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Low-life [Import]

New Order Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. Love Vigilantes
2. The Perfect Kiss
3. This Time Of Night
4. Sunrise
5. Elegia
6. Sooner Than You Think
7. Sub-Culture
8. Face Up

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Call it ironic, but 1985's Low-Life marked a high point for the band; it's widely considered to be the album that completed their transition from post-punk to dance rock. Includes the regular and extended versions of the single The Perfect Kiss plus This Time of Night; Sunrise; Elegia; Face Up; Sub-Culture; Sooner Than You Think , and Love Vigilantes . Bonus disc features 8 tracks totaling more than an hour of music!


With the 1985 release of Low Life, New Order put forth their most commercially accessible effort to date. While some of the dark-wave drippings of their Joy Division roots are evident, high energy progressions, which would carry them for years to come, began to emerge here. Hits like "Perfect Kiss" and "Sub-Culture," with their synth hooks, club-stomping accents, and visceral lyrics, helped bridge the gap for growing synth-pop audiences who bolstered their success. Other refined techniques on the album became standard New Order conventions: sweeping analogue rolls, live and sequenced drum percussion, tight bass melodies, and edgy guitar leads. Sustained by a peerless level of emotional involvement, the vocals and lyrics further entice the listener with the obliquely nuanced style of Bernard Sumner. Standing the test of time, this release is a must-have in order to understand the origins of introspective pop-wave culture. --Lucas Hilbert

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5.0 out of 5 stars Their high point Feb. 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that best strikes the balance between what they once were and what they were to become. They still remembered their beginnings while breaking new ground. Dance and club beats aside, listen to elegia and tell me that it isn't a powerful piece of music.
I just wish they'd come out with a remastered CD. The original I've had since 86 pales to the UK vinyl... come on, guys. Break out the master tapes and show us what's really there. We deserve it after all these years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy on the ear April 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Synth/Rock/Dance Album Feb. 24 2004
By andy
Format:Audio CD
Gotta Love this album! It never gets old for me.
It's a Great combination of Rock with Synthesizers. I think all Songs/Compositions here are Very Good with nice Melody Hooks, but if I had to pick my favorites, they would have to be the Dangerously Catchy Pop/Rock song "Love Vigilantes" and the Synth Marvel "Sub Culture"; the Synth melody in the beginning of "Sub Culture" is just Awesome, it's a True SynthPop classic!
But then again, as I said all songs here are Great, with very Memorable Melodies, and Great sound arrangements. The only problem is that there are only 8 tunes, but hey that just means you can listen to this album more times! Great Rock, Great Synth, and Great Vocals of Bernard Sumner. There is also a very Melodic Instrumental called "Elegia". It's Beautiful!
This album is a Great Addition to Any CD Collection, doesn't matter whether it's Dance, Rock, or Synth that you like... or just Quality Pop. It has so Much to offer!
Thank You
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of the End July 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
For the first time in their 8 year career (at this point) the lads released a mixed bag of success. Whenever I hear this album I am reminded of the downward spiral the band would take into bland, over-produced pop mediocrity from here out. Don't get me wrong their are a couple good songs here. "This Time Of Night" is wonderfully dark and beautiful and seems to be a hold over from earlier days. "Elegia" an instrumental, can be hauntingly pretty at times. Personally I have always kinda liked the song "Face Up" and it is much in the same vein as say "The Village" from Power, Corruption and Lies. However, the rest of the album is watered down and frequently tedious, spiked with brief moments of musical inspiration. Indeed one can trace the exponentially increasing sappiness of Bernard's vocals from here on out, album after album, to eventual utter annoyance.

Yes I did grow up worshipping Joy Division and that style of sound the band was working. But unlike some of the other older fans I also felt the band continued to produce mostly interesting material after Ian's passing. At least til this point. But like all good things...well you know. If you are an avid fan pick this up for the few good ones. What do I know, maybe you'll love it. Otherwise stick to Movement, Power, Corruption and Lies or the Everything's Gone Green EP if you can find it. And of course any Joy Division.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven - doesn't match Power Corruption and Lies Feb. 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
While this record is worth having for New Order fans because it has a few good songs, some of the songs are quite awful. Sub-Culture is very good - more honest than the slicker Substance version, Elegia is great (unless you hate all-synth stuff), and the Perfect Kiss is OK (although I still loathe the "pleasure zone" lyric after all these years). Some of the songs are practically unlistenable. I've had this on CD for years and I can't even remember the names of those songs - because I couldn't listen to them despite trying.
Love Vigilantes is an over-ripe sentimental track with strained vocals. The Smiths might have been able to do it. Yet, it's not nearly among the worst songs on the record. At least the music is pretty good on that track (although obnoxious).
The cover art and album title are also inferior.
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