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.