London - 2005 - 56 minutes
Had New Order bowed out with the single 'Regret' in 1993 it would have been the most fitting of swan songs. Instead they came back with the guitar-driven 'Get Ready' in 2001 and have now followed it up with an album that won't add anything to their legacy.
Having influenced so many, New Order have now been rendered spectators as countless bands summon up that same sense of drama that they had in their heyday. Bernard Sumner's vocals and the odd Peter Hook-bassline aside, 'Waiting for the Sirens' Call' could be the work of anyone - it's that routine and predictable.
'Hey Now What You Doing?'s destiny ("you've got to hold your head up high/you know it's not too late to try/you've got to lift that heavy load/ you've got to get back in control") will be to soundtrack televised football ad infinitum; worse still, the electro reggae of 'I Told You So' recalls Ace of Base. The ill-judged Stooges stomp of 'Working Overtime' aside, the rest of the record is wearingly familiar.
It's never a good sign when a band's new album kickstarts the nostalgia. And that's the only thing that 'Waiting for the Sirens' Call' does well.
Tracklisting: Who's Joe - Hey Now What You Doing? - Waiting for the Sirens' Call - Krafty - I Told You So - Morning Night and Day - Dracula's Castle - Jetstream - Guilt is a Useless Emotion - Turn - Working Overtime