“The set was perfect, sublime, uplifting. It is hard to remember which songs came when, though I do remember, “Procession” blending into “Ceremony” was beautiful. They did a lot of material from the new album MOVEMENTS [sic]. “Dreams Never End”, sung by Peter Hook was especially moving. The last song, and toure de force was definitely “Temptation”, which will probably be the next single. Bernard was left singing and staring Heaven-ward, hopefully. This was not the New Order I remembered, there was no gloom. They did not seem to conjure Ian’s ghost. This New Order was a complete unit with powerful ideas and music of their own.” - Laura Gisig
“As a live band, New Order have really nothing to offer but themselves and their skills. There’s not a hell of a lot to look at, to keep your eyes rivetted on stage, but their music glows, and that’s good enough. New Order’s sound and music is chins-up, and though it deals with a lot of edges and highs and lows, I find it to be surprisingly straightforward. Albrecht and Morris and Hook and Gillian use sound so well, they’re so firm yet so intricate, truly expansive. Yes, they are serious, but not gloomy at all. There’s this bounce to New Order that Joy Division rarely had (or was just beginning to develop near the end), a bounce that always keeps them moving, never down.
“…Throughout, the audience, disappointingly, remains polite, applauding measurably after each number but little more, barely responding to New Order’s feeling. They deserve so much better than to be intellectualized, and stodgily observed, filed away into post-new music, post neo-disco braniac gloom. Much of the other new music I hear on their level just lies lifeless, souless, and flat, but New Order soars.”- Tim Sommer
Dreams Never End
Everything’s Gone Green