New Order – Substance 1987 has sort of a matrix motif to it. Do you take the red pill or the blue pill? What if you take both? What’s cool is that you can hear a lot of where modern music is steamed from in this album. Electronica is almost meticulously analyzed layer by layer when you sit and pay attention to the tracks. Listening to it on vinyl has a homogenous feel to it because that’s how it was originally distributed. As pop as it is, Bizarre Love Triangle, even though it’s not my favorite track, is one of the best produced tracks I’ve ever listened to in my lifetime. The simple melody, the catchy lyrics and the production of the arrangement is beyond its years and not to mention complex. There are so many segments to that track. The build up to the break down. I mean, c’mon.
Do I prefer the red bill or the blue pill? Depends on any given day. They are equally compromised of favorites and rarely listened tracks. Red pill has more commonly played but the songs you care for are on the blue.
Now that you’re in a state of wtf is this guy talking about, I’ll just say I’ve probably mentioned this album a dozen times and still yet to see its predecessor. There’s great music out there but I’m waiting to hear that album that is the next portal to the evolution in music.