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Technique [Import]

New Order Audio CD
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Technique is New Order's most fully realized dance album. Although other New Order albums have been mighty danceable, this recording contains a masterful use of the acid-house trends storming the club scene in 1989, when this album was released. New Order embraced the technology that was available at the time but never substituted brilliant song structures with prefabricated formats that sequencers, samplers, and other high-tech noisemakers can easily provide. They intelligently used these devices to incorporate elements of a broader genre beyond the "New Order sound," proving that even while experimenting with musical trends and other fleeting diversions, this accomplished group is capable of pulling off a genre-defining album without ever losing sight of their own identity. --Beth Bessmer

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Their first record to reach #1 in the UK! Partly recorded on the island of Ibiza, the fifth effort from this synth-savvy group incorporates elements of Balearic rhythms and acid house into their electropop sound. Includes the single Fine Time plus All the Way; Love Less; Round & Round; Run , and more. Bonus disc features 9 bonus tracks of b-sides, remixes and rarities such as the 12" version of Round & Round and an instrumental take on Vanishing Point !

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Dec 10 2007
Format:Audio CD
I feel forced to write a review of this magnificent album as a response to the perplexing review that B.Viberg wrote. Visage? Dear God they were pitiful. "Technique" was typical of New Order's ability to lead in the genre that they ruled in for so long. Fine Time was soaked in the influence of the time, NME, in their review of the album when released, described the ambient noises in Fine Time as "the sound of Christ applauding their genius". Bernard Sumner as well as being unsung as a guitarist is also a great producer and utilizer of technology. Technique stands as the last great New Order album, a mixture of amazing cutting edge (at the time) beats and top notch pop tunes. New Order came from the remnants of one of the greatest bands of all time, Joy Division, they made the music of that band and they pioneered dance music, they did it all with an impeccable cool . This album was the end of an era, Factory was soon to be no more and New Order never captured that brilliance again, listening to it today, 17 years on it still sounds fresh and beautifully recorded. Arguably their best album.
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Exactly as described….great sound! I loved the original release and was ecstatic on the special remastered edition. New Order is part of a handful of bands that brought electronic dance to the status it is today.
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3.0 out of 5 stars And the Beat Goes On Feb. 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
Pherhaps New Order`s more upbeat and danceable album, "Technique" stands as a good piece of late eighties pop. It shows that they were poignant percursors of the dance scene, delivering innovative and catchy songs that still have their appeal even if some years have passed already. It`s a dated record, sure, as one can easily identify the time period it came out, yet most of the songs are strong and still carry some freshness. The first track, "Fine Time", is a dazzling and addictive dance number, proving the band`s creativity and talent.
Bernard Summers` vocals are, as usual, one of the highpoints, making a perfect combination with the electronic-oriented soundscapes. Although it`s a worthwile record, "Technique" has a couple of moments that seem a bit too samey, so some diversity would be welcome.
A solid musical experience, nonetheless, and a fine effort from the MADchester dance scene.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Technique June 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
Technique~ New Order. Many people will say that I must have lost my mind. How can I like Visage, Depeche Mode and other 80's bands and not like New Order. The answer is quite simple. New Order, should have been called Self Love. They are a group semi tallent musicians that play prententious and often irritating music that sucks the life out of the listener. I hated this album and this supposed to be one of their better ones.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, Technique... March 10 2005
By hannibalsmith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There's an awful lot of people out there who share my opinion that this is New Order's finest album, and with good reason. Technique is consistently superb from the first notes of Fine Time through the final fade out of Dream Attack. Its the soundtrack to that summer you've always dreamed of - basking on a sun soaked beach while the warm wind washes over you.

