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Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division

1979

Unknown Pleasures

Album Summary

Unknown Pleasures is the debut studio album by English rock band Joy Division, released on 15 June 1979 by Factory Records. The album was recorded and mixed over three successive weekends at Stockport's Strawberry Studios in April 1979, and was produced by Martin Hannett, who incorporated a number of unconventional production techniques into the group's sound. The cover artwork was designed by artist Peter Saville, using a data plot of signals from a radio pulsar. It is the only Joy Division album released during lead singer Ian Curtis's lifetime. Factory Records did not release any singles from Unknown Pleasures, and the album did not chart despite the relative success of the group's non-album debut single "Transmission". It has since received sustained critical acclaim as an influential post-punk album, and has been named as one of the best albums of all time by publications such as NME, AllMusic, Select, Rolling Stone, and Spin.

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3.52

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5530

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
  • Post Punk
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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

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.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

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.

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Sat Oct 02 2021
5

Frankensteins beautiful monster…. Part post punk, part industrial cityscapes, beautiful tortured lyrics all brought to life by the genius madness of Martin Hannett!

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

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.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

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.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

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.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

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.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Classic album, lot of great tracks that really reaffirm the positivity of life and make you want to live life to the fullest.

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Sun May 30 2021
5

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

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

classic. perfect. haunting. depressing as fuck. ian curtis was a goddamn genius. 5 stars. new dawn fades has always been a favorite

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

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

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

a magnificently bleak record, songs of dread and gloom and dissociation, filled with slightly odd driving rhythms, rumbling bass, and peppered with strange noises

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

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.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

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 🌟

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Sat Apr 09 2022
5

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.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

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.

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Tue May 10 2022
5

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.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

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.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

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.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
5

Gloomy as all hell but fantastic. Ian Curtis's voice really makes the album.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

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.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

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.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

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 🌟

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Wed Oct 06 2021
5

Probably the most influential album on the music of the last four decades, super easy five stars.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

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.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

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

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

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.

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Sat Feb 19 2022
5

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

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Tue Mar 15 2022
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

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

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.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

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.

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Mon May 30 2022
5

It's fucking Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures, of course it's good. Goddamn every song still hits to this day. It's super depressing, headbobbing post-punk that every band after has been replicating. One of the most important albums for me.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

The template of post-punk. Or, should I rather say, the first temple, given the peculiar 'space' felt throughout this record, which is wide-sounding and yet claustrophobic at the same time. Martin Hannet's production ideas were one of a kind, for better (most of the time) or for worse. Yet the band also had a very dark vision of how late-20th century music should sound after punk, no matter how many times Hannet pulled the rug from under their feet with his off-kilter ideas (like putting that simple, propulsive yet very melodic bass forward in the mix, instead of the guitar--with great effects on tracks such as "Disorder", "Insight", "She's Lost Control"). From this battle of minds, some essential spark came forth. And this spark fully transcended the bum notes here and there, a few clumsy rhythm transitions and some off-key instruments in short yet clearly discernible moments. Ian Curtis had such a powerful presence anyway, such a sepulchral aura, both vocally and as a lyricist (not to mention his persona onstage), that all those minor flaws up there didn't matter anymore. And they still don't today. This record (with admittedly a very few others down the line, by Wire, The Cure, Gang of Four, or Siouxsie and the Banshees) gave birth to a whole genre. Of course, it's got to be a mandatory listen... Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 881 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 64 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 29 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 27

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

Honestly this album is such a joy to listen to. It is so bright and colorful in its imagery and always gets me in an upbeat mood. There are so many great dance tracks on this LP --I really don't know how they ended up changing their name and releasing such dark and dreary material later on with tracks such as Age of Consent, True Faith, & The Perfect Kiss--still good stuff though. Favorite Tracks: Disorder, Day of the Lords, Candidate, New Dawn Fades, She's Lost Control, Shadowplay, and I Remember Nothing (honestly just all of it)

