• Record Label: Rhino
  • Release Date: Jan 14, 2013
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9

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  1. Jan 22, 2013
    5
    Bernard's lame lyrics are what hold this compilation back from being very enjoyable. The lyrics really sound like Sumner was just going through the motions, or using a computer to produce lines that fit the music. There's little to no feeling in the words on this record. The music is comparable to the material that made it on the Waiting For the Sirens' Call record, which is overallBernard's lame lyrics are what hold this compilation back from being very enjoyable. The lyrics really sound like Sumner was just going through the motions, or using a computer to produce lines that fit the music. There's little to no feeling in the words on this record. The music is comparable to the material that made it on the Waiting For the Sirens' Call record, which is overall fairly good, albeit somewhat monotone and repetitive. It's certainly not like any of their memorable records like Get Ready or any of their albums from the 80's like Technique or Ceremony. Collapse
  2. Feb 12, 2013
    8
    Not great, not bad but good. This is latter-day NO so the lyrics are a bit predictable and there are no staggering surprises. There are a couple of so-so songs (Recoil and Shake It Up), but the majority compare favourably with a lot of their 90s/2000s output and should have made it onto Sirens instead of tracks like Jetstream or I Told You So. The remix of the latter on here is aNot great, not bad but good. This is latter-day NO so the lyrics are a bit predictable and there are no staggering surprises. There are a couple of so-so songs (Recoil and Shake It Up), but the majority compare favourably with a lot of their 90s/2000s output and should have made it onto Sirens instead of tracks like Jetstream or I Told You So. The remix of the latter on here is a revelation a much better song. I'll Stay with You would have been a great single. Even so-so New Order is a lot better than most of the competition. Expand
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65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 5, 2013
    50
    2005's Waiting for the Sirens' Call is nobody's favorite New Order record, and it's fair to guess not many people were waiting with baited breath for an outtakes album from an apparently dreary and unimaginative recording period.
  2. Feb 28, 2013
    70
    It’s the sound of an indie/dance band hitting middle age, retaining some grace, and indulging their more basic rock ‘n’ roll tendencies.
  3. Feb 4, 2013
    60
    Depleted, but not defeated. [Mar 2013, p.92]