New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies (Used)
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**Used - Sleeve/NM Media/NM - 1983 UK Press**
A great leap forward from their funeral debut album Movement, Power, Corruption & Lies cemented New Order's place as the most exciting dance-rock hybrid in music, and it didn't even include the massive "Blue Monday" single, released earlier that year. Confident and invigorating where Movement had sounded disconsolate and lost, the record simply pops with energy from the beginning "Age of Consent," an alternative pop song with only a smattering of synthesizers overlaying an assured Bernard Sumner, who took his best vocal turn yet. Unlike the hordes of synth pop acts then active, New Order experimented heavily with their synthesizers and sequencers. What's more, while most synth pop acts kept an eye on the charts when writing and recording, if New Order were looking anywhere, it was the clubs - "The Village" and "586" had most of the technological firepower of the mighty "Blue Monday." But whenever the electronics threatened to take over, Peter Hook's grubby basslines, Bernard Sumner's plaintive vocals, and Stephen Morris's point-perfect drum fills reintroduced the human element. Aside from all the bright dance music and production on display, Power, Corruption & Lies also portrayed New Order's growing penchant for beauty: "Your Silent Face" is a sublime piece of electronic balladry.