|1. Age Of Consent|
|2. We All Stand|
|3. The Village|
|5. Your Silent Face|
|8. Leave Me Alone|
While the vocal ability of the singer is questionable, even with the heavy straining in Age of Consent, the songs are very appealing. I especially love The Village, Blue Monday, and Ecstasy. This record is one of the best of the 1980s. It stands head and shoulders above most other New Order records (especially Brotherhood), although Technique is pretty good.
The only sore spot on the CD is "The Beach" - which wasn't on the LP I gather. It doesn't belong on the CD - at least not without a big "empty space" between it and the true last song.
Part of what makes the album work is the use of minor keys. "Age of Consent" and "Leave Me Alone" are composed in minor, giving them that wistful, fleeting sense of lose that seems to be the best way to evoke melancholia in music.
Since this album was initially released on vinyl, it's no surprise the cover artwork is often mentioned. For those who have eyes to see it, the cover design tells you this is an album that takes its cues as much from art as from pop. It holds up remarkable well as a testament to the different - and higher - directions music took before the complete collapse of the industry into mindless irrelevance.