Joy Division are the scenic route I choose not to take on the road to New Order. I've no problem with depressing, off-kilter deconstructed punk dance, but I can't find a way into Curtis' gothic vocals or the tawdry rhythms.
I feel like I'm SUPPOSED to like Joy Division. On paper, at least. They were the front wave of the post-punk movement and it shows. It's still mostly punk. But something about it just ... doesn't hit. I think it's mostly that it's missing the sheer, nihilistic joy of punk music. Instead, it's unrelentingly dark and moody. It's not bad and, if I were in the right mood, I imagine this would absolutely hit some buttons. But I'm not generally in a dark depressed mood so, instead, I'm left just feeling "meh" about it.
I should have been listening to this in the late 70's, not the Village People and Donna Summer. The dark tone and intensity are great. Very enjoyable.
Another depressing album. I mean this is expected from Joy Division. But this is a great listen, it's tough to get through as it doesn't have the 'pop-y' lyrics or face melting guitar solos or crazy drum beats. They keep the instrumentals down played and this keeps the down trodden mood that Joy Division is know for. Sometimes you feel down and just want your listening experience to mirror that and this does that so well.
Gloomy as all hell but fantastic. Ian Curtis's voice really makes the album.
While other albums, most notably 1977's Suicide S/T, could be considered more ground-breaking, Unknown Pleasures holds a significant place for its influence while holding up as a fantastic album in its own right. I especially note the songcraft and song variety even while keeping a consistent tone.
A very strong new wave/post-punk album with a cohesive atmosphere across each track. No weak songs, and great production that still holds up well today. 9/10, pretty nice
I like all the songs on this album so gotta be a 5 from me. Plenty of low-end stuff like the melodic bass, moody vocals and low tuned drums appeal to me. I can embrace the gloomy atmosphere they create because I feel they manage to add enough variety in there with samples, synths and effects coming in and out like in "Candidate". I can feel the sloppy guitar-work, lazy singing and repetition balances well against the melodic hooks, varied effects (plus loads of that distinctive reverb to fill out the high end) and occasional synths creating something that sounds kinda melancholic. Overall, it's trying a lot harder than classic punk rock (so I think that's why "post-punk" makes sense as a genre label here). Although apparently this also comes under the sub-genre of "gothic rock". Despite their production value and polish, if you can stomach it, listening to the live tracks on the Collector's Edition is quite an experience. They play with much fewer effects (less delay/reverb/chorus pedals but plenty of distortion). Hearing so many bum notes, volume failures, amp feedback, clipped audio and distorted shouting, muddy harmony, flat drums and drunk people shouting really makes you feel like you're there watching the best worst gig ever. There's nothing more punk than that and I love it. Considering they weren't working with a whole lot of gear in 1979, I think they did a great job of creating different sounds and vibes throughout this album. My favourite track is definitely "Disorder", which The 1975 totally ripped off, although maybe it was a respectful homage, which is apt considering this band is supposedly very influential, and the singer committed suicide, really adding some contextual weight to this downbeat album.
classic. perfect. haunting. depressing as fuck. ian curtis was a goddamn genius. 5 stars. new dawn fades has always been a favorite
Very gloomy. Very dark. Very exciting. I have listened to this album several times. Makes me want to die slightly, however, this dark, gloomy atmosphere is so well done, that I have no problem with that.
Frankensteins beautiful monster…. Part post punk, part industrial cityscapes, beautiful tortured lyrics all brought to life by the genius madness of Martin Hannett!
Probably the most influential album on the music of the last four decades, super easy five stars.
a magnificently bleak record, songs of dread and gloom and dissociation, filled with slightly odd driving rhythms, rumbling bass, and peppered with strange noises
Fun, dark, and gothy, I liked it a lot. Part of me wants to give it a 5, but I think that relates more to the iconography and story of the band rather than the music itself, which sits at a solidly high 4 for me.
Joy Division is a band I really want to love more. Their sound is heavy, angular, harsh...depressing. This is a good album, but not one I seek out to listen to regularly. I prefer them when they became New Order.
Very depressing - Wife said, if you really want to listen to that grab your headphones and make sure there are no knifes or guns around. - Guess that said it all.
Da der Sänger zu früh verstorben ist, mag es etwas unhöflich rüberkommen, wenn ich folgende Assoziation teile, für die ich um Verzeihung bitte: ich sehe da immer Kermit den Frosch aus der Muppet Show am Mikro. Ich kann der Musik beim besten Willen nichts gutes abgewinnen und halte das gesamte Oeuvre von Joy Division für komplett verzichtbar.
Not as good as the follow up
Know it, love it
Hard 5. Where da 6 at?
Love it. So moody, so alternative, so unique. Does this mean I should've been a grunge kid?
A great album. Wonderful stuff.
amo mas mt dark
ian curtis was god damn brilliant
Classic album, lot of great tracks that really reaffirm the positivity of life and make you want to live life to the fullest.
This album is amazing. Now I really want to read the book you suggested John!
it was okay
One of my alltime favorites.
Hey guys which JD album had love will tear us apart on it
Not much comes close to joy Division.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Goosebumps every time I hear the start of "Disorder".
Manc misery never sounded so good. Best Tracks: Disorder, She's Lost Control, Interzone
Listen to this one a lot already.