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

I listened to this album for the first time when I was a teenager and I hated it. Fortunately, tastes can continually evolve. At the point where I am now, I can say that it is one of the best albums that life can offer us. It's the definition of "dark, but uplifting". "I've been waiting for a guide to come and take me by the hand, Could these sensations make me feel the pleasures of a normal man?". It's one of the best album opening line ever, isn't it? It's also unbelievable that they came with a so mature and accomplished sound/lyrics in their early twenties. Ian Curtis' voice, words and interpretation are so neat and refined. Unknown Pleasures is a timeless masterpiece without a doubt.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

The first masterpiece by a team of extraordinary musicians. This is their rawest, with synths used sparingly to create the atmosphere rather than form the base. Instead, that role belongs to the intricate and repetitive basslines and punchy drums that really slam in your face the gloominess of it all. The synths do get their time to shine, such as the intergalactic-sounding, anxiety-driven "Insight" and the fun "She's Lost Control." The instruments are well-mixed, with everyone being heard well, and the drums and bass strong enough to produce their intended dramatic effects. Some may complain about the rawness as it sounds like they're being played through a filter, but I think it works to their advantage to create the fearful atmosphere. My only wish is that it was louder... it's too quiet on max volume on my speakers, but that might just be Spotify's problem. Ian Curtis is one of my favorite vocalists. Speaking through a black hole, his deep and monotonous voice can express hopelessness, desperation, content, and so much more. It's a fairly innovative vocal style of its time, to be adopted by the gothic rock and synthpop movements among other genres. In fact, my interest is maintained throughout each song by a curiosity to see where the emotions are carried, most represented by Curtis's vocals. Every song is a masterpiece. They're not reusing formulae. Each song has a unique hook that pulls you in if you're into this sort of gloomy music, with periods of dance, introspection, or heavy emotion. I'm a huge fan of the track order, with the highlights well-dispersed, pulling in audiences with the memorable "Disorder", and immediately sliding into the moodier "Day of the Lords" which has an accessible hook to intrigue listeners not used to this kind of music. I think it's greatest weakness is that people could lose focus after "Shadowplay." It could feel like that with "Wilderness," but "Interzone" reminds us this is a post-punk album. And I love Peter Hook's vocal contributions, reminds me of the more energetic New Order tracks they'll produce. But by far "I Remember Nothing" is one of my favorite closers, gloomy and distressing with its effects and prolonged ending that takes forever to finish. Favorites: Disorder, Day of the Lords, Insight, New Dawn Fades, Shadowplay, I Remember Nothing

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

Rarely does a debut album enter the world so fully formed and confident, much less containing a complete sonic world within itself. With only sparse drums, minimalist guitar lines, a bit of synth, and a dash of hall reverb, Ian Curtis and company construct an endless cavern of solitude and isolation, a melodic landscape built a single note at a time in the darkness. The MO is clear from the start with the fake-out cheerfulness of 'Disorder,' a 3.5-minute death spiral perked up by a singular, catchy bass line. It's all downhill from here through the various melodic fugues and monotone pleas from Curtis. Less is more as the bright, trebly guitar rebounds off seemingly infinite space, sneakily bolstering the minimal instrumentation while increasing the sense that these are the last dispatches from some place of emptiness and desolation. 'Shadowplay' manages to feel so immense only because it's the first song on the LP to let actual full chords ring out - by holding so much back, the album imbues the song's 3-note solo with more import and feeling than entire tracks on modern releases. Much like Nirvana's 'In Utero,' knowing what comes next in Joy Division's short history paints this LP as an obvious warning sign of Curtis' failing state. Even without the grim context, however, it's clear to see the album exudes darkness and singularity from the cover art to its musical core. Perfect albums are often personified as having a unifying soul at their core, but 'Unknown Pleasures' wears its dark, bleeding heart on its sleeve instead.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

This is one of those albums that is so incredibly influential and important that music that followed would undoubtedly taken a different turn had it not been released. 'Unknown Pleasures' is a post-punk statement piece and remains probably the best known album from that genre. The music itself is ominous and driving. The use of echo gives the impression that the band is playing in an empty warehouse, further adding ambience to the loneliness and isolation expressed in Ian Curtis' lyrics. Ian Curtis' delivery reminds me of Jim Morrison including the charisma. The vocals here become a steward of isolation, guiding the listener through dark soundscapes. The closing track is phenomenal and drives home the separation and detachment the album so skillfully conveys.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

