After twenty-five years together it seems remarkable that New Order are still seen as the epitome of cool. Much of this is due to their largely brilliant work in the 1980's which set new agendas for electronic, rock, pop and techno music. Since then there have been just three albums: 'Republic' was fine but disappointed because it deviated from their unique formula, 'Get Ready' largely succeeded in embracing the modern age but 'Waiting For The Sirens' Call' is the sound of a band in definite decline. The key elements of Peter Hook's distinctive bass playing and Bernard Sumner's melancholic warble are present and correct but it's the songs themselves which are missing. This only serves to highlight the lack of quality in the lyrics in which sentences seem to be purely put together for the purposes of making them rhyme. Thankfully some of the old magic is there. The sunny disposition of the title track appears to revisit the classic 'Run' and 'I Told You So' is a positive reminder of Sumner's Electronic project with Johnny Marr. Yet at its worst - as on 'Guilt Is A Useless Emotion' - they conjure up images of Dads at the disco who really should know better. With Hook and Sumner both due to reach the age of fifty in 2006, no one could have reasonably expected a return to their best form but a more dignified end product than this was surely well within reach.