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New Order: Brixton Ace, London

Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, 26 March 1983

THE OMENS WERE poor. Judging from the new single, 'Blue Monday', you could be forgiven for supposing that New Order are simply the latest Factory group to cast off long coats and try for the killer punch of funk and fail; that the sophistication of their dance-oriented catharsis has been forgotten, their electropulse weakened into a ghost of it's former glorious self.

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