It’d be a shame if this was really the original New Order’s last word
As the sad spat between New Order’s founder members drags itself ever further down, you’d hope this companion to 2005’s ‘Waiting For The Sirens’ Call’ (originally planned as a double album) might give them pause to remember what they can do together. It’s safe to say ‘…Sirens’ Call’ itself, while it has its moments, is no-one’s favourite New Order album, and while these songs aren’t really outtakes, the moments here are fewer. ‘It’ll Stay With You’ is a strong start, classically chiming alt.rock in a ‘Crystal’ vein, with a vital spark that’s lacking elsewhere. The disco silliness of ‘Sugarcane’ is cheesy as hell, but when the spirit is with them, they’ve made dafter songs sound like seeing the face of god. ‘Shake It Up’ cracks out some old-school NO beats and a ‘Confusion’-daft refrain, but it all feels a bit superfluous. Completists can tick a box, but it’d be a shame if this was really the original New Order’s last word.