Brotherhood (New Order album)

Brotherhood is the fourth studio album by English rock band New Order, released on 29 September 1986 by Factory Records. It contains a mixture of post-punk and electronic styles, roughly divided between the two sides. The album includes "Bizarre Love Triangle", the band's breakthrough single in the United States and Australia; it was the only track from the album released as a single and as a video (although "State of the Nation" was included on the CD edition).

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Studio album by
Released29 September 1986 (1986-09-29)
ProducerNew Order
New Order chronology
Singles from Brotherhood
  1. "State of the Nation"
    Released: 15 September 1986
  2. "Bizarre Love Triangle"
    Released: 3 November 1986

The album sleeve, created by Peter Saville, is a photograph of a sheet of titanium–zinc alloy.[2] Some early releases came in a metallic sleeve.


Brotherhood saw the band further exploring their mix of post-punk and electronic styles, with the track listing being conceptually divided into "disco and rock sides".[3][4] Stephen Morris stated that the album "was kind of done in a schizophrenic mood that we were trying to do one side synthesizers and one side guitars", which he retrospectively stated "didn't quite work".[5]

In a 1987 interview with Option, Morris commented that the "mad ending" to "Every Little Counts" – which sounds like a vinyl record needle skipping the groove – is similar to the ending of The Beatles' "A Day in the Life".[6] Morris said: "What we should have done is make the tape version sound like the tape getting chewed up. The CD could have the sticking sound."[6]

Influences of Richard Wagner's Prelude to Das Rheingold can be heard throughout the track "All Day Long." New Order have subsequently used the piece as a concert opener.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [3]
The A.V. ClubA−[4]
Blender     [7]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [10]
Uncut     [12]
The Village VoiceA[13]

Reviewing Brotherhood for the Los Angeles Times, Steve Hochman wrote that New Order "makes atmospheric grooves with more finesse than any contemporary computer-rocker".[14] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice rated it a 'Pick Hit' and remarked: "The tempos are a touch less stately, the hooks a touch less subliminal. Bernard Sumner's vocals have taken on so much affect they're humane. And the joke closer softens up a skeptic like me to the pure, physically exalting sensation of the music."[13]

In a 1993 retrospective review, Q wrote that Brotherhood was too similar to Low-Life and "suffered from an absence of truly great songs, 'Bizarre Love Triangle' excepted."[15] John Bush of AllMusic was more favourable, writing that "for better and worse, this was a New Order with nothing more to prove – witness the tossed-off lyrics and giggles on 'Every Little Counts' – aside from continuing to make great music."[3] David Quantick of Uncut noted an "increased tension between the frequent beauty of the music and the band's Northern self-consciousness" and concluded: "This was New Order becoming New Order and if anyone was entitled to not be Joy Division, they certainly were."[12] The A.V. Club's Josh Modell called Brotherhood "an unsung great of the catalog that's dwarfed a bit by its massive single".[4]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by New Order, except where noted.

Side one
3."As It Is When It Was"3:46
4."Broken Promise"3:47
5."Way of Life"4:06
Side two
6."Bizarre Love Triangle"4:22
7."All Day Long"5:12
8."Angel Dust"3:44
9."Every Little Counts"4:28
Total length:37:07
CD edition bonus track
10."State of the Nation"6:32
Total length:43:39


  • Certain editions, including the original Factory Records CD, the 1993 London Records re-release and the 2008 Collector's Edition, feature the 12″ version of "State of the Nation" as a bonus track (although it is not listed as such). It is identical to the version found on Substance. It runs for 6:32, making the album's new total running time approximately 43:39.
2008 Collector's Edition bonus disc
1."Bizarre Love Triangle" (Shep Pettibone Remix) 6:44
3."True Faith" (Shep Pettibone Remix)
  • New Order
  • Hague
4."Touched by the Hand of God" 7:05
5."Blue Monday '88" 7:07
6."Evil Dust" 3:45
7."True Faith" (Eschreamer Dub) (incorrectly listed as "True Faith (True Dub)")
  • New Order
  • Hague
8."Blue Monday '88" (Dub) (incorrectly listed as "Beach Buggy") 7:18
Total length:54:25


  • "True Faith" (Eschreamer Dub) and "Blue Monday '88" (Dub) are only incorrectly listed on the disc itself. The booklet included with all five re-issued 2008 Collector's Edition New Order Factory Records studio albums correctly identifies them.


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Brotherhood.[16]


Chart (1986) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[17] 15
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[18] 69
European Albums (Music & Media)[19] 50
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[20] 22
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 33
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 9
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[23] 1
US Billboard 200[24] 117

Release historyEdit

  • UK LP – Factory Records (FACT 150)
  • UK Music cassette – Factory Records (FACT 150C)
  • US LP – Qwest (25511-1)
  • US cassette – Qwest (9 25511-4)
  • Canada CD – Factory Records / PolyGram (830,527-2)
  • UK CD (1993 re-release) – London Records (520,021-2)


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