About Kieran Baddeley

Favourite Artists include: Björk, The Blue Nile, Brian Eno, Can, Cocteau Twins, David Byrne, David Sylvian, Elvis Costello, Fleetwood Mac, Goldfrapp, Genesis, Hot Chip, New Order, Orange Juice, Pet Shop Boys, Peter Gabriel, Roxy Music, Suede, Talking Heads, Talk Talk, The The, XTC.
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Album Review: New Order – Technique
6 years ago

Album Review: New Order – Technique

The cover of New Order’s 1989 release, Technique, depicts a cherub upon a gradient of pinks and purples. Peter Saville, New Order’s long-time sleeve designer suggested, retrospectively, that this was to reflect the hedonism of the time, an ode to the drug-fuelled excess of the 1980s. While this may be true, the striking cover can also be seen as a break with the past. New Order’s previous covers had been somewhat muted, the monotone cover of 1985’s Low-Life, the brazen aluminium of 1986’s Brotherhood, even the pops of colour in 1983’s Power, Corruption and Lies cover seemed subdued somehow. The music reflects this. Similarly, the music held within Technique reflects its cover – a break with the past in favour for an embracing of all the musical touches New Order had previously only hinted at; a complete celebration of dance.
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