Beautiful seminal cold amazing post punk
Das sind einfach krasse Texte.
one of the best albums on earth, A post punk masterpiece
Already listened. Amazing album
a flawless desolate post-punk classic
Fantastic vibes on some Great Scott stuff
New-wavy, Post-punk goodness. I’ve listened to this a bunch already but I feel like it just clicked. My only complaint is I feel like the end of the album is kind of abrupt. I think it deserves a little outro like Pet Sounds or Sgt. Pepper’s, but hats off anyways.
Solid solid album She's lost control is best
Not really much to say about this album. One if the most important albums in my life. Incredible sounds, incredible poetry, incredible production, incredible mood. In my top 10 favorite albums ever. 5 🌟
The perfect darkness
One of the best albums of all time.
One of the best albums ever in rock music!
One of my favorite albums
One of the best albums post-punk albums of all time.
Post-Punk Classic. 5
Red Starr, writing for Smash Hits, gave the album a generally positive review, describing it as a "bleak nightmare soundtrack". Starr described the lyrics as "mysterious" and "doomy."
It's perfect, sure, but maybe I could have paused it for a bit between the ages of 16-17 and spent some time outside with other kids
I mean. What can I say? This is an album I've listened to too many times to count. It's just perfectly moody, or at least it was for my teenage years. This album alone managed to influence music to this day, and you can really tell while listening to it. Ian Curtis voice is also perfect for what it does. Just a perfect album, would listen again and again and again and again.
Absolutely brilliant album!
Excelente marca de ropa 👍
best album all time excellent
Incredible. Classic. Withstands the test of time. A godsend. Rope.
genuinely one of the greatest albums of all time. in modern rock music, you don't hear the beatles or the rolling stones, you hear this album and the velvet underground
I knew this album was influential but this is actually my first time listening. New Order is one of my favorite new wave bands, and it's mind-blowing to learn that New Order was formed by the rest of the members of Joy Division
Top 20 album of all time for me. I fucking love it. I find it really upsetting a lot of joy divisions singles never Made it to their albums. They didn't want to rip off fans, and that's fairly fucking neat. However, it's so upsetting Transmission never got an actual album release. This is me saying, if you like this album, check that song out. Probably one of the truest songs depicting depression, atleast from my personal experiences with mental illness. I love it. If you like it, make sure to check out New Order too. They formed after the death of the lead singer Ian Curtis. They never really took on a new lead singer (I've read there was a lot of denial when it came to his suicide.) Their music and sound was much more dance hall post-punk and it's really phenomenal.
A classic. Teenage angst listening at its finest.
A classic. The only track I don't care for much is Candidate, but its at least ok. This album is so influential, so emotional, just so damn good.
One of the great and dark rock albums. This album sound is so influential (mainly the bass lines) that youu can trace it in almost every post punk album of the last 40 years.
a true classic, it can seem hard to get into initially but with a degree of perseverance you unlock a great album. Many layers and astounding writing.
Another favorite! Had a bootleg German pressing of this that fetched me some nice $$$ when I sold it. Minimal, dark and brooding. The sound of depression. Ian Curtis’s suicide note set to music. Meant to be listened to in its entirety. Highlights: Disorder & She’s Lost Control
Þyngsli. Gott stuff samt
Good sound waves. A candy to my ear canals.
A top 5 album for me all time. From the drop of the needle on Disorder...that drum sound like I've never heard before, that bass line so catchy, that ringing guitar and the opening lyric; "I'm just waiting for a guide to take by the hand".... I knew from that moment my life would never be quite the same. And it's not like there is any let up. Maybe the most harrowing 40 minutes ever committed to tape. If I could I'd give it 6 🌟
Such an important and influential album. A pre-cursor to so many different artists. Mythical
Music is emotion. And there's a lot of that on this album. Of the darker kind. The album isn't perfect, but almost there. 4.5*
3 brilliant albums in a row,? Surely not! Well yes. Joy Division wrote a brilliant album. It got some really powerful songs on it. Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but if it is, it’s bloody brilliant tea. Really enjoyed this. And the album cover is really special, it use of negative space and monochromatic colours make it really impressive and catch the eye superbly
Classic. Redefining. Cover art 5/5
That was good.
I wished to write this with as little hyperbole as possible, but this is one of the greatest albums ever made, quite possibly the greatest debut album ever made and an utterly mesmering, utterly unique work of art. Indeed, when I listen to Joy Division, they convince me that they are the greatest band of all. I acknowledge that not everyone appreciates their beautiful bleakness, but I also acknowledge that those people are fools. Still, hyperbole would lead to charges of reckless writing without sufficient content, so let's try for a more objective analysis. The first thing to strike the listener is the depth of the sound, a sound both colossal and intimate, conspiratorial even. Significant dues for this go to the difficult, eccentric genius producer Martin Hannett; for instance, he recorded each element of the drum kit on its own, so each sound wouldn't have the other drums bleeding into them (curiously, much of Joy Division initially disliked the faster-but-slower measured intensity Hannett's production brought, feeling it didn't represent the adrenaline-charged, uncompromising ferocity of their live performances; they have since accepted the Unknown Pleasures sound, reasoning correctly that it still sounds urgent and magnificent). However, it was the band that made this unprecedented music: bass-driven without being funky, heavy without being metal, recognisably rock (there's even a guitar solo on Shadowplay) yet somehow appearing to have evolved on a different planet to rock, Unknown Pleasures sounds newborn yet fully-formed, displaying an astonishing amount of craftsmanship for four boys aged barely 20. And we finally get to the singer, the perversely winsome Ian Curtis, who was (and I apologise for the hyperbole yet again) one of the most affecting, most powerful singer-songwriters ever to gaze into the abyss. I don't find it valuable to look at a work of art through the prism of the creator's biography: do you think George Orwell must have known a load of talking communist pigs? So I don't care to dwell on the heartrending end of Ian Curtis' life. Instead, I will query why Ian Curtis is seen as a figure in the tradition of romanticism. Ian Curtis' work is more modernist, in its focus on horrific extremes (just look at the name), its rejection of traditional forms, its ultra-expressionist tenor and its refusal to draw a pat conclusion (yes, I know there's significant overlap between romanticism and modernism, but I still assert that the Joy Division ratio was far more modernist than romanticist). Less Byron, more Bataille. Astonishingly, their next album would be even better, but that's a tale for another day.
