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Format: CD
Label: Qwest
Catalog: 45250
Rel. Date: 05/04/1993
UPC: 093624525028

Artist: New Order
Format: CD
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''Republic'' was New Order's first album after the demise of Factory Records, and their last for eight years.

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. Another interesting dimension is that most images were taken from stock photo libraries to achieve the commercial look and heavily retouched. Several of these images have also been used in the most low-brow form of marketing, i.e. direct mailing, catalogues, and adverts for businesses. Another interpretation of the album's artwork alludes to the fall of Rome.

The album reached Number 1 in the UK, and is New Order's last chart topper. It also received a Mercury Music Prize nomination.

The band went on hiatus following a gig at the Reading Festival promoting the album in August 1993. Lead singer Bernard Sumner is known not to like travelling to North America, and media reports suggest that the pressure of the long leg there contributed to the band's temporary demise. They reunited in 1998. - Wikipedia

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