Get Ready - New Order

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Obviously it's not perky enough, funky enough either, but their best (and third) album in 15 years (and probably last ever) sounds an awful lot like what kids today call pop.
  2. New Order roll out that trademark sound again, and it's never sounded stronger or more vigorous.... A stunning and confident return to form. [19 Oct 2001, p.80]
  3. Demonstrates a virility missing from [1993's "Republic"].
  4. The best tracks--"Crystal" and "Turn My Way"--sound like they were recorded in 1987.
  5. They may have been apart for eight years, but less than a minute into opening track, 'Crystal', they've slotted back into their own idiosyncratic groove and the years are pouring off them.... Being in New Order never sounded like half as much fun as it does here.
  6. New Order are one of the best bands in the world again.
  7. Even for fans not needing much convincing, Get Ready is a "grower," an album whose focus on sublime songcraft and introverted delivery reveals its secrets slowly and after many listens.
  8. New Order have made better records than this, but not many with such an emotional charge and the expansive noise to carry it off.... Get Ready is the sound of a great band breaking free of their past before your ears. Who’d have thought it?
  9. Well, it's not 'Low Life' or 'Technique' but there's at least seven welcome additions to the New Order canon and in the thrilling 'Crystal' and poignant 'Run Wild', a brace of bona fide classics.
  10. Both a regressive return to form and a progressive triumph.
  11. Get Ready is one of New Order's better works, and that's saying a lot.
  12. Finds them as able as ever, playing as though they'd never been gone, and offering their most organic album in ages.
  13. True, only "60 Miles an Hour" sounds like a candidate for New Order's pantheon of hallowed singles; still, Get Ready might be the group's most consistent album from top to bottom.
  14. 70
    Get Ready succeeds in feeling like a New Order record despite all its new flavors. [Sep 2001, p.86]
  15. Solid pop sensibility... [Nov 2001, p.89]
  16. A catchy, beautiful album that looks to the past but refuses to be burdened by it.
  17. Get Ready follows through fully on the promise of "Crystal."
  18. Negotiate Steve Osborne's rather dated stadium Techno-rock production, and there's plenty to stimulate here... [#211, p.70]
  19. 60
    Think 1993's hit "Regret," but with tougher guitars, rockier grooves and a more up vibe. [Oct/Nov 2001, p.113]
  20. From a new band, Get Ready would seem like an accomplished if uneven effort.
  21. Ultimately, the four-on-the-floor rhythm and riffing quickly become repetitive, blunting Get Ready's impact.
  22. Get Ready has all the charm of those Old Navy ads we keep seeing on the telly. [#11]
  23. Neither as bad as you might fear nor as good as you might hope.
  24. 30
    Much of Get Ready is less a call to arms than the sound of an old man wheezing out of a creaky armchair. [Sep 2001, p.108]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. CuanaD
    May 19, 2005
    I'd have to rate this as highly as PC&L, and Technique - ahead of Republic, Movement, and well ahead of Brotherhood & Lowlife. there are a bunch of great tracks here & I really only skip track 3 because of Billy Corgan's additional vocals. Full Review »
  2. RobertoF
    May 17, 2005
    It's my favorite album by the best band on Earth.
  3. luca
    Mar 15, 2005
    great return from pop genius New Order. Who could hav predicted it after so many years of silence? this album is really exciting and fresh, much more than most new bands Full Review »