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New Order review – pure serotonin for an existential ache | Musique Non Stop

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New Order review – pure serotonin for an existential ache

Brixton Academy, London
Dedicating Love Will Tear Us Apart to the victims of the Paris attacks, Sumner and co shimmer through an untouchable back catalogue of electro alchemy

“Vive la France!” says Bernard Sumner as New Order take to the stage with a large tricolore illuminated brightly behind them. The fervent applause goes on and on. It’s the fact that Sumner is such an everyman figure, and New Order the most human and empathic of bands, that makes his gentle words so moving.

The veteran Manchester group recently enjoyed their highest charting album in more than 20 years with Music Complete, a record that moves them firmly back towards the wistfully charged rave-pop of their 80s and 90s peak. The galloping synths and existential ache of tonight’s set opener, Singularity, evokes career high-water marks such as their 1989 Technique album.

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