Fine Time starts things out - a slightly strange housy song that is none the less very catchy. "You're much too young - to be a part of me / You're much too young - to mess around with me" Mix in Barry White style deep vocals, Peter Hook's awe inspiring melodic bass, and even sheep sounds, and you've got a winning track that could only have come from New Order. 7.5 / 10

Next up is All The Way - New Order at their most upbeat and a tour de force of song writing prowess. Primarily an acoustic guitar driven number, with a touch of synths, Hook's bass and a very upbeat chorus - "It takes years to find the nerve to be apart from what you've done - to find the truth inside yourself and not depend on anyone". 9/10

The third track, Love Less, kicks things into a slightly lower gear following the high of All The Way. Again, guitar and bass driven, but more downtempo in a way that conveys melancholy without sounding sad as only New Order can. "Can't you see, why don't you look at me? Its not your right to be, so much my enemy..." 8.5 / 10

The most recognizable track on the album is the single Round & Round - simply a terrific track but probably the one track that might not fit in with the others on the album. Pop bliss, with bouncing, bubbly synth work meshing perfectly with Hooky's basslines and some of Bernard's most inspired lyrics. "I don't care about what you do, because if you mess with me I'll get rid of you." and "The picture you see is no portrait of me. Its to real to be shown to someone I don't know." Probably New Order's most overlooked single and one that should have had more chart success than it did. Simply sublime. 9.5 / 10

Guilty Partner takes us past the half way point of the album. Another slightly down tempo track, helping us to catch our breath after the high of Round & Round, subtly driven by Hooky's rather mellow bass playing, building to a gorgeous synth-line crescendo. "I'm not some kind of foolish lover, I couldn't take this from no other! You're not being cruel to me, cause I always know that you'll come back to me..." 8.5 / 10

Run - Starts to ratchet the tempo back up ever so slightly. New Order with an edge. "What the *hell* is happening?" Bernard asks. "I can't think of everything. I don't know what day it is, or who I'm talking to..." 8.5 / 10

Mr. Disco takes us into Technique's fantastic home stretch. "How can I ever forget you? You don't know, just what I've been through..." it starts, as the synths swirl in, out, and around Hooky's bass. "I can't find my piece of mind because I need you with me all of the time..." Orchestra hits and gorgeous synth work round things out. 9/10

Vanishing Point - One of New Order's true masterpieces, and personally one of my top 10 songs of all time. Heavily synth based with a touch of Hooky's bass, the lyrics are once again powerful and raw: "Grow up children, don't you suffer - at the hands of one another" - "My life ain't no holiday, I've been through the point of no return". A truely lush track that could never receive enough accolades. 10 / 10

Dream Attack - Technique closes out with a track that just oozes massive quantities of pure bliss. Guitar and drum based, Hooky's bass in a more traditional role, with electric pianos and synths thrown in for good measure. Things start out with a perfect opening verse "Nothing in this world could touch the music that I heard when I woke up this morning". But the song contains a completely perfect moment shortly thereafter as it hits a piano break with a simply gorgeously stunning melody. Again, one of my personal top 10 tracks of all time. 10 / 10
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1.0 out of 5 stars New Order's Best Album - The mastering is awful Nov. 12 2008
By B. Weeks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Just a warning to those who are thinking about buying this. The mastering of the original disc is "ok" at best, but the bonus CD is terrible. Half the songs are mastered from Vinyl and you can very easily hear pops and skips and dropouts, etc.. Even Peter Hook has responded to all the complaints that he will do his best to get these fixed. Warner's doesn't seem to care since they had a couple of months to fix this issue since the UK release. If all you want is Technique remastered, then buy it used. The package is terrible, the liner notes are terrible (there are misspellings, wrong dates, and the insert is completely white with only black text.)

BTW this doesnt just apply to Technique. ALL the remasters have the same issues....
55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Loaded with errors Nov. 12 2008
By paul - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The MUSIC on these New Order reissues get a 5/5, easily. However, there were far too many egregious mistakes made in the creation of the discs themselves to give them a pass. Only the first discs were re-mastered though they still have some problems, it is the bonus discs that are an absolute mess.

Warner Music/Rhino know about these problems, but there is yet no word on any forthcoming fixes. So I'd hold off until these issues are addressed.