Menacing and cool as fuck
Love this album, one of the greatest debuts of all time. So ahead of its time it can still give you chills over 40 years later. An absolute masterpiece.
Ooh, one that's in my record collection. If you like the t shirt, you may like the album too! The drop off from this to New Order is incredible. How they went from one of the rawest, bleakest most exciting bands ever with Ian Curtis, to Kraftwerk for illiterate football hooligans with New Order is fully baffling. She's Lost Control is one of the chilliest danceable songs ever. The whole album is like being enveloped in a blanket that makes you colder - in the best ways. Albums like this come once a generation.
La obscuritat feta disc. Gairebé impermeable, opac, dur, amb la producció tan característica de Martin Hannett, que és un dels protagonistes principals del so i del disc, que regnaria com a millor símbol d'un génere, postpunk i d'una ciutat i el seu moment, Manchester. Una obra mestra més pel seu significat, so i valentia que per les seves cançons
I went backwards to Joy Division, having heard a lot of New Order in college and only learning about their predecessor through early hits like Ceremony and then diving into JD albums all the way back to when they were Warsaw. This one is top-to-bottom good, with a range of pacing and tone while all staying distinctly within the band's sound.
Look up post punk in the dictionary. This is the album you’ll find. Ian Curtis and crew craft doom punk and goth rock that is equal parts dark and foreboding as it is springy and catchy. An all-time classic without doubt.
Si es que es más que imposible no decir que este álbum es bueno, por dios.
Who do you think you are to give this album less than five stars? You better have, I don't know, some kind of award you won somewhere for curing cancer through music or something.
Almost perfect - started a revolution in music. The genius is in Hannett taking the very good punk songs the band had written and then twisting them in to a different shape, thus creating the future.
Absolutely love this album ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Really quite nice. I should have known I would enjoy this.
Not usually my cup of tea, but this is really solid.
Dark, and rolling. I felt like I should be sitting on a tie-dye couch smoking a fat one with some guy under a funky light. Reminded me a bit of the Smiths.
Joy division. Enough said
Very good, nice and unique
I really like the soun although, it's very very dark, almost like a soundtrack to a futuristic sci fi movie. Prefer side 2 to side 1, especially tracks like shadowplay, she's lost control and interzone. Not an album I'd just throw on to listen to music, and perhaps slightly monotone but no denying it's brilliance.
Love the driving guitar and heavy bass. Some interesting songs.
classico porém não é meu estilo
It’s weird that the songs themselves didn’t make me eargasm but it was so cohesive and unpretentious that I found myself immeasurably drawn to it.
one of my favorite bands, and one of their best albums. From the instrumental compositions, to the sometimes gut-wrenching lyrics, it's fucking tragic that someone so young, and had so much talent, took his life. i could listen to this band all day,
Yuss, great album, even better cover art. This was hugely influential on post-punk, gothic, and darkwave, and probably a bunch of other genres too. Fave track - I dunno, "New Dawn Fades"? "Shadowplay"? "Disorder" is a cracking tune. Or for campy melodrama, "She's Lost Control"!
I can't listen to Ian Curtis' voice without replaying images from the film 'Control' in my head.. I felt a bit heartbroken all the way through
Have to admit that I’ve been trying to like the actual songs on this album (as opposed to just the mythology, artwork, etc.) for a really long time. Thankfully, it finally “clicked” this past year. This is one of those albums that definitely works better the louder you play it for whatever reason - perhaps because of how many songs are constructed around the bass guitar? At any rate, I get it now. And can see all the tendrils touching so, so many other bands I love. Highly recommend the podcast on Spotify that delves into all things Joy Division/New Order, as well, if you haven’t listened yet.
So ahead of its time. Can be forgettable in some parts, but when it’s going, it’s doing wonderful
4.3 * great album, too short
A fitting companion piece to one of the best-selling t-shirts of all time.
Pretty dark, but definitely interesting
I really liked this album. The vocals sometimes turned me off, but I got a Doors vibe with some of the spoken lyrics. The music took it over the top for me. Pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this. Made me feel like an angsty teen. Great shirt.
