This, I think, is New Order's formation, when they actually gel as a group, and one of their best albums. It's polished. From the first track (and especially on the first track), the sound is lush and seamless. Lyrically, it still delivers the occasional cringe-worthy line (breaking the meter to rhyme 'reasonable' with 'seasonable'), but the lyrical _pretensions_ aren't as great as their earlier material; these are simpler sentiments. Take the chorus of 'Love Vigilantes:' "I want to see / my family / my wife and child / waiting for me / I want to go home, I've been so alone, you see..." It's not classical poetry, but it gets the point across. 'Love Vigilantes' and 'Face Up' are very robust and energetic; the instrumental, 'Elegia,' provides a delicate contrast. The only track which really seems like filler, and which I tend to skip, is 'Sunrise.' 'This Time of Night' and 'Sooner Than You Think' may seem like filler at first, with subtle music and simple lyrics, but both were growers for me. 'Subculture' is my favorite on the album and one of my favorites in general, a fantastically strong closer - even though it's the penultimate track, it gives an incredible sense of finality and despair, with a backing of electronic organ which should sound dated (my first was thought was 'video game soundtrack') but sounds terrific. As for 'The Perfect Kiss,' I would have listed it as a standout; having heard the single mix, though, ruined it for me, as this version pales before the single as a lump of coal before a diamond.