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Republic (stylised as Republic©) is the sixth studio album by English rock band New Order. It was first released on 3 May 1993 in the United Kingdom by London Records and on 11 May 1993 in the United States by Qwest and Warner Bros. Records. It was the band's first album following the demise of their former label Factory Records, and would be their last studio album for eight years until 2001's Get Ready.

Republic
New Order Republic Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released3 May 1993 (1993-05-03)
Recorded1992
Studio
Genre
Length47:37
LabelLondon
Producer
New Order chronology
Technique
(1989)
Republic
(1993)
(the best of) New Order
(1994)
Singles from Republic
  1. "Regret"
    Released: 5 April 1993
  2. "Ruined in a Day"
    Released: 21 June 1993
  3. "World (The Price of Love)"
    Released: 23 August 1993
  4. "Spooky"
    Released: 6 December 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Blender2/5 stars[4]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[6]
NME8/10[7]
Q4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[10]

Republic became New Order's second consecutive album to top the UK Albums Chart, and was nominated for the 1993 Mercury Music Prize. In the United States, it reached number 11 on the Billboard 200, the band's highest-peaking album on the chart to date. Its lead single "Regret" became New Order's last top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart. The band went on hiatus following a gig at the Reading Festival in promotion of the album in August 1993. Lead singer Bernard Sumner was known to not like travelling to North America, and media reports suggested that the pressure of the long leg there contributed to the band's temporary demise, although they reunited in 1998.

Contents

ArtworkEdit

The album follows on the standard New Order principles of not having anything other than the credits and art inside the CD sleeve, and of having a Peter Saville-designed cover. The sleeve itself is a reference to the US, and in particular, California, where Saville had relocated. The sleeve displays different aspects of California—people relaxing on the beach, while some people's houses are being burnt down (a reference to frequent wildfires experienced in the state or perhaps to the 1992 Los Angeles riots); vast natural landscapes, contrasting to the skyline of Los Angeles, etc. Most images were taken from stock photo libraries to achieve a commercial look, and were heavily retouched. Several of these images have also been used in marketing, e.g., direct mailing, catalogues, and adverts for businesses. Another interpretation of the album's artwork alludes to the Fall of Rome.[11]

Republic: The Limited Run..Edit

A limited-edition version of Republic, titled Republic: The Limited Run.., was released in the United States. Although the tracks are the same as the standard release, the packaging is entirely different. Instead of a jewel case, the CD comes in a folding wallet made of bright orange vinyl underpadded with soft foam, giving it the feel of an inner tube. The CD's label is also redesigned, with no words but with a picture of several orange rubber inner tubes against a background of flames, a reference to the cover artwork. The booklet, tucked into a pocket of the vinyl wallet, is the same as the standard version, but made of a plastic waterproof material instead of paper.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Hague.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Regret"4:08
2."World"4:44
3."Ruined in a Day"4:22
4."Spooky"4:43
5."Everyone Everywhere"4:24
Side two
No.TitleLength
6."Young Offender"4:48
7."Liar"4:21
8."Chemical"4:10
9."Times Change"3:52
10."Special"4:51
11."Avalanche"3:14

PersonnelEdit

New OrderEdit

Musician credits for New Order are not listed in the liner notes of the album's personnel. Below are the instruments that the group typically plays.

  • Bernard Sumner – vocals, guitars, synthesizers and programming
  • Peter Hook – 4 and 6-stringed bass, synthesizers and programming, backing vocals
  • Stephen Morris – drums, synthesizers and programming
  • Gillian Gilbert – synthesizers, guitars and programming; vocal on "Avalanche"

ProductionEdit

The original liner notes list the album's personnel as follows:

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[25] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[28] Gold 382,000[27]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Bush, John. "Republic – New Order". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  2. ^ Modell, Josh (3 May 2005). "New Order: Waiting For The Sirens' Call". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  3. ^ Grant, Steven; Ira Robbins & Jason Reeher. "New Order". Trouser Press. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  4. ^ Wolk, Douglas (19 April 2005). "New Order: Republic". Blender. Archived from the original on 4 May 2006. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "New Order: Republic". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  6. ^ Hochman, Steve (15 May 1993). "'Republic' a Bit Too Comfortable". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  7. ^ Fadele, Dele (1 May 1993). "New Order – Republic". NME. Archived from the original on 12 October 2000. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  8. ^ Kelly, Danny (May 1993). "Animal". Q. No. 80. p. 92.
  9. ^ White, Armond (24 June 1993). "New Order: Republic". Rolling Stone. No. 659. Archived from the original on 2 October 2007.
  10. ^ Gross, Joe (2004). "New Order". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 582–83. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  11. ^ "New Order". Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  12. ^ "Australiancharts.com – New Order – Republic". Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 0964". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – New Order – Republic" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  15. ^ "European Top 100 Albums" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 10 no. 21. 22 May 1993. p. 28. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved 15 June 2019 – via American Radio History.
  16. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin – levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  17. ^ "Le Détail des Albums de chaque Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 15 June 2019. Select "NEW ORDER" from the drop-down menu and click "OK".
  18. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – New Order – Republic" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – New Order – Republic". Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – New Order – Republic". Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  22. ^ "New Order Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  23. ^ "The RPM Top 100 Albums of 1993". RPM. Vol. 58 no. 23. 18 December 1993. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved 15 June 2019 – via Library and Archives Canada.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Albums 1993". Music Week. 15 January 1994. p. 25. ISSN 0265-1548.
  25. ^ "Canadian album certifications – New Order – Republic". Music Canada. 26 January 1994. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  26. ^ "British album certifications – New Order – Republic". British Phonographic Industry. 1 May 1993. Retrieved 15 June 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Republic in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  27. ^ Caulfield, Keith (5 April 2006). "Ask Billboard: New Depeche Order Mode". Billboard. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  28. ^ "American album certifications – New Order – Republic". Recording Industry Association of America. 8 March 1994. Retrieved 15 June 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.