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Brotherhood Import

3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002LAP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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1. Paradise
2. Wierdo
3. As It Is When It Was
4. Broken Promise
5. Way Of Life
6. Bizarre Love Triangle
7. All Day Long
8. Angel Dust
9. Every Little Counts

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Though they were, by now, highly adept at integrating synth and guitars on the same song, this 1986 release divided the approaches across clear lines. The breakout U.S. single Bizarre Love Triangle joins Angel Dust; All Day Long; Every Little Counts; Way of Life ; bonus tracks include 12" versions of Bizarre Love Triangle; 1963; True Faith , and Touched by the Hand of God , as well as a new version of Blue Monday .

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Format: Audio CD
This album tends to get maligned, I think, and with good reason. Offset by two very strong singles, Paradise and Bizzare Love Triangle, the lyrically-dull guitar tracks which make up a good deal of the album seem like rank filler. 'As It Was When It Was' tries for a delicate sound, but the lyrics are too horrible to stomach. 'All Day Long' has a similiar problem, made worse because it tries to tackle the subject of child abuse with its second-(or third, of fourth)-rate poetry. The only non-single song which I liked at first listen was 'Angel Dust,' a very intense three minutes with better-than-average lyrics and a strangely effective Middle-Eastern theme. As for the other songs, though, beginning with the two very similiar rock songs, 'Way of Life' and 'Broken Promise' (which I always mix up because the titles have very little relation to lyrics which make little sense), I tried to give the album a second chance. In the end, I think, it does have some value; the loud, clean sound on 'Weirdo' and 'Way of Life/Broken Promise' is uplifting, and the two singles plus Angel Dust count for a lot ('Bizzare Love Triangle' does suffer from a particularly bad case of singlitis; anyone who's heard the single mix on Substance will lose a lot of esteem for this trimmed version). As for the final track, I just don't know what to do with that. "Every second counts / when I am with you / I think you are a pig / you should be in a zoo"-and then he breaks down laughing. Yes, with the tapes running. Benefit of the doubt; I'll chalk it up to clever self-satire.
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I love some New Order records. Movement. Power Corruption and Lies. Technique is good. Substance is pretty good.
My advice is pick any of the above. If you're a really mainstream person who listens to Paula Abdul, get Substance or possibly Technique. If you like the Cure, try the first two. Power Corruption and Lies is probably the definitive New Order record. Movement is in its own genre.
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the best new order album, in the middle of the 80's, 80's rules!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4776edc) out of 5 stars 53 reviews
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40a2eac) out of 5 stars Every track is great Oct. 27 2001
By Ivan Drucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on vinyl the day it was released (September 1986), and it still remains fresh to my ears. It is relentlessly inventive, energetic, emotional, and original. And, being New Order, it's obtuse yet accessible all at once. Though it's an almost impossible decision, I might actually call this their best album, if only for sheer consistency of excellence and depth of ideas -- I've never understood why Brotherhood is usually slagged, even by the band themselves. (This is from someone who can sing from memory most New Order and Joy Division songs.) Previous reviewers are right when they say it's a more rock-oriented album than Substance -- at least side one. But to me, New Order were never anything but a rock band wrote songs that happened to be danceable, and Brotherhood keeps with the tradition of blending the electronic and acoustic that has marked every one of their albums (except, perhaps, Republic). Every track is rich, warm, and intense -- the production (by the band) is perfect, with every sound exactly as it needs to be. It's more for listening than for dancing, but it's hard not to move -- or be moved. The wistfulness, mystery, and feeling in the lyrics is both inspiring and disarming, and the music speaks just as loudly. In my opinion, this was their last truly brilliant album (the retrospectives don't count, Technique is not quite to the same level, Republic is forgettable, and Get Ready is quite good but marred by weak lyrics), and I expect to still be listening to it in another 15 years. I wish I could say the same for the side projects, which just don't have the magic for me -- they are so good as a band, and have such a distinct sound, that it's just not all there when they are working apart from each other. Brotherhood and the albums that preceded it are everlasting.
54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa45d121c) 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 Brotherhood reissue:

