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They're my favourite band but can't say this is one of their best. 'I think the world is a beautiful place/with mountains, lakes and the human race' FFS!
The title track of that album, Waiting for the Sirens' Call, is one of the best things they've done and certainly the best thing they did after they reformed, along with Crystal. But to be honest I think they would have better served their own legacy by calling it a day after Republic, or even after Technique, which was their finest hour IMO.
but Crystal really is fantastic.
Not sure you can really cite bad lyrics in Krafty though, you can cite bad lyrics in plenty of their 80s output too, it doesn't stop them being great still.
but that couplet from Krafty has to be Barney's worst, it's not even endearing in the way 'Every second counts when I am with you/I think you are a pig, you should be in a zoo' is.
"I drank a beer / and then I had to go to sea / the sea was really rough / I don't like that kind of stuff" or however it goes
'The sea was very rough, it made me feel sick/But I like that kind of stuff, it beats arithmetic'.
There's another shocker on this otherwise brilliant Get Ready-era B-side:
'I check upon the scores, I listen to The Corrs, behind closed doors'. Barney, WTF???
...this was the point where I lost faith in New Order. Up until Krafty you could trust them to come up with at least a stunning single: Get Ready was a let-down, but Crystal was astonishing. Krafty on the other hand was wishy-washy and forgettabe -- just like everything else on Sirens bar Jetstream and Working Overtime which were execrable.
My mate Loz had got me into New Order over a 4 year period and by this point I was vaguely obsessed. I was pretty convinced that 'Crystal' was also about the best comeback single ever - listening to it right now for the first time in ages I think I was right? - and had such high hopes that they'd come back better than ever.
They didn't really though, did they? I'll never begrudge them it and I don't think it's harmed their legacy, but by and large 'Crystal' remains an utter gem amongst a whole pile of very MOR badly conceived filler tracks.
There were a few other great records released that day I recall? Bjork maybe?
Is This It came out the same day, and Mercury Rev and Slipknot both had albums out too. I don't know why I remember that.
ceremony (done by them as joy division too) everythings gone green, temptation, your silent face etc, then they had their frothier dancey stuff where there use of sequencers and dance production seemed to be pioneering (and should get more recognition) then they started to release insipid lightweight stuff, then they made a phenominal return to form with crystal, the stuff i like was phenominally good and i loved them, but i can't even listen to the later insipid stuff
but I never warmed up to Krafty or the album in general. I did, however, quite like Get Ready when it came out. Haven't listened to it recently though.
are Crystal and Here to stay. It can be argue that Regret was the only great song in Republic as well.
is that it isn't that the latter is terrible, it's just that the former is so so so so far ahead of it that everything else looks worse in comparison.
Is This It and The Dark is Rising all came out on the same day, correct.
Crystal, Turn My Way & Primitive Notion are all good songs, the rest varies between mediocre and, in the case of Slow Jam & Rock the Shack, awful. WFTSC is the better of their 2 comeback albums methinks.