Superb. Dark, brooding, melancholy, this is one of the all-time greatest indie records ever made. Ian Curtis' haunting vocals forbode a terrible demise, but the genius is timeless.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

Manchester had proven itself to be the nucleus for innovative music by the late 70s and its status was further confirmed by the release of one of the all time greatest debut albums and one of the more essential pillars of the post-punk sound, Unknown Pleasure. Almost 45 years on, it's still providing the blueprint on how to execute ice cold emotion and abstract, unconventional rhythms that convey meaning that goes beyond t-shirts and thousands of notes of the album cover gif on Tumblr. Regardless, if the band had never made another album they would still be classified as one of the most important bands that ever came out of Manchester. Godspeed Ian Curtis, Godspeed Martin Hannett and Godspeed Tony Wilson.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Fucking classic album. One of my all-time favorites. Beautiful and haunting from Ian Curtis Great guitar work from Hooky and Sumner Morris' drum work is like a machine. The production is spacey and really adds to the sound.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

I reckon a lot of things sound better if you make it dark, moody, and punk rock, and this is no exception. The thing that strikes me the most about this album is the fact that it sounds insanely fresh, while also sounding exactly like the building blocks for alternative, synth-pop, new wave, punk, rock, - you name it. Also the bass guitar sounds delicious! Favorite tracks are Day of the Lords, Candidate, and New Dawn Fades.

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Sat Oct 29 2022
5

Definitely my favorite album of the two. The atmosphere is spare, with the perfect amount of texture. Similar to the iconic cover in that sense. The reverb and mixing give it so much space to breathe and envelop you. I enjoy all the experimental flourishes throughout, and delighted by the dark hypnotic power they wield when they bring the tempos down. The stiff soulessness of it is like narcotic to me. Perfect pairing of artist and producer, and great example of how big a difference a producer can make. Practically pulled a new genre out of them.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

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.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

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.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

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.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

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.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

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.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

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

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

The album that launched a million t-shirts

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

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.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

She’s Lost Control is still phenomenal

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Sat Apr 16 2022
4

Haunting. An acquired taste. Accomplished, but the lingering question is what might have been.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

A classic album, unsettling and grim but darkly lovely in its way. When you hear Joy Division you know them right away, they're such a singular band, but they're also in the bones of so much music that came after them. The lyrics are harrowing, really. They're difficult to hear knowing how this story ends. Fave Songs: Disorder, Shadowplay, She's Lost Control, Interzone, Wilderness, New Dawn Fades

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

It's taken years but I think I'm staying to appreciate this album.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
4

4.4 + It's hard to think of a record that creates a more dry, dark and austere atmosphere. Amazing how they accomplish this sound with minimal layers and little formal training. But the elements coalesce impeccably. I especially love the unusual bass sound - loaded with gain and played as a separate voicing rather than as pure accompaniment. Ian Curtis adds another off-kilter element with a voice that at times sounds like he's on the verge of a breakdown ("I Remember Nothing"). Standouts: "Disorder", "She's Lost Control."

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

After track one, the first half is really hard work. Dour drudge after dour drudge. The live versions of all these tracks are far more compelling so I get why the band were pissed off when they heard it. As a Manc and a post-punk fan this should be an instant five stars, but I have to be honest and say it's not quite there. Atmospheric, miserable, almost amazing.

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Wed Sep 16 2020
3

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.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
1

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.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
1

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.

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Fri Nov 20 2020
5

Not as good as the follow up

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Fri Sep 18 2020
5

Know it, love it

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Hard 5. Where da 6 at?

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

Love it. So moody, so alternative, so unique. Does this mean I should've been a grunge kid?

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

A great album. Wonderful stuff.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

amo mas mt dark

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

ian curtis was god damn brilliant

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

This album is amazing. Now I really want to read the book you suggested John!

