Music Complete

New Order - Music Complete
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2015 Ratings: #365 / 891
Year End Rank: #46
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Based on 145 ratings
2015 Ratings: #431
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September 25, 2015 / Release Date
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Consequence of Sound

Because it’s loaded with guests, there’s a transparent curatorial awareness to Music Complete, one that’s surprisingly engaging and effective.

The Skinny

For those unconvinced by Music Complete's safe lead single Restless; fear not. The spiralling dance-pop musing on consumer culture sounds robust and expansive as a scene-setting album opener, but it's swiftly overshadowed.


It’s the album that New Order fans have been dreaming of for years and it will no doubt be cherished.


By taking their time and hiring the right contributors, New Order have made their best album since 1989's Technique.

Under The Radar

The album not only preserves New Order's heritage but strides out as an ambitious, fascinating, and profoundly enjoyable record that feels like something of a fitting farewell.

The Guardian

It’s a little long, there’s the odd duff track ... But Music Complete still feels like the freshest thing they’ve done in ages.


Tracks like ‘Singularity’, ‘Plastic’ and ‘Academic’ wouldn’t sound out of place on a New Order best of compilation, and as a whole, the record is the most solid they have released in the post-Republic era.

The Line of Best Fit

This is the first New Order album for a long time that sounds like it could only have been made by them.

A.V. Club

While Music Complete doesn’t entirely qualify as a return to that rare form—that’d be a small miracle at this point—it does seem to have found some path back to what made New Order great in the first place.


Music Complete certainly doesn’t do anything to diminish New Order’s formidable legacy, but it doesn’t necessarily expand upon it either.


There is a spirit of adventure and experimentation in the album that is commendable. It doesn’t approach their artistic peak of 30-plus years ago, but it doesn’t have to. 

Rolling Stone
Hook's departure frees them to create their most varied and substantial work in decades.
Drowned in Sound

It’s not that it’s a visionary album ... But it’s the most energetic and polished thing they’ve turned in in an age, and the most melodic.


Even making an allowance for Hook's glaring absence, Music Complete is still a watered-down and uninspired album by a band that lost the plot long ago and can now only capture an occasional glimmer of what made it so great in the first place.


The album's greatest success is that it restores the band's dignity after their two previously uninspiring LPs, but it does little to enhance their formidable legacy.


Not only safe, ‘Music Complete’ serves to dilute New Order’s output.

too long, and repeats the same thing too much. the beats are fine, but there is much more modern electronic and dance style music that is offered today that is much stronger than this. not bad, but just didnt have enough substance to hold itself without the support of international superstars new order.
We've come a long way from Unknown Pleasures...
Really bland feels like New Order just being a little more generic. This album also goes on for way too long whilst being rather unmemorable.
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New Order has been an influential band throughout my lifetime. This album was no different. Ever since I saw its three YouTube teasers for it back in June 2015, I was constantly updating the Wikipedia page for it (Thanks to my efforts, it's the reason why it is mostly the way it is) and waiting for it. And when it released, I listened to it day after day.

After revisiting it since the last time I played it one or two years ago, a lot has ... read more
Ya Know what I thoroughly enjoyed this more than I should and i would argue it is better than some of their older stuff, well at least for me.


Restless 8/10
Singularity 8/10
Plastic 8/10
Tutti Frutti 8/10
People on the High Line 8.5/10
Stray Dog 8/10
Academic 8/10
Nothing but a Fool 8/10
Unlearn This Hatred 8/10
The Game 7.5/10
Superheated 8/10

AVERAGE: 8.0/10
A lot of artist want to emulate the 80's sound... they are ARE the 80's and in this album it shows an old band trying to have success in the modern era while having fun. It is actually pretty ear pleasing to me, original and great sounding. Sometimes it drags on just a little bit too much, but overall, I really like it... and the album art is amazing.
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Track List

  1. Restless
  2. Singularity
  3. Plastic
  4. Tutti Frutti
  5. People on the High Line
  6. Stray Dog
  7. Academic
  8. Nothing but a Fool
  9. Unlearn This Hatred
  10. The Game
  11. Superheated
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Added on: June 24, 2015