New Order – Movement
Movement is the debut studio album by English rock band New Order, released on 13 November 1981 by Factory Records. Recorded in the wake of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis‘ suicide the previous year, the album is a continuation of the dark post-punk sound of Joy Division‘s material, increasing the use of synthesizers while still being predominantly rooted in rock. At the time of its release, the album was not particularly well received by critics or audiences, only peaking at number thirty on the UK Albums Chart; the band would gradually shift to a more electronic sound over the course of the next year.
In the decades since its release, retrospective critical reception has been very positive, with reviewers praising the album as a middle ground between the band’s work as Joy Division and their subsequent alternative dance material. Slant Magazine placed the album at number 42 on its list of the “Best Albums of the 1980s”, saying it “exists almost exactly in between Joy Division‘s post-punk sound and the synth-pop style that would come to define New Order and influence pop music for decades”.