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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
New Order
Waiting for the Siren's Call
Warner Brothers

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


June 24, 2005
New Order was one of those supposed 'they can sing the telephone book' bands until Republic came out. Not all their songs were great up to that point, to be sure, and live they were no great shakes but the records were good. It also should be mentioned that while New Order is worthy, they should not under any circumstances issue any more compilations until some necessary new technology completely replaces the CD.

If otherwise not the most prolific of bands (unless you want to tally up all the remixes people have done over the years and the mostly bullshit side projects - the sort that thankfully took the less-inspired duff tracks off of the mothership's releases) - Get Ready dropped with time and was nice, like watching an old John Hughes movie on a nostalgic afternoon. The sound was there and the lyrics were typically spotty, but it was a good thing; it was new New Order, as easily loveable as ever.

That brings us to Waiting for the Siren's Call. Everything expected is here: bottom-string bass from Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner's ageless vocals, maybe a bit more guitar than before (was that a solo dropped in the right channel?) current keyboard sounds and questionably real/synthetic drums.

Ana Matronic (Scissor Sisters) joins on the madcap "Jetstream", and we hear the silliness that New Order deserves some credit for. We all know the sad story of Joy Division - hell, Google what their name stood for if you don't know. While not as dour as the straw grasping proto-goths would lead one to believe, they still weren't the feel good hit of the summer. New Order has nearly always been silly. What is "Love Vigilante's" about? What is this record's "Dracula's Castle" about? Some silly shit, that's what.

But who cares. Do you listen to New Order to be enlightened or to enjoy what they have loaded into their generally brilliant (in both respects) grooves? It's disco, it's pop, it's where the modern sound all started for most, made ready to rip-off by countless underlings; there are synth washes and programmed strings that shimmer. There is nothing here that pushes past what we expect from New Order in their current incarnation, but it is facile, shiny, bright and well-behaved around strangers.

Reviewed by Barry Prickett
Failed musician, scurrilous writer and enjoyer of all things that go glitch in the night, Barry Prickett is almost obsessed with his music obsession.

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