|Studio album by New Order|
|Released||30 January 1989|
|Recorded||1988 at Mediterranean Studios, Ibiza; Real World Studios, Box|
|Genre||Electronic, house, techno, alternative rock|
|Label||Factory – FACT 275|
|New Order chronology|
Technique is the fifth studio album by the English rock band New Order, released in January 1989. The album reached number one on the UK Albums Chart on its release in 1989 and features the UK Singles Chart singles "Fine Time" - #11 in November 1988, "Round & Round" - #21 in February 1989 and "Run" - #49 in August 1989.
Technique was the first New Order album to reach number one in the UK charts. "Fine Time", the first single lifted from it, reached number 11. Remixed versions of "Round & Round" and "Run" were also released as singles. John Denver's publishing company filed a lawsuit, alleging that the guitar break in "Run" too closely resembled Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane". The case was settled out of court. An instrumental version of "Vanishing Point" was used on the BBC series Making Out.
Music videos were produced for the three singles.
In 2008 the album was re-released in a Collector's Edition with a bonus disc.
Ian Harrison wrote in the liner notes of the 2008 Collector's Edition: "It's arguable that Technique is more a clear split between rock and electronic dance than Brotherhood was [...] While 'Fine Time', 'Round and Round', 'Mr Disco', 'Vanishing Point' and 'Dream Attack' sit in the latter category, [...] the vocal songs ['All the Way', 'Love Less', 'Guilty Partner' and 'Run'] with guitars are infused with a similar sensuality." Bernard Sumner reflected, "We were in this position of being known for this dance-electronic sound and it would have been daft to have just stopped doing it. That was the nature of the time. The way I saw it was we were still writing band music as well, so we'd reached a compromise." Peter Hook joked that the album was "an epic power struggle between the sequencers and me. I was resisting it valiantly, because I still wanted us to be a rock band."
Sumner also wrote all of the lyrics himself, and Harrison suggested that the band partying and recording on the island of Ibiza heavily influenced the sound and lyrics of the album. Gillian Gilbert recalled, "We had Mike (Johnson, engineer) with us, so there was always somebody doing something, but it was the beginning of us not being together in the studio when we were doing things. It was like, 'oh you do your drums today, and I'll do the vocals tonight...' The songs were sort of there but there were huge chunks missing. You'd leave blocks and say, 'will you fill that in? I'm off now.'" Following four months spent in Ibiza, the band shifted to Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios to finish recording, which Sumner referred to as a "much more sober atmosphere".
Echoing a sentiment also expressed by Harrison, Hook remarked, "I think Technique sounds fantastic. It really does, considering it's not an Ibizan dance record. I think it catches a summer sound really brilliantly." Stephen Morris mentioned that the album had an "end of term, last day of school feel about it". Harrison posited that Technique represented "New Order's commercial zenith" and that it paved the way for other bands to "blend rock and dance [... ,] predicting club music's chart takeover in the '90s."
Original track listing
- "Fine Time" – 4:22
- "All the Way" – 3:22
- "Love Less" – 2:58
- "Round & Round" – 4:29
- "Guilty Partner" – 4:44
- "Run" – 4:29
- "Mr. Disco" – 4:20
- "Vanishing Point" – 5:15
- "Dream Attack" – 5:13
2008 Collector's Edition bonus disc
- "Don't Do It" - 4:34
- "Fine Line" - 4:45
- "Round & Round" - 6:52
- "Best & Marsh" - 4:32
- "Run2 - extended version" - 5:26
- "MTO - Minus Mix" - 5:27
- "Fine Time - Silk Mix" - 6:19
- "Vanishing Point - Instrumental Making OutMix" - 5:12
- "World in Motion - Carabinieri Mix" - 5:52
- Bernard Sumner – vocals, guitars, melodica, synthesizer, electronics and programming
- Peter Hook – 4 and 6-stringed bass, electronic percussion, synthesizers and programming
- Stephen Morris – drums, synthesizers and programming
- Gillian Gilbert – synthesizers and programming, guitars
- New Order – production
- Michael Johnson – engineer
- Richard Chappell – assistant engineer
- Aaron Denson – assistant engineer
- Richard Evans – assistant engineer
- Trevor Key – cover design
- Alan Meyerson – mixing
- Peter Saville – cover design
- Bush, John. "New Order: Technique > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- Blender review[dead link]
- Ewing, Tom (10 November 2008). "New Order: Technique". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- Christgau, Robert. "New Order". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- Robbins, Ira (23 March 1989). "New Order: Technique". Rolling Stone (RS 548). Archived from the original on 18 October 2007.
- Mack, Bob (11 January 1991). "Plane Tiff". EW. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
- Harrison, Ian (2008). Technique (booklet). New Order. London Records. pp. 8–10.
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