Waiting for the Sirens' Call

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Waiting for the Sirens' Call
Studio album by New Order
Released 28 March 2005
Recorded 2003–2004
Genre Alternative rock, alternative dance, house, synthpop
Length 57:07
Label London
Producer New Order, John Leckie, Stephen Street, Stuart Price
New Order chronology
Get Ready
Waiting for the Sirens' Call
Lost Sirens
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[2]
NME (6/10)[3]
Pitchfork Media (7.9/10)[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]
Uncut 3/5 stars[6]
Stylus Magazine (D)[7]
Scene Point Blank (7.7/10)[8]
Sputnikmusic (3.2/5)[9]

Waiting for the Sirens' Call is the eighth studio album by the English rock band New Order. The album was released on 28 March 2005 in the United Kingdom and 25 April 2005 in the United States, and was preceded by the single "Krafty" in February. Two additional singles from the album were released: "Jetstream", which features vocals by Ana Matronic from the Scissor Sisters, and the title track of the album. The album was released at a time when the band were experiencing unprecedented recognition in the media.


Waiting for the Sirens' Call marks Phil Cunningham's recording and co-writing debut with New Order; although he had been playing live with the band since the Get Ready tour of 2001–2002. It is the first New Order album recorded without Gillian Gilbert who left the band in 2001 to look after her family. The album was recorded at Real World studios in 2003–2004, and production costs totalled £700,000. During the sessions the band also recorded seven songs intended for their next album, which was never completed as planned. These songs were shelved when the band split in 2007. One song, "Hellbent", was eventually released in 2011, and all seven (plus a remix of "I Told You So") were released as the album Lost Sirens in 2013.

This album was the first and only New Order album to have a title track. This matches their current trend of now using song titles which are in the song lyrics, a practice New Order rarely did before their 2001 album Get Ready. The Japanese release includes several alternate versions of "Krafty" as bonus tracks, including one sung in Japanese. This was the first time that lead singer Bernard Sumner performed in a language other than English on record. The lyrics were written by Masafumi Gotō. The US release of this album includes one extra track, a remix of "Guilt Is a Useless Emotion".


Promotional posters for the album utilised newly developed Hypertag technology to enable fans to download free content to their mobile phones, including ringtones, wallpapers or track previews, depending on the user's phone capability. This was one of the first implementations of such technology by the music industry.


This album was chosen as one of Amazon.com's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005.

The track "Guilt Is a Useless Emotion", released as a promo single, was nominated for Best Dance Recording award at the 2006 Grammy Awards.

"Hey Now What You Doing" has been used in an advert for the Indesit Moon.

"Krafty" is featured on the soundtrack to the SXSW Award-winning Best Narrative Feature 2009 feature film Skills Like This directed by Monty Miranda.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by New Order, except "Jetstream" written by New Order, S. Price, A. Lynch.

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Who's Joe?"   New Order, Jim Spencer 5:41
2. "Hey Now What You Doing"   New Order, Stephen Street 5:16
3. "Waiting for the Sirens' Call"   New Order, Jim Spencer 5:42
4. "Krafty"   New Order, John Leckie 4:33
5. "I Told You So"   New Order, Jim Spencer 6:00
6. "Morning Night and Day"   New Order, Stephen Street 5:12
7. "Dracula's Castle"   John Leckie, New Order 5:40
8. "Jetstream"   Stuart Price, New Order 5:23
9. "Guilt Is a Useless Emotion"   Stuart Price, New Order 5:39
10. "Turn"   New Order, Stephen Street 4:35
11. "Working Overtime"   New Order, Stephen Street 3:26




  • Beatrice Heatherly – additional vocals on "Guilt Is a Useless Emotion"
  • Ana Matronic – co-lead vocals on "Jetstream"
  • Mac Quayle – keyboards, additional programming
  • Dawn Zee – additional vocals on "I Told You So" and "Guilt Is a Useless Emotion"

Chart positions[edit]

Album charts
Chart (2005) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[10] 15
Austrian Albums Chart[11] 38
Dutch Mega Album Top 100[12] 52
French SNEP Albums Chart[13] 22
German Media Control Albums Chart[14][15] 14
Italian FIMI Albums Chart[16] 37
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[17] 19
Swedish Albums Chart[18] 7
Swiss Albums Chart[19] 46
UK Albums Chart[20] 5
US Billboard 200[16] 46
US Billboard Top Electronic Albums[16] 1
US Billboard Top Internet Albums[16] 46
US Billboard European Top 100 Albums 6
Singles charts – Billboard (North America)
Single Territory/Chart (2005) Peak
"Krafty" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 2
"Krafty" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 4
"Krafty" Hot Singles Sales 18
"Krafty" European Hot 100 Singles 33
"Jetstream" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 3
"Jetstream" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 7
"Jetstream" European Hot 100 Singles 61
"Guilt Is a Useless Emotion" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 3


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