Classic overall album and sound but wouldn't say the songs are that strong individually
Nazwa znana, ale raczej nie slyszalem nic z ich dorobku przed tym listowym pickiem, a bylo to dosc unikalne doswiadczenie, jedno z najprosciej zagranych rokowan post punkownia nowej fali jaki ta lista obrodzila, oczywiscie po stronie brytyjskiej, pierwotna nazwa bandy to warszawka zainspirowana warszawka bowiego z lowa ktory juz byl na liscie wymieniony, a skad ta unikatowosc wsrod brytyjskiej punkowosci, glownie z tego ze ze wszystkich stron zamiast buntu zlosci, walki z czyms wylewa sie depresyjna apatia w ktora sluchacz jest zanuzany, za sprawa wyeksponowanego basa i wrecz sterylnego druma, pomaga tutaj rowniez maniera wokalna ktora posiada Curtisa, ktory poza spiewem byl glownym tworca tekstow, ktore opieraly sie na jego wierszydlowaniu, co dosc wyraznie slychac, nie ma typowej budowy i podzialu zwrotkowo refrenowej, dopiero po przesluchaniu dowiedzialem sie, ze dlugiej kariery nie mial, bo zakonczyl ja na sznurze od prania i sluchajac na slepo tej plyty da sie to wyczuc, to nie sa smithy i ich depresja wieku mlodzienczego, tylko cos bardziej na ksztalt pogodzenia sie z nia i apatyczne wspolzycie z nia, zagadka tak surowego brzmienia moze tkwic rowniez w tym, ze banda w swoich 3 latach dzialalnosci zprogresowala od calkowitego zera muzycznego do tworzenia czegos czego jeszcze nikt nie gral, bo historia poznania sie bandy na koncercie sex pistolsow juz sama w sobie brzmi jak bajka punkowych kopciuszkow, kazdy moze grac skoro sex pistolsy moga, tak tez zrobili i zaczeli bandowanie, ale nie same granie czy spiewanie czyni plyte, bo produkcja rowniez stoi na wysokim poziomie, wykorzystujac proste granie stworzyc odpowiedni mu klimat przez odpowiednia ekspozycje, zwlaszcza jesli chodzi o bas, to bedzie jeden z tych albumikow ktory trzeba przesluchac w calosci, ale na plejke wrzuce trzy traki ktore najbardziej do mnie trafily, otwierajacy disorder, candidate i shadowplay
An obvious post punk classic. "New Dawn Fades" "Day Of the Lords", "Shadowplay", "Remember Nothing" are my favorites.
Duistere muziek en een inspiratie geweest voor veel New Wave. Op zich niet erg fan van het genre, maar dit album vond ik wel oké. 3,5/5 voor de muziek + 0,5 Nerdpunten voor de artwork
This is a great album and also a great example of the bands work. Every track throughout thoroughly represents the genre at the time. I’m certainly more interested in digging into more Joy Division albums because of this one. 4 Stars!
Schönes düsteres kraftvolles Album. Shadowplay ist stark. Kathi, wir haben doch mal die Doku über den Sänger im Kino gesehen, fand ich sehr berührend.
Dark and uncompromising. Let's dance to it.
Wenn noch Gitarre dabei wäre… aber große Songs
Tolles und besonderes Album. Endlich mal gehört und nicht nur gesehen. Für 5 Sterne fehlt mir der Gitarren-Fokus!
Nice, if a little short
Very melodramatic, but a great post-punk album. 8.0/10
Album Song Ranking: Day of the Lords I Remember Nothing Insight Disorder Wilderness Shadowplay New Dawn Fades Candidate She's Lost Control Interzone
A true classic but perhaps a little dark for me
Eerie,simple, synth. 2/3rds of the way I dug it particularly. Can't believe it was a debut LP in 79.
Nice, chill, and rock-esque
This album is different from what I normally listen to but I like it. The mellow moments throughout the album are really calming and add to the odd sense of nostalgia the album gives me.
It’s quite hard going. There is so much sadness behind it. Isolation, loneliness. The up tempo tracks are thrilling. The production is excellent.
5/5 - not my jam, but interesting for what it is
Very loose and fun. Bassdriven riffs with a very punky attitude.
Now That's What I Call Goth Rock: The Early Years™️
post punk greate album nice cover / // lov the voice and my fav is Candidate //
Francamente creo que lo estoy calificando más mejor de lo que me gustó pero creo que se lo merece.
Love this music, but it's so depressing
Considering my only exposure to Joy Division is through Love Will Tear Us Apart, this was certainly an experience. Really liked it, it's going into the répertoire as a firm favourite
I recognized a few songs, a very harrowing but enjoyable album.
Neat little album! That first track is a bop.
Talk about mood music. A mouthwatering combination of surly bass, rolling drums and Debbie-Downer vocals that coalesce into a dark and gnarly record of the very fact of existence. My FIANCÉE said from a distance it sounds like some Soviet anthem, which isn't a bad way to frame it, perhaps. This is the music of walking through cities with the same sets of soulless tower blocks, greyed out people being put through a machine, and the watching eyes of big brother, and feeling your own soul vibrating inside you. How do you reconcile the two? Through unknown pleasures.
Weird how I don't think this is that good but it somehow draws you in
I’d seen the album cover art plenty of times. But had never listened to the album. I liked it
It's great, but honestly a bit samey for me to give it the full 5
Is there anything else to write about this? These songs have been omnipresent in my life for most of it. It's good. I can't imagine Ian Curtis discovering ecstasy and making a record like 'Technique' (maybe I would have been surprised) so a fairly limited discography helps permeate the myth. Great cover art though. PS I hate this website's UI. Why is it so hard to use? I was going to write some words about Jethro Tull's 'Aqualung' but rated it before adding comments and it won't let me go back to revise it. So anyway, I was having a prog moment a couple of months back and had a listen to 'Aqualung' and 'Thick of Brick' as part of the albums-I've-never listened-to-but-probably should. There's some interesting things going on by the band, almost a folky Black Sabbath, but it's just a bit too hey nonny nonny for me. Would I have liked this more as a teenager? Perhaps.
