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Technique Import

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  • Audio CD (July 4 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B0009EP05W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of this 1989 album from the Manchester quartet, one of the most successful and consistent bands of the '80s and beyond. After the suicide of vocalist, Ian Curtis, the three surviving members of Joy Division regrouped under the band name New Order, adding Gillian Gilbert on keyboards. The rest, as they say, is history. Disc One in this package contains the original album in its digitally remastered glory. Disc Two is filled with nine non-album singles, B-sides and remixes. This is as great as it gets! Rhino UK. 2008.

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, Technique... March 10 2005
By hannibalsmith - Published on
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Technique June 23 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Of all the "New Order" albums that have been released, this has to be my favorite...from acoustics... To dance.. tecno.. it's very fun album to listen too.. Might be their best album they have ever put out...
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1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing Feb. 1 2006
By the Lost Lenore - Published on
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I bought this CD because it got a lot of good reviews, and the description sounded like something I would enjoy. However, it turned out to be an atrocious CD. It is very repetitive and monotonous throughout. The songs pretty much all sound the same. There's little melodic variation, and the vocals have basically no range. The lyrics are extremely uninspired. I'm glad I bought this used at a cheap price. I don't know if I'm going to give it away or just throw it away; it's that bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Corrected version on Amazon July 9 2011
By Captain Vegetable - Published on
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I ordered all five of these remasters from Amazon in July 2011. I received the 2009 corrected versions of Movement, PCL and Technique. Brotherhood and Low-Life both are the older versions with the messy second disc. I am returning those two. People say you can tell the older pressings by two external signs:

1) The older pressings have the plastic "Collectors Edition" sleeve on the outside, and the newer pressings don't.
2) The newer pressings have a second book inside with details on all five remastered albums and the older ones don't.

This is actually a little bit misleading as the "Low-Life" I received did not have the plastic sleeve and did have the second booklet. So, I assumed it was the corrected version. But the second disc is obviously the flawed version with glaring glitches and pops throughout.

Perhaps Rhino is recycling all of the defective discs that have been returned to them, hoping less informed buyers won't notice. At any rate, be wary. They should have recalled the bad copies from retailers back in 2009.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Technique? Feb. 2 2009
By Ralph Quirino - Published on
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First, a big, huge thanks to Paul for the heads up on the mastering. I had the chance to buy the November 2008 Collector's Edition of Technique and did so without having read the reviews here firsthand. I played both discs on my home theater system, in my car (I listen to music very loud while I'm on the road) and on my home computer. The first disc is flawless. Not a bum note or remastering issue to be found. The booklet (mine anyway) is flawless too. Apart from the "cabinieri" vs. "carabinieri" misword, no typos to be found in the liner notes. The bonus disc, for me, was fine though not without problems. That said, I tried to listen to find all of Paul's "pops" and "clicks" at the times listed and found a few, though not everything he listed. I believe Paul when he says it's not what he expected. I don't doubt his impatience at finding all these audible potholes. However, in all honesty, this didn't seem half the problem he made it out to be. It in no way distracted me from enjoying the bonus material. And, frankly, that's probably why a fair amound of these mixes and demos are left unreleased. Yes, hardcore devotees may wish to wait for Warner/Rhino to "fix" the problem. But to these ears (and I've had Technique on CD since it first came out), I found nothing massively wrong here. yep, the bonus discs could have been clearer. But, really, given the nature of 12" recordings and "work" tapes, is anyone really surprised by the sound on the bonus material?