NEW OR­DER

Lost Sirens

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MUSIC - Jar­rad Be­van

THIS is an old and a new New Or­der minial­bum, you know?

Dur­ing the band’s long, ex­pen­sive ses­sions for its Wait­ing for the Sirens’ Call al­bum, the act de­cided to record ex­tra ma­te­rial with a view to fin­ish­ing it as an al­bum later. But with bad blood spilling over ev­ery­where, they never got around to it.

Su­per- fans and com­pletists will need th­ese six un­heard songs. The remix and the pre­vi­ously re­leased Hell­bent from 2011 New Or­der Joy Di­vi­sion cash cow To­tal, not so much.

This record is barely 40 min­utes long but it’s a mostly fun 40 min­utes.

I’ll Stay With You has foot­prints of past hit Crys­tal or maybe Re­gret with a solid rhythm and patented New Or­der gui­tars. Bernard Sum­ner sounds per­fectly lovelorn.

Disco out­ing Sug­ar­cane is good, cheesy fun but also pretty dis­pos­able. I Told You So is a lit­tle dirt­ier while Cal­i­for­nia Grass is a pretty gui­tar pop tune but that’s about it.

Lost Sirens prob­a­bly won’t be any­one’s favourite New Or­der al­bum.

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