Republic (album)

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Republic
New Order Republic Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released3 May 1993
Recorded1992
Studio
Genre
Length47:37
Label
Producer
New Order chronology
Technique
(1989)
Republic
(1993)
(the best of) New Order
(1994)
Singles from Republic
  1. "Regret"
    Released: 5 April 1993
  2. "Ruined in a Day"
    Released: 21 June 1993
  3. "World (The Price of Love)"
    Released: 23 August 1993
  4. "Spooky"
    Released: 6 December 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Blender2/5 stars[4]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(3-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[6]
NME8/10[7]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[9]

Republic is the sixth studio album by English rock band New Order. It was first released on 3 May 1993 in the United Kingdom by London Records and on 11 May 1993 in the United States by Qwest and Warner Bros. Records. It was the band's first album following the demise of their former label Factory Records, and would be their last studio album for eight years until 2001's Get Ready.

Republic peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart, and was nominated for the 1993 Mercury Music Prize. Its lead single "Regret" became New Order's last top-five hit on the UK Singles Chart. The band went on hiatus following a gig at the Reading Festival in promotion of the album in August 1993. Lead singer Bernard Sumner was known to not like travelling to North America, and media reports suggested that the pressure of the long leg there contributed to the band's temporary demise, although they reunited in 1998.

Artwork[edit]

The album follows on the standard New Order principles of not having anything other than the credits and art inside the CD sleeve, and of having a Peter Saville-designed cover. The sleeve itself is a reference to the US, and in particular, California, where Saville had relocated. The sleeve displays different aspects of California—people relaxing on the beach, while some people's houses are being burnt down (a reference to frequent wildfires experienced in the state or perhaps to the 1992 Los Angeles riots); vast natural landscapes, contrasting to the skyline of Los Angeles, etc. Most images were taken from stock photo libraries to achieve a commercial look, and were heavily retouched. Several of these images have also been used in marketing, e.g., direct mailing, catalogues, and adverts for businesses. Another interpretation of the album's artwork alludes to the fall of Rome.[10]

Republic – The Limited Run..[edit]

A limited-edition version of the Republic album, entitled Republic – The Limited Run.., was also released in the United States. Although the tracks are the same as the normal release, the packaging is entirely different. Instead of a jewel case, the CD comes in a folding wallet made of bright orange vinyl underpadded with soft foam, giving it the feel of an inner tube. The CD's label is also redesigned, with no words but with a picture of several orange rubber inner tubes against a background of flames, a reference to the cover artwork. The booklet, tucked into a pocket of the vinyl wallet, is the same as the standard version, but made of a plastic waterproof material instead of paper.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Hague.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Regret"4:08
2."World"4:44
3."Ruined in a Day"4:22
4."Spooky"4:43
5."Everyone Everywhere"4:24
Side two
No.TitleLength
6."Young Offender"4:48
7."Liar"4:21
8."Chemical"4:10
9."Times Change"3:52
10."Special"4:51
11."Avalanche"3:14

Personnel[edit]

New Order[edit]

Musician credits for New Order are not listed in the liner notes of the album's personnel. Below are the instruments that the group typically plays.

  • Bernard Sumner – vocals, guitars, synthesizers and programming
  • Peter Hook – 4 and 6-stringed bass, synthesizers and programming, backing vocals
  • Stephen Morris – drums, synthesizers and programming
  • Gillian Gilbert – synthesizers, guitars and programming; vocal on "Avalanche"

Production[edit]

The actual liner notes list the album's personnel as follows:

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[11] 5
Canadian RPM Albums Chart 9
Dutch Mega Album Top 100[12] 47
German Media Control Albums Chart[13][14] 54
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[15] 24
Swedish Sverigetopplistan[16] 13
UK Albums Chart[17] 1
US Billboard 200[18] 11

As of 2006 it has sold 382,000 copies in United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. [19]

Singles[edit]

Billboard (USA)[20]
Single Chart (1993/4) Peak
position
"Regret" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 1
"Regret" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 3
"Regret" Modern Rock Tracks 1
"Regret" Hot 100 28
"Regret" Top 40 Mainstream 7
"Ruined in a Day" Modern Rock Tracks 30
"World" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 1
"World" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 26
"World" Modern Rock Tracks 5
"World" Hot 100 92
"Spooky" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 6
"Spooky" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ Modell, Josh (3 May 2005). "New Order: Waiting For The Sirens' Call". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  2. ^ Grant, Steven; Ira Robbins & Jason Reeher. "New Order". Trouser Press. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  3. ^ Bush, John. "Republic – New Order". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  4. ^ Wolk, Douglas (19 April 2005). "New Order: Republic". Blender. Archived from the original on 4 May 2006. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "New Order: Republic". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  6. ^ Hochman, Steve (15 May 1993). "'Republic' a Bit Too Comfortable". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  7. ^ Fadele, Dele (1 May 1993). "New Order – Republic". NME. Archived from the original on 12 October 2000. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  8. ^ White, Armond (24 June 1993). "New Order: Republic". Rolling Stone (659). Archived from the original on 2 October 2007.
  9. ^ Gross, Joe (2004). "New Order". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 582–83. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  10. ^ "New Order". Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  11. ^ "Discography New Order". Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved 3 November 2008.
  12. ^ "Discografie New Order". DutchCharts.nl. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
  13. ^ "German chart positions". Charts-Surfer.de. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2008. Note: User must define 'Quicksearch' search parameter as "New Order".
  14. ^ "Chartverfolgung / New Order / Longplay". MusicLine.de. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
  15. ^ "Discography New Order". Charts.ord.nz. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  16. ^ "Discography New Order". SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
  17. ^ "Chart Stats: New Order". ChartStats.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2008.
  18. ^ "New Order > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
  19. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/58848/ask-billboard
  20. ^ "New Order: Billboard singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 November 2010.