• Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order

    7 Aug 2010, 08:58 by ctd55

    New Order's Power, Corruption & Lies.

    Track 1, "Age of Consent":

    The bassline bursts from the silence and never lets up. Indeed, the next thirty seconds are build-up: first the bassline, then manic drumming, then ringing guitar, then groaning keyboards, and finally a lonely voice. Off and running now, we won't be stopping. Energy and insistence dominate the song ... Well, and the bass--always the bass. Its tone is a little too high; it almost rings. Why? Because it's both laying down the melodic foundation of the song, as well as keeping things moving (with the help of breathless drumming). Against this rhythmic/melodic backdrop, the other instruments' entrances are events: the guitar struggles against the bass for melodic supremacy, and immense synth washes push other sounds aside. Let those sounds compete for your attention, and ignore the lyrics. They're standard rigmarole about a crumbling relationship--and not a word of it matters, for words can't approach the power and impact of the music…