Waiting for the Sirens' Call

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Waiting for the Sirens' Call
New Order Waiting for the Sirens Call album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released28 March 2005
New Order chronology
Get Ready
Waiting for the Sirens' Call
Lost Sirens
Singles from Waiting for the Sirens' Call
  1. "Krafty"
    Released: 7 March 2005
  2. "Jetstream"
    Released: 16 May 2005
  3. "Waiting for the Sirens' Call"
    Released: 19 September 2005
  4. "Guilt Is a Useless Emotion"
    Released: 2006 (promo only)

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 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 Peter Hook quit the group 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 translated by Masafumi Gotō. The USA 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.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[5]
Blender3/5 stars[6]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[7]
Mojo2/5 stars[8]
Q2/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[11]
Uncut3/5 stars[12]

The album itself was dealt many indecisive and polarizing reviews, but has received positive reviews since its release.

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 tracks written by New Order, except "Jetstream" written by New Order, S. Price and A. Lynch.

1."Who's Joe?"New Order, Jim Spencer5:41
2."Hey Now What You Doing"New Order, Stephen Street5:16
3."Waiting for the Sirens' Call"New Order, Jim Spencer5:42
4."Krafty"New Order, John Leckie4:33
5."I Told You So"New Order, Jim Spencer6:00
6."Morning Night and Day"New Order, Stephen Street5:12
7."Dracula's Castle"John Leckie, New Order5:40
8."Jetstream"Stuart Price, New Order5:23
9."Guilt Is a Useless Emotion"Stuart Price, New Order5:39
10."Turn"New Order, Stephen Street4:35
11."Working Overtime"New Order, Stephen Street3:26
USA bonus track
  1. "Guilt Is a Useless Emotion" (Mac Quayle Vocal Mix) – 6:29
Japan bonus tracks
  1. "Krafty (Japanese Version)" – 4:33
  2. "Krafty (The Glimmers Twelve Inch Extended)" –6:55
  3. "Krafty (Phones Reality Remix)" – 7:07


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.


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

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[13] 15
Austrian Albums Chart[14] 38
Canadian Albums Chart[15] 29
Dutch Mega Album Top 100[16] 52
French SNEP Albums Chart[17] 22
German Media Control Albums Chart[18][19] 14
Italian FIMI Albums Chart[20] 37
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[21] 19
Swedish Albums Chart[22] 7
Swiss Albums Chart[23] 46
UK Albums Chart[24] 5
US Billboard 200[20] 46
US Billboard Top Electronic Albums[20] 1
US Billboard Top Internet Albums[20] 46
US Billboard European Top 100 Albums 6

As of 2006 it has sold 89,000 copies in United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. [25]


Single Territory/Chart (2005/06) 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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