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The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 11, 1987- Page 13

Records

New Order
Substance
QWest
Substance. That's the title New
Order's newest release, a double LP
version of the band's "greatest hits."
If the sound of sleek synthesizers and
driving drum machines is your style
you'll most likely think that
Substance, well, has substance. But
long time followers may be left
wondering if such a compilation is
really necessary.

anything new and original besides
"True Faith." New Order does
provide us with new versions of
"Temptation" and "Confusion" but
the remakes fail to fill the listener's
craving for fresh vinyl. "Tempt-
ation," with its overly energized
vocals falls flat and short of the
original classic. "Confusion," on the
other hand, can't seem to decide
whether it wants to be a glossy,
disco-filled dance monster like the
earlier version or a more harsh, less
produced cut with an edge.

same purpose - an all out plunge
into the pool of mainstream
commercialism in the States. One
has to wonder if Substance is
nothing more than a clever
marketing scheme, allowing trendy
bandwagon jumpers to gobble up all
the New Order goodies with one
purchase and to lure the pocket
books of curious, loyal fans with
sloppy remakes. And hey, why not
pick up Substance on compact disc
with all the obscure B sides?
I think I hear Ian Curtis rolling in
his grave.
-Brian Bonet

The dB's
The Sound of Music
R.E.M.
Document
I.R.S. Records
Just in time for the new school
year, here's two new LPs by two of
the most influential pop bands of the
'80s. And, just as the dual release of
these albums is no mere coincidence
on the part of a collegiate-minded
I.R.S. Records, it should come as no
surprise that these two records are
both up to par. What is surprising is
just how good they both are.
After a somewhat extended hiatus

and questionable "breakups," the
dB's are back in full throttle with an
LP that was well worth the long
wait. In the continued absence of
one-time band member Chris
Stamey (who dB's fans were
pondering the return of when I.R.S.
announced the arrival of this new
record), the band leans more and
more toward guitarist/songwriter
Peter Holsapple's rootsy, folk rock
yearnings. Holsapple, who has also

gone the Peter Case solo route,
guitar in hand, has penned every tune
on Sound of Music and there's not a
weak one among 'em. In fact, the
record is so good that it paints bright
circles around the weaker moments
of 1983's Like This, a devastating
record in its own right.
With an impressive line-up of
guest musicians and an eclectic array
of additional instruments, the dB's
See RECORDS, Page 14

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CHORAL UNION in its annual performances
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Donald Bryant, Director
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For an audition appointment, call the University
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Because the album's cuts are
placed in chronological order, New
Order's progression (regression?)
from their early roots as dreary
decibles of Ian Curtis to mainstays
on every dance club's play list is
distinctly traceable. All the twelve
inches are here from the murky Joy
Division-esque "Ceremony" to the
new release, "True Faith," a stringy
and synthy dance mix that stays true
to the band's current sound.
The problem with the double disc
package is that Substance is old
Substance and really doesn't offer us
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from other European bands like EchoE
and the Bunnymen and the Cure and
in each case we've seen it serve the
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