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Tue Apr 13 2021
5

it was okay

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Excellent

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

One of my alltime favorites.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Hey guys which JD album had love will tear us apart on it

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Not much comes close to joy Division.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Goosebumps every time I hear the start of "Disorder".

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Great album

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Sat Mar 13 2021
5

Manc misery never sounded so good. Best Tracks: Disorder, She's Lost Control, Interzone

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

*****

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Listen to this one a lot already.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

Beautiful seminal cold amazing post punk

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Sun Feb 28 2021
5

Great album

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Sat May 01 2021
5

Das sind einfach krasse Texte.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

5/5

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Tue Jun 29 2021
5

one of the best albums on earth, A post punk masterpiece

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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

Already listened. Amazing album

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Sun May 23 2021
5

a flawless desolate post-punk classic

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Fantastic vibes on some Great Scott stuff

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

Solid solid album She's lost control is best

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Wed May 19 2021
5

The perfect darkness

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

One of the best albums of all time.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

One of the best albums ever in rock music!

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

One of my favorite albums

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

One of the best albums post-punk albums of all time.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Топ

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Tremendo

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

Post-Punk Classic. 5

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Tue Oct 19 2021
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."

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Absolutely brilliant album!

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Excelente marca de ropa 👍

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

best album all time excellent

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

Incredible. Classic. Withstands the test of time. A godsend. Rope.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

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

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Pioneers.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

A classic. Teenage angst listening at its finest.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

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.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

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.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

JOY

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Sat Feb 19 2022
5

Discazo

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

Þyngsli. Gott stuff samt

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

Good sound waves. A candy to my ear canals.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Such an important and influential album. A pre-cursor to so many different artists. Mythical

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

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*

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Classic. Redefining. Cover art 5/5

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

That was good.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

frábær plata!!!

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Sat Apr 02 2022
5

Menacing and cool as fuck

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

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.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
5

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

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

Iconic

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

Si es que es más que imposible no decir que este álbum es bueno, por dios.

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Sat May 07 2022
5

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.

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Sat May 07 2022
5

blassic

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Sat May 21 2022
5

Absolutely love this album ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

bIt's the most famous album by Joy Division innit. A classic.

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

Curtis' not quite hitting the high notes is a little annoying for me, but I nevertheless enjoyed the hell out of this album.

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

TDK D90: Side A: Unknown Pleasures Side B: Closer Both, very obviously, 5 stars, just like all the other JD material on Still and Substance.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Reminds me of Love and Rockets

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Masterpiece, this album right after Pet Shop Boys gave me my smile back even if it's uppose to be a downer album ;)

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Exquisite. This album stands proudly in my top 20 of all time, without a doubt.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

They have only made two albums, but it was two perfect ones.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Wow, what an album! It starts very strongly with the up tempo Disorder, then takes on a mellow tone before springing back to life with She's Lost Control. Disorder, Wilderness & Interzone being particular highlights. A post-punk album that can be considered one of the founding fathers of indie rock. 92/100 gecs

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

The laser percussions are cool and the guitar rythms are infectious. The distortions are gritty. Very cool album and so ahead of its time. 4.5⭐

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

On dirait qu'il est meilleur à chaque fois que je l'écoute. Définitivement un album landmark

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

Absolutely legendary album. Shadowplay is one of the best songs ever written and The Killers cover of it is phenomenal. I prefer "Closer" to this one but only because I'm a sad little emo kid.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

1979! Listened to the Sex Pistols and said we’re going to do something just as subversive but totally different. Really at 4.5 album, but giving it 5 stars for the goth in me.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Oozing influence one of the best ever

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

One of my favourite albums of all time

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Amazing album.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

really enjoyed this

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Absolute quality, sombre, melancholic but with driving beats and intense guitars. This is music at it's finest.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Yesssssssss. So much better than Morrissey. One of my favorite albums ever.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

