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Music Complete

Music Complete
Studio album by New Order
Released 25 September 2015 (2015-09-25)
Recorded 2014–15
Genre
Length 64:26
Label Mute
Producer
New Order chronology
Lost Sirens
(2013)
Music Complete
(2015)
Singles from Music Complete
  1. "Restless"
    Released: 29 July 2015
  2. "Plastic"
    Released: 16 September 2015
  3. "Tutti Frutti"
    Released: 19 October 2015

Music Complete is the tenth studio album by the English rock band New Order. It was released on 25 September 2015 by Mute Records, their first album on the label.[4] The album features guest vocals from Elly Jackson of La Roux, Iggy Pop and Brandon Flowers.

The album was released on CD, both clear and black vinyl LP, and digital download on 25 September 2015.The deluxe LP box set will be released on 20 November 2015. The artwork itself differs on the packaging of each type of the album.

On 29 July, "Restless" was released as the album's lead single. On 16 September, "Plastic" was released as the second single.

Music Complete was praised by favorable reviews, and holds a Metascore of 76 on review aggregator Metacritic.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Packaging 2
  • Release 3
  • Reception 4
  • Track listing 5
  • Personnel 6
    • New Order 6.1
    • Production 6.2
    • Strings 6.3
    • Technical 6.4
  • Charts 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Background

The album is more electronic than the previous two albums that New Order has recorded. This is the first album without former bassist Peter Hook, as well as the debut of Tom Chapman and the return of Gillian Gilbert since 2001. Guest backing vocals are provided by Dawn Zee, who has performed with the band on their last three albums.

In March and July 2014, the band promoted and unveiled two songs in Lollapalooza Chile and the United States while touring: "Plastic" and "Singularity," which was originally performed without an official title.[5][6]

On 2 and 4 September 2014, Billboard, along with Stereogum, and Consequence of Sound reported that New Order had signed on to Mute Records and that future releases were expected, most of them released as EPs, which would then be "probably put together as an album." Billboard also announced Bernard Sumner's autobiography, Chapter and Verse, which was released on 24 September of the same year.[7][8][9]

On 22 June, the official New Order site announced the release date, as well as the title of the album, Music Complete. This marked the return for Gillian Gilbert since 2001's Get Ready, and long-time artwork collaborator Peter Saville, as well as a new member; Tom Chapman, to replace former bassist and founding member Peter Hook. The website also provided terms of distribution: CD, digital download, and limited edition clear vinyl, along with an exclusive 8-piece deluxe vinyl collection that includes the album plus extended versions of all 11 tracks on coloured vinyl.[10]

On 22 June 30 June, and 7 July, the official New Order YouTube channel uploaded three separate teasers that included snippets of music from the album.[11][12][13]

On 29 July, "Restless" was released as a single for the album.[14]

New Order shared another new track from 'Music Complete', on 16 September ahead of its release: "Plastic".[15]

Packaging

The artwork for Music Complete was created by long-time art director and collaborator, Peter Saville. The artwork features a montage of lines with the colours red, yellow, green and blue. Depending on the type of format, the colour schemes will be switched around. For the CD, the pattern clockwise from top right is yellow, red, blue, green. The LPs are red, yellow, green, and blue. Digital downloads are the regular format; blue, green, red, and yellow. The deluxe edition's artwork is the same as the album, but all six coloured vinyl casing are different styles, and have no colour. The six coloured vinyl range from red to purple.[16][17][18][19][20][21]

Release

Music Complete was released on 25 September in five different formats: CD, regular and limited-edition double-clear LP, digital download, and an 8-piece deluxe vinyl box set. All CD and LP orders come with MP3 and audio downloads of the album. The box set is an exclusive deluxe edition with eight vinyl records containing the double-clear LP, and extended versions of all 11 tracks on six different colored vinyl. The box set is to be released on 20 November 2015.

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[22]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [23]
The A.V. Club B[24]
Consequence of Sound A–[25]
The Guardian [26]
Mixmag 8/10[1]
Mojo [27]
The Observer [28]
Pitchfork Media 7.2/10[29]
Q [30]
Rolling Stone [31]

Music Complete received positive reviews from critics, with Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, giving the album an average score of 76, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 21 reviews.[22] Mixmag‍ '​s S. Worthy described the record as "an album of outstanding pop, shuddering dance-rock and intricate electronic moods.[1] Pitchfork critic T. Cole Rachel thought that the album sounds like "classic New Order" and wrote: "Music Complete certainly doesn’t do anything to diminish New Order’s formidable legacy, but it doesn’t necessarily expand upon it either."[29] Barry Walters of Rolling Stone wrote: "Just as Curtis' suicide inspired his bandmates to reinvent themselves as New Order in 1980, Hook's departure frees them to create their most varied and substantial work in decades."[31]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by New Order, except where indicated. 

CD and digital download
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Restless"     5:28
2. "Singularity"   New Order, Tom Rowlands 5:37
3. "Plastic"     6:55
4. "Tutti Frutti (featuring Elly Jackson 'La Roux')"     6:22
5. "People on the High Line (featuring Elly Jackson 'La Roux')"     5:41
6. "Stray Dog (featuring Iggy Pop)"     6:17
7. "Academic"     5:54
8. "Nothing but a Fool"     7:43
9. "Unlearn This Hatred"   New Order, Tom Rowlands 4:19
10. "The Game"     5:06
11. "Superheated (featuring Brandon Flowers)"   New Order, Brandon Flowers 5:04
Total length:
64:36

Personnel

New Order

Musician credits for New Order are not listed in the liner notes of the album's personnel. Below are the instruments that the group typically plays.

Charts

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[32] 20
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[33] 26
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[34] 22
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[35] 11
Croatian Combined Albums (HDU)[36] 36
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[37] 23
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[38] 26
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[39] 10
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[40] 39
French Albums (SNEP)[41] 19
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[42] 14
Irish Albums (IRMA)[43] 6
Irish Independent Albums (IRMA)[44] 2
Italian Albums (FIMI)[45] 58
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[46] 37
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[47] 24
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[48] 30
Scottish Albums (OCC)[49] 2
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[50] 17
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[51] 14
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[52] 19
UK Albums (OCC)[53] 2
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[54] 1
US Billboard 200[55] 34
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[56] 7
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[57] 5

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External links

  • Music Complete at Discogs (list of releases)
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