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  • Summary: The tenth full-length studio release for the British dance rock band features guest appearances from Brandon Flowers, Elly Jackson of La Roux, and Iggy Pop.
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Singularity
Winter came so soon And summer never happened We're players on a stage With roles already scripted We're working for a wage We're living for today On... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 91
    Because it’s loaded with guests, there’s a transparent curatorial awareness to Music Complete, one that’s surprisingly engaging and effective.
  2. Sep 24, 2015
    80
    Music Complete still feels like the freshest thing they’ve done in ages.
  3. Sep 28, 2015
    80
    This overflows with ideas and intricate synth patterns while maintaining the emotional resonance of the band’s best work.
  4. Sep 25, 2015
    75
    Though it’s been said about each of their few-and-far-between albums, it’s actually safe to call Music Complete a comeback.
  5. Sep 22, 2015
    72
    Music Complete certainly doesn’t do anything to diminish New Order’s formidable legacy, but it doesn’t necessarily expand upon it either. That being said, it still sounds like classic New Order.
  6. Sep 21, 2015
    70
    There is a spirit of adventure and experimentation in the album that is commendable.
  7. Sep 25, 2015
    40
    Not only safe, Music Complete serves to dilute New Order’s output.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Sep 26, 2015
    10
    Instantly addictive; the most consistent New Order record in decades. Tight as Technique, dark as Movement, heavy as Get Ready. For a 35 y/o band, WOW
  2. Oct 19, 2015
    10
    An amazingly good return by the most iconic and influential British band of the 1980's. Start to finish it oozes class and top trackAn amazingly good return by the most iconic and influential British band of the 1980's. Start to finish it oozes class and top track Singularity manages to condense every element of the band's history and pre-history as Joy Division into just five minutes. Brandon Flowers gets the opportunity to work with his heroes on closing track Superheated and adds something different. Tutti Frutti is just pure fun and Nothing But A Fool touches on the guitar based works of 21st century New Order while surpassing them. Unlearn This Hatred is also awesome and quite, quite mad. The addition of strings by Mancunian New Order fan Joe Duddell and the Manchester Camerata just takes the band to a new musical level and far from missing the legendary bass player Peter Hook, they are actually now thriving without him and able to move on to a new fresh sound. Expand
  3. Nov 8, 2015
    10
    Hell freezes over shocker. As someone who honestly thought New Order were finished after the limp "Sirens" 10 bloody years ago, the idea of aHell freezes over shocker. As someone who honestly thought New Order were finished after the limp "Sirens" 10 bloody years ago, the idea of a new New Order was about as welcome as watching poor Peter Hook's Joy Division tribute act. Hooky leaving the band was pretty much the final nail for these coffin dodgers so why the hell care anyway, especially since New Order hadn't really made a truly great album since Technique in 1989? Cut to the chase, Music Complete can sit very comfortably alongside their very best work. A bold statement I know, but I would easily rank this alongside Power Corruption and Lies and Low-Life and of course their sublime Technique. It is that good, oh and it's also one of the best albums of the year. There are so many stunning tunes here, Plastic and Tutti Frutti (Fine Time part 2) being the standouts for me, but the gems keep on coming; People on the High Line (which is like some dirty mutant Happy Monday's and Chic mash up), Singularity (with an opening Joy Division-ish bass line that Peter Hook will be **** blood over) and Superheated, in which Brandon Flowers finally gets his wish to finally sing on a New Order record, and it's just simply gorgeous. So here's proof that good things sometimes do come to those who wait. Expand
  4. May 26, 2017
    9
    One of Best Albums In Recent Years!!!!

    The best New Order album since Technique (1989) So Fresh deserve Universal Acclaim for critics
    One of Best Albums In Recent Years!!!!

    The best New Order album since Technique (1989)

    So Fresh deserve Universal Acclaim for critics more than 81%

    Highlighted Songs: Singularity, Tutti Frutti, Academic, Nothing But A Fool, Restless, People On The High Line, Unlearn This Hatred, Superheated & The Game

    Low Point: Stray Dog
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  5. Oct 15, 2015
    9
    This was a breath of fresh air for me. I find this LP to be strong from both ends. Its a great blend of Joy Division and New Order. As a DJThis was a breath of fresh air for me. I find this LP to be strong from both ends. Its a great blend of Joy Division and New Order. As a DJ in a major city, it great to see young people dancing to a old band that sounds like it new and fresh. Thanks guys!!!!!!!

    Bill Kody
    Shoreline DJ
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  6. Oct 7, 2017
    9
    Awesome!!!!! Comeback in excellence. This must be the best New Order album since Technique (1989),

    Strong impact & Melodies Tutti Frutti &
    Awesome!!!!! Comeback in excellence. This must be the best New Order album since Technique (1989),

    Strong impact & Melodies Tutti Frutti & Singularity are instant classics Academic one of best rock songs from NO, Restless is superb People on the high line, Unlearn this hatred are dance hits too, Nothing But a fool what beautiful track. and Superheated finish the album with gold key
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  7. Apr 1, 2016
    6
    Decent return for New Order. Not as good as Power, Corruption and Lies, Brotherhood, Technique or Lowlife but those are all fantastic albums.Decent return for New Order. Not as good as Power, Corruption and Lies, Brotherhood, Technique or Lowlife but those are all fantastic albums. The vocals overall are pretty good and songwriting is still a strong point for sure. "Plastic" and "Singularity" are definitely my favorite tracks from this record. Then songs like "Stray Dog" and "Tutti Frutti" I could have done without. It's an okay album but nothing spectacular. Expand

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