The first collection of new material in eight years from techno-rock pioneers New Order comes on the heels of a lauded Rhino boxed set devoted to the band's post-punk precursor, Joy Division. Then the

The first collection of new material in eight years from techno-rock pioneers New Order comes on the heels of a lauded Rhino boxed set devoted to the band's post-punk precursor, Joy Division. Then there was the summer release of the super-charged single "Crystal," the lead track here and the ideal sequel to such classic New Order hits as "Regret," "True Faith," and "Bizarre Love Triangle." With its guitar-heavy inflection and air of

optimistic abandon, Get Ready follows through fully on the promise of "Crystal" (as well as all the European press that greeted the set's mid-summer release there). After "Crystal," the raver "60 Miles an Hour" appeals best, along with "Rock the Shack," which enjoys extra oomph from members of Primal Scream. Offering far less are guest vocals from ex-Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan, who drags down "Turn My Way." As a whole, though, Get Ready shows vocalist/guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris maturing with their energy (mental and physical) intact, and that's more than many of their peers can say.—BB

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