Tea with the devil
Peter N. Brown | Tucson, AZ United States | 03/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thirty years and counting, and never a dull moment. New Order's simplistic lyrics may not be everybody's cup of tea, but those lyrics have a mile-wide streak of wryness and bone-dry wit that easily whizzes over the head of some. Hooky's bass, as usual, powers the whole thing along, and it's utterly astonishing that a bunch of 50-year-olds are still writing songs about falling in love and taking drugs, and making you feel like you're in love or on drugs when you hear those songs. This is a deep and emotional album, shot through with hard-core existentialism and a pop sensibility that is only possible to achieve after 30 years of breaking the mold. Personally, I have loved this band (and, of course, Joy Division) ever since I was a boy in the 1970s. "Get Ready" shows absolutely no signs of tiredness, jadedness, repetetiveness, and is the work of a band fully at the peak of its game."