After getting the chance to see New Order in Chicago in October, I’ve been looking forward to the release of the non-album material left over from the band’s last album, Waiting for the Sirens’ Call. The collection, called Lost Sirens, is an eight track album that gives New Order fans even more material to hold on to.
“I’ll Stay With You” is the opening track, and immediately I questioned why this song didn’t make it on the album. The song seems to fit the mood of the album more than say… “Working Overtime” did. Beautiful instrumentally and lyrically, this collection seems very promising so far. With “Sugarcane”, I asked myself the same thing. This time, I think it should have just been added as a 12th track. It’s upbeat and more catchy than some of the songs on the original album.
“Recoil” is a song that makes sense to me as to why it didn’t make the final cut. Compared to the rest of the album and songs recorded during the making of Waiting for the Sirens’ Call, it doesn’t seem like it would really fit the rest of the album. Not a bad tune, just something a little different from the band. “Californian Grass” has a more bold sound to it and I could have easily seen this song on Get Ready or could have been released on the Total compilation.
…which brings us to the next song, an alternate or original mix of “Hellbent”, the exclusive track from the Total compilation. This track fell short for me for some reason, even with this alternate mix. Maybe it’s because I set my hopes very high when I heard about a new song getting released from the band’s Sirens’ era, but it’s just average if you ask me.
“Shake It Up” is one of the more dance and poppy tunes in the collection and reminds me of Republic era New Order, especially in the drums. This is not a bad thing at all. “I’ve Got a Feeling” adds a groovy bassline and poppy chorus, again adding to the diversity of this collection; another song that wouldn’t have really fit the mold for Waiting for the Sirens’ Call.
Lost Sirens ends with an alternative mix of “I Told You So” that is more deconstructed and bare compared to the album version, and it’s less electronic. Much like both the New Order releases in the 2000s, it appears Lost Sirens continues to include an eclectic mixture of dance, rock, and electronic music that only New Order can keep in balance. While I, like every other New Order fan out there, wishes there was more material, I can only hope that more material from other eras throughout the band’s history continues to be surfaced, mixed, and released.
Check out “I’ll Stay With You” below