If dystopia had a soundtrack, this would be it. Pretty awesome, but some of the songs at the beginning were a bit repetitive. May not be my favorite Joy Division album
The best of this album IMO: - Candidate - She's Lost Control - Shadowplay - Wilderness - Interzone I like how imperfect it sounds. But it's almost grating at times (especially the vocals). That's the charm I guess. I had high expectations for this album and was not disappointed. 3.8/5
A very enjoyable listen
The first time I heard this album I didn't like it, but I re-listened to it now, and it turns out it's really good.
Not actually happy music but nice for the background
An album from my youth, a holy artifact to indie kids of my generation, to listen to it objectively now is interesting and almost impossible, Is it as good as it's considered, probably not. Was a massively important ground breaking album that has influenced so much since, definitely, yes.
Dark, brooding, unrelenting, excellent. A very engaging, if not enjoyable, listen. I'm much less familiar with Joy Division than I am with New Order, but the ingredients of the latter are clear here, despite the very different tone. An album I expect to revisit. 4.5/5
The album that launched a million t-shirts
I like the dark atmosphere of this album. Definitely worth a listen. Good bass. I liked Interzone.
I liked it and I'll come back to it
Liars + Airborne Toxic Event + _________. Not bad, loved the guitar tones and noodly sections.
Stilprägend. Killer Lieder, aber auch einpaar schwächere.
Really good slow, sad rock.
Excellent album as a whole- big fan of Disorder, and I enjoyed the other songs I listened to more than previous listens. Solid 4-4.5.
Rating: B or 80% Standout tracks: She's Lost Control, Wilderness, Day of the Lords, Shadowplay. A very good sophomore effort by one of the best bands in the world. The roughness and ruggedness of this album is undoubtedly untouched and remains in a league of its own. It's disquieting soundscape is lent unshakeable and uncompromising support by Ian Curtis's apocalyptic vocals. And one more thing, just love the cover art, straight up there with Dark Side of the Moon.
Really fun, def a great vibe. 4/5
She’s Lost Control is still phenomenal
I love an album that carries its energy all the way through, this is what separates a great album from a great collection of songs. And while it's far from uplifting, the peak songs on this come at moments which make them feel sublime.
Haunting. An acquired taste. Accomplished, but the lingering question is what might have been.
Well known to me. Still sounding so fresh.
I was dreading this when I saw it come up but honestly not that bad! had only ever heard Closer before. Still prefer Bauhaus or early Cure from this scene.
I kept getting B-52 vibes. It was an album, alright.
This definitely was a prelude to the 80s. Not terrible not great
couple alright old school punk songs but overall rather forgettable
Can you believe I've never listened to this album before. I'm giving it a 3 because I think it's worth like 3.5-3.8 but not a 4 and have a suspicion you indie fucks will die for this shit.
GOOD BUT HASNT AGED WELL HAS IT
some of its good but overall it is quite meh
this was a good album but honestly there were no songs I particularly liked or dislike :S
Oooo mama. Starts strong but fades. Experimental and ahead of its time.
The lead singer reminds me just a tad of the B52s. I feel like that sound must have been popular in the late 70s, as I’ve now had a couple of albums like that. Not a bad album in general, though not one I need to seek out more.
I know this is a classic t-shirt that speaks to millions but it didn't really do much for me. I liked it. Shadowplay stands out. I think if there wasn't so much mythology about the band I would have liked it more. Still an enjoyable listen.
Not as good as the last Joy Division album we had. Sounds like they're trying to be the velvet underground. I'm sure its great for those who want this, not my scene.
Shadow Play is phenomenal.
Such a peculiar experience - this is obviously an important and influential record, you can hear its fingerprints all over indie and alt rock that would follow in its wake - but as a listening experience, not really much fun. A strange mix of alienation and slowed-down krautrock for the most part, with some horribly dated production. I'm sure Ian Curtis was a compelling live performer, because the version of him on here isn't pulling up any trees. I'd prefer to listen to some Billy Idol, y'know?
Ich mag, was Martin Hannett hier mit dem Sound macht - diese Schroffheit, das kalt klirrende. Disorder setzt da am Anfang natürlich direkt Maßstäbe. In Kombination aber mit Ian Curtis‘ noch mal extra kalter Stimme ist mir das auf Dauer dann doch zu kalt, zu hart und zu dunkel, so dass man spätestens bei New Dawn Fades zu einer warmen Decke greifen möchte, gegen den dicken grauen Schleier der Schwermut. Mir, als zunächst mal New-Order-Fan gefällt Insights am besten. Und, bei Spotify, die Bonus-Liveaufnahmen aus der Factory. Roh natürlich auch, aber nicht ganz so kalt sondern sogar das Gegenteil. Für den „klassischen“ Teil ne 3,3.
Good music. Don't like the voice
It's interesting, it's atmospheric, it's uncomfortable and it's unique. I should like it more than I do.
good album, not something to listen to to listen to the music purely, but decent background music. all a bit of the same as well, not much difference for a passive listener between songs
Very good. I forget how deep and introspective this band sounds. Katey called it sit and think music and I agree. She also referenced people into art house movies before it was cool.