This album meant so much to 16 year old me lol

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Perfect. No notes.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Talk about an iconic album cover! My love of Joy Division got its start from the moment I first heard Disorder. That opening riff just does so much for me. It's such a shame that because of tragedy, we didn't get more Joy Division. I mean, I love New Order, but still.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Dark, moody, intense. One of my favorite albums of all-time.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

Very good. Drums sound amazing. It’s post punk but you can see the start of the evolution to that 80s synth sound.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

I was 10 when this album was released so it fell through the listening cracks I suppose, but wow it is good. Everything about it is wonderful. The sound, feel, lyrics, performances, mixing, and the rest. Love it.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

4.5

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

Fajne

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

This still sounds so fresh. Love the bass lines. The slashing guitars. Floating synths. The vocals and lyrics. Excellent.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

Intense, dark but also varied and melodic. This is another album that I listened to a lot when I was a kids but haven't in a while, and I'm happy to say that it still holds up for me.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Does the term "space punk" exist? That's the only way I could describe how Joy Division's music is like. This album was basically a perfect debut, and marked the start of the post-punk movement alongside many other contemporary and previous albums. I love this record, it is accessible and funky while also being 100% punk and borrowing from experimental genres like industrial. Definitily has a place on this list.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

JD mean a lot to me. Their two albums are untouchable bedrock post punk classics Some people will complain that it is too depressing. They have not lived. This, the first of their two albums, is bleak, haunting and essential. "Here are the young men....the weight on their shoulders." These songs are born from despair. Utterly brilliant. Five

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Very influential album. I imagine that nothing else sounded like this when it was released. The singer's struggles with mental health are relatable.

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Mon Oct 12 2020
4

Really quite nice. I should have known I would enjoy this.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Not usually my cup of tea, but this is really solid.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

nice

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

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.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Meh.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Joy division. Enough said

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Very good, nice and unique

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

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.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

Love the driving guitar and heavy bass. Some interesting songs.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

Cmon.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

classico porém não é meu estilo

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

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.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

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,

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

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"!

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

So ahead of its time. Can be forgettable in some parts, but when it’s going, it’s doing wonderful

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

4.3 * great album, too short

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

A fitting companion piece to one of the best-selling t-shirts of all time.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Hmmm

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Pretty dark, but definitely interesting

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

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.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Classic overall album and sound but wouldn't say the songs are that strong individually

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Thu May 20 2021
4

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

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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

An obvious post punk classic. "New Dawn Fades" "Day Of the Lords", "Shadowplay", "Remember Nothing" are my favorites.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

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

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

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!

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Sat May 01 2021
4

Schönes düsteres kraftvolles Album. Shadowplay ist stark. Kathi, wir haben doch mal die Doku über den Sänger im Kino gesehen, fand ich sehr berührend.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Dark and uncompromising. Let's dance to it.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Wenn noch Gitarre dabei wäre… aber große Songs

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Tolles und besonderes Album. Endlich mal gehört und nicht nur gesehen. Für 5 Sterne fehlt mir der Gitarren-Fokus!

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Nice, if a little short

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Very melodramatic, but a great post-punk album. 8.0/10

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Album Song Ranking: Day of the Lords I Remember Nothing Insight Disorder Wilderness Shadowplay New Dawn Fades Candidate She's Lost Control Interzone

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Mon May 03 2021
4

A true classic but perhaps a little dark for me

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Eerie,simple, synth. 2/3rds of the way I dug it particularly. Can't believe it was a debut LP in 79.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Nice, chill, and rock-esque

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Thu May 06 2021
4

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.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

It’s quite hard going. There is so much sadness behind it. Isolation, loneliness. The up tempo tracks are thrilling. The production is excellent.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

5/5 - not my jam, but interesting for what it is

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Very loose and fun. Bassdriven riffs with a very punky attitude.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Pretty good

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Now That's What I Call Goth Rock: The Early Years™️

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

post punk greate album nice cover / // lov the voice and my fav is Candidate //

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Francamente creo que lo estoy calificando más mejor de lo que me gustó pero creo que se lo merece.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Love this music, but it's so depressing

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

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

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

I recognized a few songs, a very harrowing but enjoyable album.

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