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A Review of the Album "Republic" by British Pop Rock Band New Order

Updated on January 18, 2024
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Introduction to the Band New Order and the Album "Republic"

New Order is a British pop, rock and techno band that has had such classic songs such as Regret and Young Offender. Their 1993 studio album called Republic has those two songs and it is the last album before they went on a hiatus. Sometimes you review a certain album not for the sake of providing a review but because the album represents a period of personal growth. The album lyrically focuses on love, lies, and relationships.


Why is New Order's Music So Special?

New Order is a band whose music has the potential to save my life and the lives of others because of the messages in the songs. Whether the album Republic does save my life or the lives of others that’s something that remains to be seen. As you take this musical journey with me, this is an opportunity to familiarize yourself with a band that is very creative!

About the Song "Regret"

Immediately that’s what the album starts off with as the song Regret is about a man that was in a relationship with someone that wounded his heart. He would love to have a place of his own, and a conversation on the telephone. The woman that was a stranger is now his. Or is she really involved with him? The first lyrical line about the man having forgotten the name and address of everyone that he has known is memorable because it has so much power to it vocally.


The Significance of the Songs "World" and "Ruined in a Day"

World is a song about doing what we can to stop the hate in the world and focus on the power of love. Can we feel it in the air? Love cannot be bought even if some of us think that we can do so. I recommend doing unconditional love meditations every night to really get the feelings of love into your body and send them out into this magnificent Universe of ours! However, it is VERY difficult to love everyone, particularly those that have acted hostile towards us but human nature is very flawed. The song called Ruined in a Day is simply a song that says that while we could take a step that ruins our day, some people like to deceive us. Some people feel like they need us. Like Bernard Sumner says in the song World, we should not have passion for the hate that is in this world. If we could buy love, what price would it be at?

"Young Offender" Original 1993 Version

Why is "Young Offender" the Best Song in the Album "Republic?"

Young Offender may be the best song in the album Republic! In the search for love, some people try to take advantage of others by making them their lover. Wounds cannot heal when you are dealing with your lover and there are underlying issues to resolve. The song is the best in Republic mainly because of the rhythms and instrumentation. Bernard Sumner's singing in this song is good as well!


Final Thoughts About New Order's 1993 Studio Album "Republic"

The song Liar is about a relationship that has hit a dead end because of one or both partners lying to each other. It gets to a point that we get tired of the lies and the nonsense that we end up dealing with. Times Change is another one of those outstanding songs. Lyrically the song is addressing that when times change, we feel so detached from the things that we need. And then, the greed in human beings starts to manifest itself in the outer world. Will our lives ever be the same in the 21st century? Overall, the album Republic is an outstanding album from this rock and techno band that has been active since 1980.

Strongest Songs in the album "Republic"

The strongest songs in the album are many including the ones that have already been mentioned. Other notable songs on Republic that deserve consideration are World, Ruined in a Day and Liar.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2018 Ara Vahanian


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