Lost Sirens

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Lost Sirens
New Order - Lost Sirens.png
Compilation album / Studio album by
Released11 January 2013 (2013-01-11)
Recorded2003–2004
StudioReal World (Box, England)
Length38:21
LabelRhino
Producer
New Order chronology
Waiting for the Sirens' Call
(2005)
Lost Sirens
(2013)
Music Complete
(2015)

Lost Sirens is a compilation album and the ninth studio album by English rock band New Order. It was released on 11 January 2013 by Rhino Entertainment. The tracks featured on the album were recorded during the production of 2005's Waiting for the Sirens' Call, but they never made it to the final release.

It is the final album featuring bassist Peter Hook, who left the band in 2007, and the only album by New Order ever produced from archival recordings currently. Lost Sirens drew mostly positive reviews, and it sold 4,678 copies in its first week in the United Kingdom.[1]

Production[edit]

As with Waiting for the Sirens' Call, Lost Sirens was written and performed by Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Phil Cunningham. The album was recorded at Real World Studios between 2003 and 2004; the production cost for the songs on both albums totalled £700,000. The songs featured on Lost Sirens were originally intended for release shortly after the release of Waiting for the Sirens' Call, but were shelved when Hook left in 2007. "Hellbent" was previously released in 2011 as part of the compilation album Total: From Joy Division to New Order.

It is the second New Order album recorded without Gillian Gilbert who left the band in 2001 to look after her family.

Release[edit]

The album was originally scheduled for release in late 2012. In a Brazilian interview to promote the reunited band's appearance in São Paulo, Gilbert acknowledged issues with former member Hook, and stated there was "a lot going on behind the scenes on the copyright" delaying the album.[2] The band announced in December 2012 that the album would be released on 14 January 2013. Prior to release, the album was streamed on the Rolling Stone official website from 11 January 2013.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic65/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[5]
The A.V. ClubC[6]
Consequence of Sound3.5/5 stars[7]
The Independent3/5 stars[8]
Metro3/5 stars[9]
musicOMH3.5/5 stars[10]
NME6/10[11]
Pitchfork6.8/10[12]
PopMatters7/10[13]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[14]

Lost Sirens received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 65, based on 14 reviews.[4]

The Independent's Andy Gill claimed that New Order's ninth outing "actually bests its parent album [Waiting for the Sirens' Call]". Gill particularly cited "I Told You So", "Sugarcane" and "Hellbent" as the album's better tracks.[8] Metro stated the album "offers few classics but will still delight fans of the band with its feelgood sound".[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Phil Cunningham.

No.TitleLength
1."I'll Stay with You"4:22
2."Sugarcane"4:50
3."Recoil"5:09
4."Californian Grass"4:35
5."Hellbent"4:27
6."Shake It Up"5:23
7."I've Got a Feeling"4:29
8."I Told You So" (Crazy World Mix)5:06

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Lost Sirens.[15]

  • New Order – production
  • Stephen Street – production, mixing (tracks 1, 4, 5, 7)
  • Cenzo Townshend – mixing (tracks 1, 2, 4–7)
  • Tore Johansson – production (track 2)
  • Jim Spencer – production (track 3); mixing (tracks 3, 8)
  • Mac Quayle – production (track 6)
  • Stuart Price – production (track 8)
  • Frank Arkwright – mastering
  • Gary Lancaster – project management
  • Studio Parris Wakefield – art direction, design

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 192
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[17] 155
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 137
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 68
Scottish Albums (OCC)[20] 27
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 74
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 23

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Netherlands[23] 11 January 2013 Warner
France[24] 14 January 2013
United Kingdom[25] Rhino
Australia[26] 18 January 2013 Warner
Germany[27]
Italy[28] 29 January 2013
Japan[29] 6 March 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Alan (21 January 2013). "Official Charts Analysis: Les Mis album tops 55k first week sales". Music Week. Retrieved 26 May 2019. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "New Order delays release of 'Lost Sirens' outtakes set, will play Australia in 2012". Slicing Up Eyeballs. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  3. ^ "New Order Unearth Rarities on 'Lost Sirens' – Album Premiere". Rolling Stone. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Lost Sirens – New Order". Metacritic. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  5. ^ Bush, John. "Lost Sirens – New Order". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  6. ^ Modell, Josh (22 January 2013). "New Order: Lost Sirens". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  7. ^ Gorman, Howard (24 January 2013). "Album review: New Order − The Lost Sirens". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  8. ^ a b Gill, Andy (12 January 2013). "Album review: New Order, The Lost Sirens (Rhino UK)". The Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  9. ^ a b Haider, Arwa (11 January 2013). "New Order's The Lost Sirens feels like a time capsule of sounds". Metro. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  10. ^ Green, Laurence (14 January 2013). "New Order – Lost Sirens". musicOMH. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  11. ^ Mackay, Emily (18 January 2013). "New Order – 'Lost Sirens'". NME. Archived from the original on 9 May 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  12. ^ Wolk, Douglas (17 January 2013). "New Order: Lost Sirens". Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  13. ^ Bergstrom, John (28 February 2013). "New Order: Lost Sirens". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 2 March 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  14. ^ Diehl, Matt (28 January 2013). "Lost Sirens". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  15. ^ Lost Sirens (liner notes). New Order. Rhino Entertainment. 2013. 2564653448.CS1 maint: others (link)
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