New Order + Liam Gillick - ∑ (No, 12K, Lg, 17mif)

There are plenty of New Order live albums based on the classics. Recorded at 2017’s Manchester International Festival, So It Goes concentrates on the lesser-known, with Shellshock and Bizarre Love Triangle the only huge tunes among 18 tracks. No matter.

Shorn of artist Liam Gillick’s visuals, you can still appreciate the delight New Order take in dusting off All Day Long from Brotherhood and Technique’s rattling Dream Attack. A bludgeoning Hey Joe from Waiting For The Sirens Call is an obscurity too far but, in this context, Behind Closed Doors from Get Ready is a well-chosen atmospheric finale.

Looking as gorgeous as New Order’s best artwork, the three red, green and blue LPs and 24-page book are housed in packaging almost as elegant as Gillian Gilbert’s keyboards on Elegia.

8/10

John Earls

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