Archive for September 1st, 2010

Sleeve Notes: Power, Corruption & Lies

1 September 2010

The cover of New Order’s second LP is widely considered to be among the greatest album art of all-time, and with good reason. Featuring a reproduction of Henri Fantin-Latour’s painting A Basket Of Roses, along with two coded color bars along the upper right hand corner, this is a perfect visual mixture of the organic and the synthetic. Much the same could be said of New Order’s music, which blended synthesizer, bass, drums and guitar into music that was equal parts disco, punk and electronica. The album title was taken from graffiti that appeared outside a 1981 German art exhibit, but the cover of Power, Corruption & Lies could stand for the direction of all music during the 1980s. Unfortunately, few bands bridged the analog and digital ages as artfully as New Order…