Movement was the debut album from New Order and was the sound of the band finding their feet following the death of Ian Curtis and the dissolution of Joy Division. It's a dark and dislocated work, Bernard Sumner hadn't yet been cast as the band's lead singer so Peter Hook and Stephen Morris both contribute vocals. Sometimes it harks back to the Joy Division sound but also tentatively looks to the future and the more danceable music they would produce later in the decade. Not their best work perhaps but a fascinating document nonetheless.
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9/10 Jack 18th September 2015
Movement is a dark, brooding, desperate record that resonates all these years later almost as well as Joy Division's two albums. I hesitate to think of another album that oozes raw emotion as blatantly and tragically. These songs are deftly composed manifestations of the sadness and fear these young men were living, but without a hint of self-indulgence or disingenuousness. Movement stands alone; it offers us only occasional glimpses into the future of the band and only tangentially hearkens back to Joy Division's characteristic sound.
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