I went through my teen years in the 80's, at the height of New Order's (at least, American) popularity and commercial success. I always knew and liked New Order, even owned a few of their CD's (we called them "records" then). I recognized then that they stood apart from the other techno/synth bands for some reason, but never really appreciated the music until rediscovering the band with "Get Ready". I can't praise this CD enough. The most impressive thing about "Get Ready" is how modern the music sounds while not departing too much from the music they've recorded in the past. Somehow they've managed to continue to write and play songs in a similar style through the years, yet the music remains new. The strange thing about this band is that, on paper, they don't look good (at least, in my mind). The combination of (largely) computer and electronically generated music, a weak voiced singer (no offense, guy) and apparently simple lyrics shouldn't work, but it does. I once read that Bernard Sumner believes that there is something spiritual about New Order and I believe he must be correct. A few gems from "Get Ready" - "Crystal" is the best of New Order, the lyrics and music beautifully capture a kind of defiant vulnerabilty; the song has energy to burn. "Slow Jam" is full of energy, wit and unbridled joy (so refreshing to hear lyrics like "I don't want the world to change"). Finally, "Vicious Streak", while it sounds deceptively simple, both musically and lyrically on first listen, that GD song is addictive. If it were as simple as it initially seems, I know I could not listen to it repeatedly. In any case, if you were a New Order dilettante in the 80's, pick up "Get Ready" now and rediscover New Order as the extraordinary band that they are.