33 years on from Blue Monday the latest New Order 33rpm astounds.


The name says it all.  Music Complete is the latest, in fact the 10th, New Order Album.

It’s almost inconceivable that a band that was effectively born 39 years ago in 1976 (as Joy Division) can be releasing a dance record as sumptuous, as driving, as beautiful and yes, as danceable as this in 2015.

OK, there’s no Hookie but it hardly matters because Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris remain on board for this epic set that’s as good as anything they created in their 80’s heyday.

From the opening beat to the closer it never lets up. Iggy Pop, who started out his career not long before Bernard Sumner, brilliantly guest vocalises on Stray Dog and there are contributions also from La Roux and Brandon Flowers.

‘Closer’ was said, by many, to be a psychic foretelling of the end of Joy Division’s career, let’s hope that Music Complete does not similarly signify the (final) end of four decades of brilliance from surely the greatest group of musicians ever to take Manchester to the world.

Absolutely brilliant and sure to finish 2015 as many people’s album of the year.