Brotherhood (New Order album)

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One of vinyl editions
Studio album by New Order
Released 29 September 1986
Recorded Jam, London; Windmill Lane, Dublin; Amazon, Liverpool (1986)
Genre Synthpop, new wave, alternative dance, post-punk
Length 43:30
Label Factory
Producer New Order
New Order chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Blender 5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A[3]
Pitchfork Media 9.5/10[4]

Brotherhood is the fourth studio album by the English rock band New Order, released in 1986 by Factory Records. The album contains a mixture of post-punk and electronic styles, roughly divided between the two sides.

Brotherhood includes the band's break-out single in the USA and Australia, "Bizarre Love Triangle". It is the only track from the album released as a single and as a video (although "State of the Nation" was on the CD). It found its way onto many 1980s soundtracks, including Married to the Mob.

The album sleeve was created by Peter Saville and is a photograph of a sheet of titanium-zinc alloy.[5] Some early releases come in a metallic effect sleeve.

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

In a 1987 interview with Option, Stephen Morris commented that the "mad ending" to "Every Little Counts" (which sounds like a vinyl record needle skipping the groove) is similar to the ending of The Beatles' "A Day in the Life".[6] Morris said: "What we should have done is make the tape version sound like the tape getting chewed up. The CD could have the sticking sound."[6]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by New Order; except where indicated. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Paradise"   3:50
2. "Weirdo"   3:52
3. "As It Is When It Was"   3:46
4. "Broken Promise"   3:47
5. "Way of Life"   4:06
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Bizarre Love Triangle"   4:22
7. "All Day Long"   5:12
8. "Angel Dust"   3:44
9. "Every Little Counts"   4:28
10. "State of the Nation" (CD versions only) 6:32

Certain editions, including the original Factory Records CD, the 1993 London Records re-release and the 2008 Collector's Edition, feature the 12" version of "State of the Nation" as a bonus track (although it is not listed as such). It is identical to the version found on Substance. It runs for 6:32, making the album's new total running time approximately 43:30.

2008 Collector's Edition bonus disc:
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle" (Shep Pettibone Remix)   6:44
2. "1963"   New Order, Stephen Hague 5:32
3. "True Faith" (Shep Pettibone Remix) New Order, Stephen Hague 9:02
4. "Touched by the Hand of God"     7:05
5. "Blue Monday '88"     7:07
6. "Evil Dust"     3:45
7. "True Faith" (Eschreamer Dub) (incorrectly listed as "True Faith (True Dub)") New Order, Stephen Hague 7:52
8. "Blue Monday '88" (Dub) (incorrectly listed as "Beach Buggy")   7:18
Total length:

"True Faith (Eschreamer Dub)" and "Blue Monday '88 (Dub)" are only incorrectly listed on the disc itself. The booklet included with all five re-issued 2008 Collector's Edition New Order Factory Records studio albums correctly identifies them.


  • New Order – production
  • Michael Johnson – engineering

Release details

  • UK LP – Factory Records (FACT 150)
  • UK Music cassette – Factory Records (FACT 150C)
  • US LP – Qwest (25511-1)
  • US cassette – Qwest (9 25511-4)
  • Canada CD – Factory Records / PolyGram (830,527-2)
  • UK CD (1993 re-release) – London Records (520,021-2)

Chart positions

Chart (1986) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[7] 15
Canadian RPM Albums Chart 70
New Zealand RMNZ Albums Chart[8] 22
Swedish Albums Chart[9] 33
UK Albums Chart[10] 9
UK Independent Albums Chart[11] 1
US Billboard 200[12] 161

See also


  1. ^ Bush, John. "New Order: Brotherhood > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Back catalogue: New Order | Blender Magazine". Blender. January 29, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "New Order". Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Ewing, Tom (10 November 2008). "New Order: Brotherhood". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Hall, Chris (1 September 2003). "Peter Saville : Designed By Peter Saville : Graphic Sex". Spike Magazine. 
  6. ^ a b Woodard, Josef (November–December 1987). "Out From The Shadows: New Order". Option. p. 77. 
  7. ^ "Discography New Order". Retrieved 3 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Discography New Order". Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Discography New Order". Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Brotherhood (New Order album)". The Official Charts Company. 29 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Indie Hits "N"". Cherry Red Records. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "New Order > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 

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