Of all of the Salford foursomes' albums between Movement and Republic, Technique seems to be regarded by certain critics, and even some of their most rabid fans, with a degree of rare noncommittal apathy. Dismissed at the time as the “Ibiza” album, the widely held perception on it's release was that it embodied the pitfalls of their over indulgence in artisan remixers, with the resulting concoction sounding like it was a remix of a New Order album.
Even speaking in "True Faith: An Armchair Guide to New Order", the less than critically reproachful Dave Thompson describes it as “…unquestionably a child of it’s time” (The period in question being the Madchester era – despite Technique’s release predating The Stone Roses eponymous debut by almost 10 months) and then by his own standards going on to opine savagely that it “…loses much of it’s appeal if you should ever tire of the epoch it evokes”.
Much of that opinion was formed, you may think, in reaction to the band’s well publicized activities whilst on the white island, as an initial four months located at Mediterranean Studios resulted in a few drum tracks, but primarily a newly gained public reputation for rock star entertainment. Finished off (Or more accurately started) at Peter Gabriel’s studio in the less hedonistic British city of Bath, if Technique is to be associated with any place in the world other than Manchester, it should surely have been Detroit; had opener "Fine Time" been stripped of it’s cliched blaxploitation vocal and then quietly released under a pseudonym by say, Juan Atkins or Marshall Jefferson, it would've immediately been hailed as a techno classic.
Two and a half years after the at best patchy Brotherhood, it also probably suffers in purists eyes from being the first New Order album which commits the crime of sidelining the group's traditional chassis. This heresy – neutering Peter Hook’s blood-axe in preference for banks of computer generated melodies whilst the rhythm giver fumbles around in the mix sounding like a lost child – is in fact what made Technique so compulsive and accessible. Look, it’s still patently a New Order album; "All The Way" sounds like a cleaned up cousin to anything on Brotherhood, "Run" takes the thread back even further to Low-Life and "Guilty Partner" into eons past via Power, Corruption and Lies.