Noted below are the specific problems with the Technique reissue:

1, Fine Time
2, All the way
3, love less (click at 0:04 - unconfirmed)
4, Round and round
5, Guilty partner
6, Run
7, Mr disco
8, vanishing point
9, Dream attack
"Sleeve notes full of errors" "Did anyone proof read these?"
- bonus disc
1, Don't do it - Clicks and pops at 0:08, 0:18, 0:35, 0:40, 1:00, 2:25, 2:27, 3:01, 3:05, 3:07, 3:32, 4:12, 4:17, and 4:19. (a skip near the beginning of the track)
2, Fine line - A myriad of crackles and "jumps"
3, Round and round (dubious sound quality, clicks, pops and digital glitches. "4 pops/irregular static within the first 20 seconds". Problems at 0:05, 0:07, 0:10, 0:16, 0:28, 0:32, 0:36, 0:41, 0:48, 0:52, 0:54, 0:56, 0:59, 1:05, 1:30, 1:39, 2:28, 2:30, 2:32, 2:41, 2:43, 2:52, 3:03, 3:15, 4:19, 5:18, 5:34, 6:32, and 6:34.
4, Best and marsh (dubious sound quality)
5, Run 2 - Plays the extended version (not listed as such). Sound quality suggests it was "mastered" from vinyl. Clicks and pops at: 0:03, 0:10, 0:17, 0:24, 0:38, 0:41, 0:45, 0:50, 1:02, 1:13, 1:40, 2:02, 2:39, 3:10, 3:58, 4:05, 4:12, 4:15, 4:29, 4:42, 4:56, and 5:10.
6, MTO - Plays the "minus mix" (not listed as such)
7, Fine time (silk mix) (dubious sound quality)
8, Vanishing point (instrumental) (dubious sound quality)
9, world in motion (carabinieri mix)- Listed as "cabinieri". Sound quality suggests it was "mastered" from vinyl

Overall, "Be aware that the mastering here is horrible. There are audible pops and snaps on some of the bonus disc music indicating it was ripped directly from vinyl and NEVER cleaned up. You can get better bootleg MP3s than this mess."
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Order's Best Album Dec 22 2004
By Chill0ut1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
New Order had some great albums in the beginning with Power,Corruption and Lies - Lowlife - and Brotherhood, etc, but they were always forging their own way with the childlike guitar playing of Bernard Sumner (per Johnny Marr) and the meandering bass lines of Peter Hook, were always kept in line with the original drums (not drum machines in the beginning) and catchy synth loops - I still love the synthesized croaking frogs on "Thieves Like Us".

1989 was a great year in music. The eighties saw the most different types of new music one could ever dream of, and what better way to finish off the decade than with a masterpiece; Technique - says it all. This is not an album to skip around from track to track looking for a single - the entire album is brilliant from start to finish - which is how it should be listened to. I remember seeing the Technique concert in San Diego, and New Order headlined for the following bands: De La Soul, Sugarcubes, and Public Image Limited. What a show!

Other great albums from that very same year of 1989:

PIL - 9

10000 Maniacs - Blind Man's Zoo

Jimmy Cliff - Cliff Hanger

Pixies - Doolittle

The Cure - Disintegration

The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

XTC - Oranges & Lemons

Peter Murphy - Deep

The Cult - Sonic Temple

They Might Be Giants - Lincoln

The The - Mind Bomb

Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine

Love and Rockets - Love & Rockets

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Mother's Milk

Depeche Mode - 101 Live

De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising

Sugarcubes - Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week!

Soul II Soul - Club Classics Vol. 1/Keep On Movin'

I'd be lucky to be able to think of this many good albums from all of the 90's combined.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the message Aug. 21 2003
By GZA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
`Technique' is a phenomenal record by a phenomenal band. Eight years and four albums after rising from the ashes of the doom-laden Joy Division, New Order had evolved to create the best electronic rock crossover album that I can think of. Recorded in Ibiza, but charting the disintegration of a relationship, the album is a curious contradiction of infectious beats and wistful lyrics that nevertheless works brilliantly. From the bass-heavy dancefloor sleaze - with a nod to Barry White - of 'Fine Time' through to the euphoric menace of 'Dream Attack', `Technique' is an immaculately cohesive whole with very few weak points - only `Guilty Partner' seems surplus to requirements. All the trademark New Order idiosyncracies are here, Peter Hook's inimitable bass, Bernard Sumner's winsome vocals and a glorious collage of beats, synths and guitars. The highpoint of the album comes with `Run', a gorgeous, acoustic-driven jangle shot through with ragged bursts of electric guitar and ethereal synth. From then on in, `Technique's attack is relentless, the excellent `Mr Disco' and `Vanishing Point' paving the way for the epic closer `Dream Attack'. `Substance' may have all the hits on it, but for 45 minutes of sustained New Order brilliance, no other album can live with `Technique'. Get the message.
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