I did not know that Love Will Tear Us Apart was not on any of their studio albums. It's good, but a little heavy at times.
I don’t know if you have to be in the right space to enjoy this album but I just found it quite depressing. I’m giving it three stars because I know it’s a really well liked album and Disorder is a tune.
Got rather excited when this one popped up. The first track ‘Disorder’ is a cracking opening and for me, the best on the album. I did enjoy this all the way through, the strong, almost grunge guitar kept my interest. I will note that it seemed slightly samey throughout, that’s not to say it’s bad, just can be difficult to rate it quickly. Will probably regret these comments after some more listens. One brilliant track and some good ones. 3/5
Quite dark, Goth and Punky. Value for the electronic and distorted voice/band in 1979. Not my cup of tea though.
Worthy and "important". Not much fun though.
An OK British post-punk album. We've had much better ones on this list so far and although I like the style, it's often pretty samey and this one didn't stand out at all.
I wanna be one of the cool cats in a Joy Division Unknown Pleasures tshirt but I just can't get into this album no matter how hard I try.
Joy Division's debut still sounds wholly original and somewhat unique today which is a real testament for how their brand of gothic rock/post-punk broke norms back in the late 70s. While it isn't exactly my cup of tea when it comes to post-punk, there is a lot to enjoy in the processed drums, the melody driving bass work and dark moods that still feel so unique even after all the imitators they spawned.
#1 was fire, but the rest fell flat. 3of5
I'm aware that this is a very popular album, but I didn't get the hype. The lead singer had a good voice, but sounded pretty typical 80s. Some of the mix sounded interesting, but I wasn't blown away. 3/5
Enjoyed but never moves past it’s first sound. A hugely influential album however, and still very good
Muy bueno, original, emocional, depre, musicalmente interesante y como obra homogénea realmente notable
Loved this album. I knew one song before listening. Listened many times.
Underwhelming. My favorite track was disorder
Pretty good, sad bout the singer tho
A great document that practically screams "What might have been". Less than a year after this album's release, lead singer Ian Curtis hanged himself. This was the only Joy Division album released during his short life. Track 1 (Disorder) is a solid 5. The album gets murkier from there. Probably more on the overrated side, especially from the camp that suggests Joy Division should go in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame as a combo piece with New Order. You can hear distinctly the many bands influenced by this (especially The Smiths). I love "Disorder" and "Shadowplay". People tend to really heap too much praise on Curtis' vocals. They're fine, but to be honest, he gets over lauded because he died too young. Overall, it's indecently overrated, especially when compared to their follow up album.
I love the wild opening. Track 2 gives Doors vibes The bass on every single beat is pretty overkill in the middle of the album. The back end of the album picks up and I'm a fan of Interzone's punchiness
Ok for a rainy day mood :)
Gloomily influential but not my cup of tea
Was interested to get this album, I've seen the cover art referenced a lot but didn't really know what kind of music it would be. Very much the kind of music the goth kids in high school would have listened to. Thought there were some good songs, liked the opener, but it was a very hot and cold album with some really drawn out/downer tunes in there too. Surprised to see it was from 1979, definitely feels a bit before it's time.
6th October 2021 Listened while sunbathing / sleeping by the pool in Spain. Probably more famous for it's cover than it's content now, but I liked it. Progressive, different, and I liked the scope and scale of the music. I also enjoyed Ian Curtis's attitude towards people asking him what his lyrics meant.
Overall wasn't too impressed by this album. Disorder was good. I think the tone of the rest of the album doesn't quite resonate with me.
One of those ones that I can tell is good but it just isn't for me - too depressing! But I did enjoy a few of the tracks, especially 'Disorder'. Ian Curtis can really sing too, what a loss.
Good band but not exactly my type of music
-Probably one of the coolest album arts -Really like Joy Division -Love the dark and moody sound, it's great for fall weather -Love how simple it is but how there are different layers to the sounds in the song -Favourite tracks are Day of the Lords, New Dawn Fades, Shadow Play, Interzone,
Very difficult listening. It's great but not exactly my style. I can understand why so many people love it though.
Sometimes groovy, sometimes boring
Dark, gloomy, depressing.
I suppose this is the line where this becomes a personal project. I just find Joy Division so bland and samey... I love unique sound and recognise the talent, but that doesn't mean I want to listen to it (again).
Le style me dit quelque, pas trop mon style mais j’ai aime l’ecoute et ca brassait assez po7r ramasser les feuilles avec entrain. 3.15
I appreciate what they did for post-punk, but not a fan. Not garbage, just meh.
Actually don't like it very much. Expected too much because of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" It's probably a 4 but it didn't resonate with me this time. The album cover bumps it up to a 3 though
Næs plata, kannski ekki alveg minn tebolli en mér fannst hún frekar smooth
Alltså jag gillar det, men det är också så dåligt? Överskattat, men får en trea av bara farten
Kultplatta med bra renommé. lite som en cool poprock-föregångare till Depeche mode. Lider lite av att inleda med "Disorder" vilket överlägset är deras bästa låt(?) Rätt snärtig trumma och bra digitala effekter men annars rätt dåligt ljud på de analoga bitarna, stela och platta instrument och burkig sång skadar de mer simpla låtarna. Känns som sakerna hamnar i o-synk rätt ofta? misstag av musikerna eller i efterhand? O-charmigt oavsett. Några nuggets jag inte visste om fanns, bra jävla rock som växer på mig mer och mer.
