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Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

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  • Summary: The veteran Manchester band's latest disc was produced by Tore Johansson and John Leckie, and sees touring guitarist Phil Cunningham becoming an official full-time band member, replacing departed keyboardist Gillian Gilbert.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. A satisfying return to the Blue Monday sound of their heyday. [29 Apr 2005, p.147]
  2. When it's firing on all cylinders, Sirens' Call offers manic pop thrills that either recall the group's heyday, or slyly recalls the noise made by other people that were touched by New Order
  3. But even if it's only half as good as it used to be, this Call sounds okay to us.
  4. Unfortunately, however, the adjectives that need to be attached to this record -- workmanlike, customary, unembarrassing -- aren't going to make music fans flood the record stores seeking copies.
  5. Too much of the album passes by in a pleasantly inconsequential blur.
  6. For the life of me I cannot fathom how people can claim this album is any sort of return to form.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. DB
    Jan 7, 2007
    loved it
  2. MFalcon
    May 5, 2005
    New Order is still one of my favorite bands. I loved "Get Ready" and this album is just as great. I have all of their stuff, and I like them better than ever. Expand
  3. MCD
    Jun 13, 2005
    Love every track.
  4. RussellES
    Apr 28, 2005
    In this new millennium, if Get Ready was a revamped New Order
  5. DavidM.
    Jun 5, 2005
    Brilliant music from this band that continues to deliver well into their 3rd decade.
  6. ChuckH
    May 20, 2005
    I like the disc more now than when I first heard it. More importantly I can appreciate this disc for what it is; a band that remembers its roots and isn't affraid to grow. On my first run through I didn't care for much for it until I came across "Guilt..." then I parked the CD player on 'track repeat' for that one a few times (okay 10 times) and soaked it in like a starving plant soaking up sun and rain. That track is brilliant and what I've always loved about the band. Then I gave a better listen to the rest of the album. After a few more run throughs I found myself getting hooked on the other pieces and tracks. Soon I was thinking about different tracks in my head when I wasn't listening which is usually a good indication that I like a track. And the final measure of how good a song or disc is in the fact that it ends before you think it should. I put in "Get Ready" to compare it and I feel that "Sirens'" is stronger and more in depth musically, but we'll see if that changes in a few months when the new-ness wears off. Expand
  7. Sean
    May 4, 2005
    This is the worst thing they have ever done!

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