Never Cry Another Tear - Bad Lieutenant
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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the rock band formed by three members of New Order, Jake Evans, and Blur's Alex James appears as a guest.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
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  1. There’s very little here that fans of Sumner’s prior work absolutely need to hear, but he and his mates appear to be having fun, and their spirit is pretty infectious.
  2. Of course, new bands have lower expectations than established bands, and while virtually every listener will contrast Never Cry Another Tear with New Order's best work, it has the sweep and grandeur of the group's classic moments.
  3. Bernard Sumner delivers decent Enough Post-New order solo platter.
  4. Such is the blessing/curse of surviving and thriving in the music business for over 30 years. When you strip all that away, though, Never Cry Another Tear is a promising debut from a new band that’s still searching for an identity all its own.
  5. It's ultimately another product of New Order's comfortable middle age, in which the sound of their golden past gets dependably reproduced.
  6. 60
    "Runaway" and "Head Into Tomorrow" sound like the songs that Joy Division might have written if they'd hung out with Ewan MacColl. Good, but slightly disorienting. [Nov 2009, p. 81]
  7. 40
    Sumner's fans won't be disappointed, but it feels a bit like a stopgap. [Nov 2009, p.90]

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Score distribution:
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