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.