Eight years later, New Order has rebounded from further chaos with its next musical derivation, Get Ready. The band has discarded its Korg-abetted club sounds in favor of a more guitar-laden methodology. Tracks like "Crystal" and "60 Miles an Hour" do tinker with subtle keyboard hooks and sly bass grooves, but they're built on grating guitar riffs and Sumner's rich vocals. The band even garners the help of rockers like the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan and Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie to help usher in the album's rock mystique. On occasion, New Order does manage a familiar sound, on songs such as "Vicious Streak," which merges the sliding bass from Joy Division's "She's Lost Control" with the synth layers of New Order's "True Faith." But overall, Get Ready isn't as innovative as New Order's electro revolution of yore. Luckily, it's still cushioned with catchy pop melodies as dearly departed from modern rock as Curtis himself.
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