Movement (New Order album)

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Movement
Original UK vinyl edition
Studio album by New Order
Released 13 November 1981
Recorded 1980–1981, Strawberry, Stockport
Genre Post-punk, synthpop
Length 36:12
Label FactoryFACT 50
Producer Martin Hannett
New Order chronology
Movement
(1981)
1981–1982
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Pitchfork Media (9.3/10)[3]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars[4]

Movement is the debut album by the English rock band New Order, released in November 1981 on Factory Records. At the time of its release, the album was not particularly well received by critics or consumers, only peaking at No. 30 on the UK albums chart. Subsequent critical reception for Movement have been very positive.

In 2008 the album was re-released in a Collector's Edition with a bonus disc.

Slant Magazine listed the album at No. 42 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s" saying "Movement exists almost exactly in between Joy Division's post-punk sound and the synth-pop style that would come to define New Order and influence pop music for decades".[5]

History[edit]

After the suicide of Joy Division's singer Ian Curtis in May 1980, and the subsequent shock for those surrounding him, remaining members Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris elected to carry on, albeit under a new name – New Order. With the exception of two songs, "Ceremony" and "In a Lonely Place" (unreleased, but demoed in the studio and, in "Ceremony"'s case, played live before Curtis's death), all the material played would be new.

A couple of songs on Movement stem from the initial songwriting session the band undertook in the summer of 1980. "Dreams Never End" and "Truth" were both played at the initial New Order concerts (still played as trio) in the US that September.[6] At this point it was still undecided as to who should be vocalist. The interim solution was that all three members took turns at singing before finally deciding that Bernard Sumner should take the main vocalist's role with Peter Hook as back-up (though he sang lead on "Dreams Never End" and "Doubts Even Here"). The introduction in October 1980 of Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Morris's girlfriend, lightened the burden on Sumner who had to play guitar and keyboards and sing (something he found impossible to do simultaneously) and enabled the band to pursue a more electronic approach. Subsequently, the remainder of the songs that appeared on Movement were written and then recorded over a seven-month period "in two big bits, and a whole lot of little bits" (Sumner's words),[7] as well as "Mesh", "Cries and Whispers" (both early live staples and used as B-sides), "Procession" and "Everything's Gone Green", the latter forming a non-album single released as FAC53 in September 1981.

The producer of the album was once again Martin Hannett, who had worked with them as Joy Division; however, the rapport between producer and band had in the ensuing time eroded. Hannett was in a legal dispute with Factory Records and suffering from substance and alcohol abuse, and the band members—themselves still coming to terms with having to write and arrange songs without Curtis's ear and lyric-writing ability—found him uncooperative. It would be the last time they worked together.

As noted above, upon its release in November 1981—just weeks after the Joy Division retrospective/live double album StillMovement was met with a tepid reception, with critics disappointed by what was perceived to be a lack of forward momentum after the "Ceremony" single. It is rumoured that the band considered either re-mixing or even entirely re-recording the album, but time and financial constraints prevented this.[8] Fortunately, a new song called "Temptation" would provide the band with the necessary impetus and a new direction.

Sound[edit]

Musically, Movement is a transitional album. References to Ian Curtis appear on the songs "ICB" (rumoured to be an acronym for 'Ian Curtis Buried') and "The Him". The expansion of the sonic palette heard on Closer is also present on this album with synths on all but the opening track and electronic percussion (especially on "Truth"). Hook's bass takes on a melodic role while Gilbert provides the low end on the songs "Chosen Time" and "Denial". However, despite this continuity, Movement also hints at New Order's distinct sound on its later albums. Tracks such as "Senses" flirt with funkier guitar motifs than Joy Division, and "Dreams Never End" is the only song on this album with the classic guitar-bass-drums line-up.

In a questionnaire interview with the fanzine Artificial Light (No.2, Nov. 1982), the band were asked if they were happy with the album to which they replied, "We were happy with the songs, not all happy with the production."[8] Peter Hook later revealed, "We were confused musically... Our songwriting wasn't coming together. I don't know how we pulled out of that one. I actually liked Movement, but I know why nobody else likes it. It was good for the first two-and-a-half minutes, then it dipped."[9]

Artwork[edit]

The album's cover was designed by Peter Saville and is based on a poster by the Italian Futurist and Fascist sympathizer Fortunato Depero. 'F' refers to Factory Records/Factory Communications Limited and 'L' the Roman numeral 50 – (the album's catalogue number fr the original vinyl version was FACT 50). The blue colour was chosen by the band, however, initial copies in America had the same design in brown on an ivory background.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris, except where indicated. 

Original album
No. Title Length
1. "Dreams Never End"   3:13
2. "Truth"   4:37
3. "Senses"   4:45
4. "Chosen Time"   4:07
5. "ICB"   4:33
6. "The Him"   5:29
7. "Doubts Even Here"   4:16
8. "Denial"   4:20
Total length:
36:12
2008 Collector's Edition bonus disc:
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ceremony"   Joy Division 4:23
2. "Temptation" (7" version)   5:26
3. "In a Lonely Place"   Joy Division 6:16
4. "Everything's Gone Green"     5:30
5. "Procession"     4:27
6. "Cries and Whispers"     3:25
7. "Hurt"     8:13
8. "Mesh"     3:02
9. "Ceremony" (original version) Joy Division 4:39
10. "Temptation" (12" version)   8:47
Total length:
54:08

Personnel[edit]

  • Bernard Sumner – vocals, guitars, melodica, synthesizers and programming
  • Peter Hook – 4- and 6-stringed bass, vocals ("Dreams Never End", "Doubts Even Here")
  • Gillian Gilbert – synthesizers and programming, guitars, spoken words ("Doubts Even Here")
  • Stephen Morris – drums, synthesizers and programming
  • Martin Hannett – production
  • Chris Nagle – engineering
  • John and Flood – assistants

Release details[edit]

  • UK 12" – Factory Records (FACT 50)
  • UK cassette – Factory Records (FACT 50C)
  • UK CD (1993 re-release) – London Records (520,018-2)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
New Zealand RIANZ Album Chart[10] 8
UK Albums Chart[11] 30
UK Independent Albums Chart[12] 1

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, John. "New Order: Movement > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "New Order". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Ewing, Tom (10 November 2008). "New Order: Movement". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Mister Joseph. "New Order: Movement". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Best Albums of the 1980s". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Concerts in 1980 by New Order". neworderonline.com. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Mark. An Ideal For Living Bobcat Books, 1984 ISBN 0-7119-1065-0 p.76
  8. ^ a b Johnson, Mark. An Ideal For Living Bobcat Books, 1984 ISBN 0-7119-1065-0 p.84
  9. ^ Middles, Mick. From Joy Division To New Order Virgin Press, 1996 ISBN 0-7535-0041-8 p.168
  10. ^ "Discography New Order". Charts.ord.nz. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "Chart Stats: New Order". ChartStats.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2008. 
  12. ^ "Indie Hits "N"". Cherry Red Records. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2012.