Groundbreaking and moody but not my cup of tea. Couple bangers.
Mixes are spacious and beautiful. Drum tones and instrumentation on point. Vocals are typically pretty emotional sounding, although probably the weakest point of the album for me. Album did well to create a vibe that’s overall kinda spooky and left me uneasy feeling, but could have used some more variation
I know I should like Joy Division but the music just doesn't do anything to me. I know this is a seminal album but it falls flat to me and just sounds mediocre.
Fine? Didn’t dislike it, but nothing jumped out at me.
Some absolute classics on here but a lot of moody filler which doesn't really do it for me.
Still don't know 'em
Cool record. It's a hyped band and I'd say they live up to it pretty well. This is the first time I've listened to a whole Joy Division record together. One thing though: What's up with the intentionally "wrong" notes the bass plays in "Disorder?" Yuck. This is a band, based on this record, that I'm glad existed since they insprired a bunch of music that I love. But will I return for another listen? Not bloody likely! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx8jpyM5Vsw
The sound of this album is like waking up in the middle of the night, in a sleepy haze, and hearing the echos of a jam session reverberating through the alley and up into your loft window. The album's entire vibe is fitting of the title emo. It is seemingly purpose built to evoke somber emotions wedged somewhere between tears, rage and resignation.
every band steals from here. the national, the cure, u2, etc etc etc all wanted to be Ian Curtis and Joy Division
I can appreciate the significance of Joy Division, but this album wasn't for me. It blended together and didn't really have anything that stood out for me.
A few great songs and the others seem pretty good too. 3/5
Well, at least now I know what the t-shirts are referring to.
3.5/5 already got it, okeyish.
This album is really ahead of it's time. I can hear so many 90-00 indie/Alternative bands that are influenced by this album. I can se why this is an icon and important album. For me personally i didn't feel i got into it otherwise this would have been a 4 or 5.
Interesting soundscapes and moods, can definitely see the influence on later Manchester bands and post punk genres. Not all of it is actually that much fun to listen to, but the creativity is admirable.
Je suis beaucoup moins dythirambique que mon camarade d'écoute robpanière sur cet album, le trouvant plus ou moins convenable. Je tiens néammoins à le reprendre sur l'expérience réalisée à l'aide d'Audacity. J'ai moi même tenté l'expérience, lançant l'album de Joy Division, et demandant au logiciel de supprimer les bruits parasites. Rien ne se passa. En revanche, quelques minutes plus tard, l'intégralité des chansons d'Elvis Costello avait disparu de mon interface Spotify.
This was mixed. Some really good songs in there, mixed in with some slightly tedious dirge. I much prefer their other album. This one just sneaks a 3.
First of all, that album cover. It was on quite a few of my classmates' dorm room walls during college, even though the album was several years old by then, and despite its ubiquity (at least for a few years), I still love it visually. You can read about how it came about in the Wikipedia article. Musically, I hadn't remembered any of the songs or, quite frankly, even a vague sense of how the album might sound, so I honestly have no idea if I'd listened to it before. I used to think it had been released in the late 80s when I was in college, but now I know it was nearly a decade old, so maybe that's why I didn't hear it much. Not sure. I gave the album a listen and it has some good tracks. I like the post-punk styling, melodies, and rhythms. Feels quite familiar to me in that respect. Talented composers and performers -- some juicy bass lines, real nice guitar and drum work in there -- so it's overall enjoyable. I am not likely to run back to this one for a re-listen anytime soon, but it's a fine album.
Enjoyed some of the songs. You could hear the future New Order in the sound!
Never understood the appeal of these guys
Eh it was okay. I've seen this mountain album art on like 100 shirts, I don't think they are all fans it just looks cool
Actually a bit disappointed. For such a legendary album from a band that I like, I would have expected to be blown away. But I could not really get into it.
Still don't get it. Some interesting production choices, but would benefit from a few more chords and a lot less of Ian Curtis' vocals.
Here's an album that I might've enjoyed more at another time in my life or when I was feeling more jovial in general. Today's listen put it in the 2 star category, as the vibe just didn't jive with me.
Kinda crappy synth. The vocals were way down in the mix (probably because his voice isn't very good)
Hmm, kinda out of tune sometimes, e.g. Candidate
Would skip candidate. Liked Disorder until the end All sound like red right hand by nick cave
Niet mn ding
This album was okay. It had very heavy vocals and was very dark at times. I felt like it was all over the place and didn't know what type of genre they were going for
Very whiny and shite
I really tried to listen to this... Got to track 6 but the level of repetitive depressing monotonic lyrics finally go the best of me. It's a no.
Hmmmmmmmmmmm Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Ehmmmmmmm Irgendwie nicht soooo geil; habe merkwürdige DANZIG Assoziationen bei „Day of the Lords“ Verstehe nun aber die Obsession der Goths gegenüber dieser Über-Band, über die ich altklug urteilen würde, dass schon 1998 mehr Schülerbands einen besseren ersten Eindruck gemacht hätten. „She‘s lost Control“ ist aber schon megagut. Ambitionierte 1.7
I was kinda excited to listen to this because I've seen this album cover a million god damn times (maybe the most reused album art ever?) but it was kinda a big meh for me and it all kinda blended together, and then when I payed closer attention I asked myself wtf is going on with the melody
I hated this album the first time I heard it, and I still hate it now. Generic sparse guitar with vocals that feel so lazy it's almost ironic.
