Pulling back slightly from the raw, dance-oriented Technique
, New Order
took a break for four years and then crafted another slice of prime guitar pop. In keeping with previous work, Republic
simply borrows elements of contemporary innovations in club music to frame a set of effortlessly enjoyable alternative pop songs. As on Technique
, the singles ("World," "Spooky") are the most danceable on the record, while lyrical concerns are among the most direct of the group's career, including "Ruined in a Day" and "Times Change," sure signs of the demise of Factory Records.