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Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order

Power, Corruption & Lies

by New Order


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Barcode: 0825646888054
Format: Vinyl
Media: Mint (M)
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”Power, Corruption & Lies,” New Order’s second studio album, was released on 2 May 1983 by Factory Records. It showcased a shift towards electronic tracks compared to their debut, “Movement,” featuring extensive synthesiser use. The album received widespread acclaim, earning a place in industry lists of the greatest albums of the 1980s and all time.

The cover artwork, designed by Peter Saville, featured a colour-based code representing the band’s name and album title. The cover displayed a reproduction of Henri Fantin-Latour’s painting, “A Basket of Roses,” held in the National Gallery. The flowers were interpreted to symbolise how power, corruption, and lies infiltrate lives.

Originally intended for a Renaissance portrait, the album cover underwent a serendipitous change to Fantin-Latour’s painting, creating a deliberate collision of romantic and classic imagery with modern typography. The cover’s ownership posed initial challenges, but Tony Wilson’s persuasive efforts led to its use.

The cover attained further recognition by appearing on a set of “Classic Album Cover” postage stamps in 2010. Fashion designer Raf Simons and street-fashion label Supreme also incorporated elements of the album’s artwork in their collections.

Critically, “Power, Corruption & Lies” was acclaimed upon release and maintains its regard. In a contemporary Rolling Stone review, it was hailed as a “remarkable declaration of independence” and a “quantum leap” over their previous work. The Village Voice’s Robert Christgau found it “relatively gentle and melodic” yet characteristic of the band. The album ranked at number 23 in The Village Voice’s 1983 Pazz & Jop critics’ poll.

In retrospective reviews, The A.V. Club’s Josh Modell described it as “the sound of a band coming out of the shadows,” and AllMusic’s John Bush asserted it “cemented New Order’s place as the most exciting dance-rock hybrid in music.”

Over the years, “Power, Corruption & Lies” secured its position in various rankings, including Rolling Stone’s lists of the greatest albums of the 1980s and all time, Pitchfork’s best albums of the 1980s, and NME’s 500 greatest albums of all time.

A1 Age Of Consent
A2 We All Stand
A3 The Village
A4 5 8 6
B1 Your Silent Face
B2 Ultraviolence
B3 Ecstasy
B4 Leave Me Alone
Catalogue No.: 825646888054
Barcode: 0825646888054
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop
Label: London Records
Released: 2015
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Repress, 180 Gram

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