Didn’t even have love will tear us apart on it. Massively overrated.
Wieso heißt es: Let's dance to Joy Devision? Dazu kann man gar nicht tanzen...
Heaven knows I'm miserable now
I don't like it. The production value sucks ass. The drumming is incessant. The vocalist is 5/10, but he needs a better lyricist. These lyrics vacillate between juvenile and unintelligible due to the lofi production. Sometimes my head is bobbing alone, but after listening to the album twice I still couldn't name a song that really hooked me. If I could use one word to describe these guys, it would be "flat." I'm listening to "I remember nothing" and I'm hearing these sad lyrics but no emotion. No tears or heart whatsoever. Just bored flat affect. I remember nothing is a fitting end to this album because I won't remember anything from the album.
Couldn't really get into it. Some of the songs were okay but a lot of it was just too slow for my taste. I could maybe listen to it if i was sad in the middle of winter. XD
I’m not into that.
Initial thoughts: the singer's voice is a little monotone and sometimes too soft, but the subdued instrumental backing carries the vocals through. The lyrics and tone are dark and depressing and sometimes too repetitive but I suppose that's the point. Not the kind of music I enjoy listening to most of the time, but it has its place. It just doesn't feel special in any real way; like there's nothing groundbreaking there.
Meh it was not a pleasure
Another rock album… was fine, some songs were nice, I hated the last song.
Upbeat keyboard and bass centric. Simplistic male vocals 8/. Redundant-ish.
It's a shame that the tight bass and drum-licks on Unknown Pleasure are accomodated by some of the most bleak and hopeless music I have ever heard. Beyond the depression and angst, there is very little variety or enjoyment to be found here. After having listened to the entire record, there honestly is not a single track that I would consider putting on again. This is not it, this is a 2/5.
Había oido muchos comentarios de esta banda... Ohhh desepcion.
I always judge albums by when they are minted. maybe i want some way to preview what htey will sound like.
His voice sucks
This one isn't really my style, but I used it as ambient working music and also didn't hear many of the lyrics, which is good because I've heard they're depressing.
The singer sounds like Fred Schneider with a lobotomy. Catchy new wave/pop style with some punk undertones. Didn't do much for me.
Okay, I know this is going to cost me any goth cred I may have had in the past, but Joy Division is true to its name; listening to this album divided me from joy. It's clear to me that pleasure is unknown to them, and someone needs to tell them that picking a single phrase and repeating it over and over again does not a good song make.
This is a cult classic, but is a bit of weak nonplus runes… had to be there I guess
rätt tråkigt album egentligen
piosenki, które mi się podobały - disorder
Overall low key album but nothing jumped out at me or grabbed my attention. Songs were repetitive but enjoyable.
Coñazo. Rock extraño
We’ve been through that already: whether you’re pushing New Order or Joy Division (this is the 4th of those I’m getting here), the music is still annoying. P.S. The awful sound doesn’t improve the experience, either.
the smiths are better
Very sparse not really my thing so idk
This is okay, but it didn't do much for me. It's pretty run-of-the-mill late-70s punk as far as I can tell. I dug a few of the riffs and melodies, but overall I found it hard to figure out what makes it special.
Not really my thing.... could never see the attraction.
Know it's a cult album, but it didn't really stand out for me.
Sounds like what Alice Cooper looks like.
Ian Curtis sounds a little bit like Jim Morrison. I also felt a little Editors vibe. However the songs didn't feel too exciting and a little slow.
Nope. An album that has been deemed classic, but I just don't enjoy it at all. See also: The Doors.
Super boring and mopey.
I'm sure I'm not the first asshole to point out that this band is ironically named, but...it is. You can't just put the word "joy" in your name and then fart into a microphone and call it a day. Best track: I'm not sure. I kept trying to pay attention but it was just. so. boring
Grâce à cet album, j'ai pu vérifier une de mes théories concernant la musique du groupe Joy Division. J'ai pour ce faire téléchargé l'intégralité des pistes le constituant ainsi que le logiciel Audacity. Je les ai ensuite importées dans ce dernier. J'ai enfin cliqué sur la fonction « réduire les bruits parasites et autres sons dégueulasses ». Croyez-le ou non, mais en repassant les pistes, j'eus l'agréable surprise de constater que la voix du chanteur avait totalement disparu.
I don't get the appeal of Joy Division. I know they were trend setters, but nothing much stands out at all.
Ik vind het vage muziek. Doet me beetje denken aan een goedkope versie van Depeche Mode of zo. De zangstem vind ik ook niet zo leuk. Voldoende maar niet uitmuntend. **
This sucked. Annoyingly bad singing, forgettable album. 4/10.
It was ok I guess, not really my thing
did not like
I didn’t like this at all. Vocals were uninspired and for an era of classic rock their sound was woefully lacking.
Really bad. Disorder was the best song on the album and it was at best a 4/10.
Too gay, gayer than culture club.
Trash can music
Not my thing I’m afraid
If I needed to know not to listen to the Joy Division, this was my sign.
I suppose you had to be there in 1979. Didn’t understand this music or style. Pretty depressing if that’s what they’re going for.
1,5. Monotonisempaa soundia saa hakea. Taattua masennusta alusta loppuun.
Not my style
Not for me. Didn’t love the singer’s voice or gloomy lyrics or instrumentation. I can see why people would like this, but I personally couldn’t get through it.