1, Paradise
2, weirdo
3, As it is when it was
4, Broken promise
5, Way of life
6, Bizarre love triangle
7, All day long
8, Angel dust
9, Every little counts
10, State of the nation

Brotherhood - bonus disc
1, Bizarre love triangle (shep pettibone remix)
2, 1963 - Clicks at 0:04, 0:25, 0:28, 0:30, 0:39, 0:46, 0:55, 1:14, 1:37, 1:56, 2:03, 2:07, 2:14, 2:42, 3:07, 3:29, 3:40, 3:54, 4:25, 4:32, 4:34, 4:40, 4:55, 5:00, 5:16, and 5:25. "Stutter" at 3:36. In addition, "the track has a lot of clipping"
3, True Faith (shep pettibone remix)
4, Touched by the hand of god - Dubious sound quality, clicks, pops and digital glitches at: 0:08, 0:13, 0:15, 0:23, 0:29, 0:39, 6:53, 6:58, and 7:00.
5, Blue Monday `88
6, Evil dust - "sounds like it was recorded directly from vinyl", "crackles or some sort of skip at the start"
7, True Dub - Not what it says: plays a 1994 Tall Paul "eschreamer dubbier" remix
8, beach buggy - Not what it says: plays Blue Monday 1988 (dub version)
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3eeb618) out of 5 stars "That's the only thing about it..." Feb. 7 2002
By Matt Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is New Order's most experimental album, and arguably one of their best. I'm not sure why its never mentioned along with albums like PC&L's and Low-Life. This may sound unpopular, but I truly believe its superior to either of those efforts. Both side one and side two have their own distinctive yet coherent sound. I will admit that "Paradise" is not as strong as an opener as "Love Vigilantes" or even "Age of Consent", but the tracks "Weirdo" and "Way of Life" are simply lovely and upbeat pop songs. "BLT" needs no discussion. "All Day Long" has an extremely off-the-wall contrast between the music and the lyrics (which are very good-child abuse), but it doesn't end up ruining this highly uplifting piece, which resolves itself with a lengthy instrumental exchange that is one of the band's finest moments. Finally, "Every Second Counts" reminds us that while New Order is passionate about what they do, they still have a sense of humor that can coexist with all the beauty. The song begins with a Lou Reedish tempo, but concludes sounding much more like the chaotic ending of the Beatles "A Day in the Life." Personally, I think its second only to Technique.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa420b45c) out of 5 stars New Order's most experimental album June 28 2000
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Don't buy "Brotherhood," for the dance rock classic "Bizarre Love Triangle." The version on this album is radically different than the one that dominated the club scene in the late 80s and early 90s (for that version, you want the album "Substance"). This is the album where New Order decided to stretch their songwriting abilities to the maximum. When the succeed, (like on the utterly amazing but truly downcast "All Day Long") the effect is mezmerizing. This is an inconsistent set of songs that has more high points than low. However, it is most definately NOT the New Order of the dance floor.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa45d0eb8) out of 5 stars Brotherhood, among New Order's finest hours July 20 2012
By JG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To each his own, but I'd seriously question the knowledge of any putative New Order fan who would tell you that there is consensus among fans that Movement is the group's weakest album, as another reviewer had posited. Movement is a dark, brooding, desperate record that resonates all these years later almost as well as Joy Division's two albums. From my experience communicating with other New Order followers over the many years, Movement is widely regarded as a vital and significant achievement. It isn't laden with "hits", and I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as a starting point for the uninitiated, but Movement is a tremendous album and important historical milepost.

But we're talking about Brotherhood here, which I feel is one of the group's finest contributions. In many ways it is quite a daring album. At a time when the band could have delivered a slick, commercial record, instead they assembled a collection of songs that possess a level of depth (both lyrically and sonically) that you won't always find in other areas of their repertoire. Contrast the many layers that Brotherhood has to offer with Low-Life, in my opinion truly their weakest hour, an album plagued by too many throwaway compositions and a general lack of cohesion. On Brotherhood, New Order is skillfully bridging the gap between their guitar-oriented past and synth-infused future. This album has a lot to offer and is a great starting point for new fans.