceable album that makes me think of what the 80's must have felt like to those who lived through it. Not necessarily something I'll be coming back to, but a good listen regardless. True feeling: 2.8/5

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nideso dricho

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Fun but forgettable 80s vibey record

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Surprisingly relaxing, I think this a good background music album. I might start listening to this as my "I need to work and focus" music!

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I like new order, I really do. But aside from Love Vigilantes this album doesn't have much standout material. I kept wishing I was listening to Power, Corruption and Lies. The new wave is strong with these men. The Synths are quite dated but there's a lot to like here.

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Tecno pop.

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This is a fun listening! I doubt that I will remember a single song after listening (maybe some of the rhythms) but it's nonetheless a joyful ride with this album. 3/5, would recommend and listen to it again, although not very memorable, yet!

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Whereas Technique felt like something refreshing and new, this album is just "What if we were The Cure?" I love The Cure, so I didn't hate this. But The Cure does it better.

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Nothing I haven’t heard from the 80s before. I need to hear their earlier albums to give it more value than what I heard today from this album.

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Había oído canciones sueltas pero no todo el album seguido. Me ha gustado por las partes que me suenan más a Joy Division. Y lo cierto es que se nota su influencia en muchos grupos posteriores.

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Not bad, but New Order has better albums.

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I liked this album and I don’t care what any of you say.

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I fall asleep and dream an endless 1980's karate movie montage. John Hughes is my dad and Molly Ringwald is doing that thing with her nose. Five Stars.

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Like bottled essence of the '80s, which can be good or bad depending on one's mood.

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Net iets meer dan 3*. Wel leuk

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Some singing was really off-putting, but enjoyed most of the instrumentals

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I never realised before this list how hit and miss new order can be. I always thought I was a fan, but it turns out I'm a bit of a greatest hits kinda guy. Anyway some good some turd. It's aged better than the super 90s stuff.

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Besser als befürchtet 80 live

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My expectations for this we're not very high. However I enjoyed it more than not. Some really nice guitar sounds in there.

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Great in places but never really catches fire for me

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Really enjoyed this one.

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it's uh, pretty good

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