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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  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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  1. mattt
    Oct 16, 2009
    10
    Brilliant record.
  2. LinusS.
    Oct 16, 2009
    8
    I had a chance to listen to this cd and it is very good. If you like great guitar playing, synths and great melodies you will love this. There is not one bad song on this album, from start to finish this cd rocks, with great New Order style moments in it. Bernard Sumner is a musical genius who has worked with New Order, Electronic and Joy division. If you like this cd Please give New order and Electronic a listen and you will love it, also listen to the first Album By a band called MONACO called Music for Pleasure which is also very good (New Order side project). It is very sad that New Order broke up, let's hope they patch up their differences and make another album. Give the Bad Lieutenant a chance and you will love it. Expand
  3. DavidF.
    Oct 15, 2009
    6
    Only one complete dud on the album (the opening track), though nothing that follows is particularly memorable. Still a step up from the final New Order album. Collapse