Monday, September 29, 2008

Listening Post

It's one of those seemingly impossible feats in popular music.

In 2001, after 21 years together (25 if you count Joy Division), New Order somehow recorded the most vital album of their career. By all accounts, Get Ready could've and probably should've been an afterthought -- an effort that barely registered on the cultural radar from a group whose best days were surely behind it.

Instead, the damn thing barreled along with astonishing ferocity -- beginning with this opening track.

Here's Crystal.

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