CD: 3984 28227-2
RELEASE DATE: 1987
While New Order's earlier albums retained some elements of the band's gloomy
Joy Division days, later efforts were a schizophrenic blend of quieter, more
melodic stuff and upbeat dance numbers. On Brotherhood, both sides of the band
are at their strongest, with catchy dance numbers like "Bizarre Love Triangle"
and "Weirdo" balanced by some gentler numbers. The guitar/keyboard
interplay is particularly impressive, making the band a much more musically
intriguing rock and roll act than most of the synth-oriented bands who dominated
the Euro-pop dance scene in the mid-eighties. New Order makes a solid aural
statement with this album, and creates what amounts to a precursor to their
later forays into techno. "Brotherhood" resonates with the same strong
bass of Joy Division, only it's turned on its head and thrown into a mostly
otherwise electronic track. At this point in time New Order was really polishing
up its repertoire and making the most and best of a sound that is uniquely theirs.