The difficult sixth album. You could almost smell the decay: the demise of Factory, the downfall of the Hacienda and the subsequent deterioration of the band's relationships. Still, for all that, some of New Order's best music is here, spoiled only by Stephen Hague's insufficiently hardcore production and the glutinous "soulful" warbling of the female backing singers. The first four tracks were singles, on Regret, Bernard yearns for normality; World (The Price Of Love) was curiously passionless commercial house; Ruined In A Day dealt in betrayal, although Sumner insists it wasn't about current events; and Spooky was peerless techno pop Liar was a poison dart aimed at a certain "King of Nothing", for which no prizes for guessing. Everyone Everywhere was magnificently moody. The too-glossy topcoat smothered the colossal sorrow of Young Offender. Near-instrumental Avalanche was Gillian's own Decades.
Stephen Morris: "Strangely enough, I don't mind it."
Gillian Gilbert: "We listen to it a lot."
Peter Hook: "We weren't writing together. If we had. it might have turned out more like Technique."
Bernard Sumner: "I was crawling up the walls in a room on my own, wondering why the others weren't coming in."
Source: Uncut Magazine