power, corruption and lies from 1983 established new order's identity separate from its previous incarnation as joy division. this album stands not only as new order's most defining moment but perhaps as the most standard-setting moment in alternative dance. yet as definitive as they may be, new order have outsmarted any copycats. owing in substantial part to peter hook's prominent and melodic bass lines, new order's songs have always aspired to a complexity that maintains the band's timelessness. rarely formulaic, new order's songs are seldom overwhelmed by a four-on-the-floor throb. but interesting rhythms are just one facet of this musical diamond. their foreboding, grim, and often just plain heartbreaking lyrics present a contradiction to most dance-pop songs, whose lyrics are almost always uplifting or even evangelical.
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