Music Complete is New Order’s first album that doesn’t feature the work of founding bassist Peter Hook.
Tom Chapman, who played with New Order guitarist/vocalist Bernard Sumner in Bad Lieutenant and performed live with New Order since 2011, handles bass on the album. (Hook left in 2007). Keyboardist/guitarist Gillian Gilbert also plays on the album, her first with New Order since 2001. Iggy Pop and La Roux’s Elly Jackson appear on the record, as well.
While New Order without Hook’s distinctive sound may seem impossible to imagine, Rolling Stone says in its review that “Hook’s departure frees them to create their most varied and substantial work in decades.”
See if you agree after checking out the opening track, “Restless”:
Music Complete Track List:
- Tutti Fruitti
- People on the High Line
- Stray Dog
- Nothing But a Fool
- Unlearn This Hatred
- The Game