By David Chiu
New Order have made some outstanding albums throughout their 35-year career (God, has it been that long?) but like their contemporaries Depeche Mode, their bread and butter was their singles releases. Pretty much all of their memorable and classic hits are collected in this new and improved revised edition of Singles, which adds “I’ll Stay with You,” from the 2013 release Lost Sirens, New Order’s last studio album with founding bassist Peter Hook (The set doesn’t contain tracks from the band’s most recent Hook-less album Music Complete). The 2-CD set—which is more career encompassing than Substance— chronicles the Manchester’s band musical evolution from their previous post-punk incarnation as Joy Division to a hugely popular electronic dance band with a sense of detachment—all the band’s pioneering hit singles are here: the groundbreaking smash “Blue Monday,” “Temptation,” “The Perfect Kiss,” “Shellshock,” “Thieves Like Us,” “True Faith,” “World in Motion,” “Regret,” “World,” “Krafty” and “Here to Stay.” This set is not a repeat of Substance in that the original single versions of tracks like “Confusion” and “Temptation” are included, along with an early cut “Procession.” For fans both casual and die-hard, Singles collects all the best of New Order in one sitting—a testament to the group’s cutting edge and danceable music.