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Closer

Joy Division

1980

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Closer

Rating

3.21

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I like this kinda dreamt rock electronic. Like a song in a movie If u were trippin on drugs and spiraling from your show bizz celebrity life lmao.

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This album is darker than vantablack. The opening track, when I first heard it, was one of the most emotive and dark things I had ever heard. When you know the story of Ian Curtis and read into the lyrics on this record, it is basically a cry for help. This is a perfect record for me. Favorite track: all Least favorite track: none

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I can objectively appreciate what it is, but this is decidedly not for me.

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Released a few months after Ian Curtis hung himself. Impossible not to hear as a suicide note, although the grooves eventually worm their way to the surface.

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Production: 17/20 Songwriting: 16/20 Innovation: 17/20 Bangers: 20/20 Emotional response: 16/20 =86 Yeeeessssss pleeeeeease

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I’ve never paid Closer as much attention as Unknown Pleasures and that’s totally my stupidity. Mind blown throughout, haven’t heard it in a long time and have had it on nearly solidly for a day now. The fact they moved to a real synth sound from Heart and Soul to the close just takes this to another level. The influence this album has clearly had on some of my favorite bands today is evident throughout. Decades is a quite spectacular finish - some say it’s about war and some say it’s about a man looking back on his life from heaven and the pressure on him - all the more apt when you remember it was released two months after his death. WHAT. A. RECORD.

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I bought this album a day or so after its release. I was aware of the hype around the band and had been impressed by their performances on the radio. But this, this was on another level. A jagged soundscape along a narrow and foreboding route, punctuated with moments of sheer beauty. Altogether way more than the sum of its parts.

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En ce mercredi après-midi, synonyme d'un week end s'approchant à grand pas, un sacré épouvantail se dressait face a moi: Joy Division Bell, que je me languissais d'avance d'öcouter, et pour cause... Ayant eu la joie d'arpenter les montagnes helvète la semaine dernière, il se trouve que je dispose de quelques albums de retard sur mon compagnon d'écoute, le très inébranlable robpotter. Hors, ce dernier ne tarissait pas d'insultes envers cet album, lui accordant la note minimale (une etoile sur cinq pour ceux qui ne connaitraient pas bien le système en place). Seulement, il se trouve que j'ai personnellement apprécié cet album, malgré un chanteur il est vrai à côté de la plaque, mais peut-on lvraiment lui en vouloir étant donné sa petite forme de l'époque? Des mauvaises passes arrivent dans la carrière de chaque joueur, seul les plus grands arrivent à se maintenir au plus haut niveau, évitant les blessures. Rob nous targue une fois de plus d'une opinion musicale desastreuse, qui construit néammoins sa légende. Que nous reservera t'il la prochaine fois?

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I was cutting an avocado while listening to this album and while “A Means to an End” came on, I felt like maybe I should be the avocado. Definitely sad boi shit. I also felt that Ian Curtis was standing 10 feet away from the mic and obnoxiously yelling the entire album trying to blend in with all the other instruments and not giving a fuck about any of it anymore. I learned later today that he took his own life shortly after the album was produced and then remembered the avocado.

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I was never a Joy Division fan. Friends of mine would point out versions of the album art for Unknown Pleasures everywhere with a wry smile, but it meant nothing to me. Joy Division came too late in life to make a difference; I perceive them now how children do the work of Charles Dickens, groundbreaking when it came out but overanalyzed and overloved, trapped in the past, no longer relevant in the modern age. Despite this guide's insistence that Closer is "a quantum leap" musically compared to the Unknown Pleasures, you could shuffle them together and I wouldn't notice. It's not for me.

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C'est tout simplement horrible. La voix du chanteur est atroce. Je vais demander des explications à Robert, que je connais personnellement.

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For me; pretty close to perfect. A monster emotional person from all 4!

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5

Amazing album, post punk, different sounds. Cryptic, dark, cool sounds, basslines and guitar are interesting. Lyrics and vocals all unique and work well with the music

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Post punk perfection. While maybe a little more sprawling, less focused than its predecessor, it does not suffer at all because of it. The album is flawless even before we reach decade. A special album.

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I always found Closer much harder work than Unknown Pleasures, which I always preferred. Closer is an alienating, hostile listen, even if you approach it with no conscience of the "suicide note" factor. Its intimacy comes up as intimidating instead of welcoming, and despite the spare, minimal, subdued atmosphere that pervades the record, it does sound ominously heavy. All this made me always feel somehow disconnected from the listening experience. Until now. Today I was able to play it only twice (out of more than 20 records so far, I only listened once to two of them, and played several times during the 24 hour arc the rest of them), once in the morning and once in the evening; because it isn't one of those records you can play twice in a row, in my opinion. And still, since the first time this morning, Closer manifested itself in all of its splendor. Magnificent. Even for such a statement of existencial anguish, and also because of this very reason, there is no other word to describe it: Magnificent. This is much more than an album to listen before you die, this is an album to own. And for the rest of your life.

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It is overcast outside. If it was sunny, it would immediately become overcast when I put this record on. I have never listened to this album with the sun remotely showing. And that's just how it is. A posthumous release two months after the death of Ian Curtis. A picture of a tomb on the cover. All this leading to what is a brilliant album. The start of Goth. OK. The best ever Post-Punk album. OK. What stands out for me is that this a great album as a whole as is each song in its own. You could argue whether each song is great the way it is , was it over-produced by Martin Hannett with weird noises and synthesizers, what if the guitar sounded like that, etc. The album as a whole has an eerie and haunting mood. It is danceable without being dance music. I always wondered how the heck New Order formed from this. There are nine songs with five being earlier-written guitar-based and the remaining four synthesizer-based. However, intertwined in the album, you can't really tell them apart. "Isolation" and "Colony" highlight the style of the album the best for me with the driving bass, danceable drum beats, Ian Curtis' unique voice with one song synthesizer-based and the other guitar. My two favorite songs are "A Means to an End" and "Twenty-Four Hours" and I believe the reason is that they are the closest songs to traditional guitar-based rock songs. I could go on about each song. This is an album that I do get a little bit more and different everytime I listen to it. A revered album worthy of all the praise.

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Depressingly beautiful.

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Way better than I remember.

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If you asked me yesterday about joy division, I woulda guessed they were a late 90's hipster darling still making music. Turns out, That is WILDLY not the case haha! || This album is forcing me to more critically consider how I designate ratings. On a personal level I give this album a 3.5. But in terms of influence, creativity, and "need to hear before you die" it's an obvious 5+. I cannot deny how important this album is to such a wide swath of music being created today. || I'm curious to talk more about how each of our thought processes around ratings evolve as we continue listening - what criteria and feelings do we use to inform our decisions?

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Dark, moody, desperate, disturbing, hopelessness in the lyrics. Ian Curtis had such a voice. Like Jim Morrison or Iggy but more forlorn. I love the bass and the interplay with guitar and keyboards and drums to create a driving electro-post-punk sound (that got brightened up for New Order) I was only a distant listener in the 80s, but became an enthusiast after watching the movie "Control" a decade ago. Classic.

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You see someone wearing "The T-shirt." You ask them to name 3 songs. They can't. Neither can you. The average listener doesn't know much about JD other than, "Hey that's a neat shirt!" I was in the same boat until a just a couple months ago when my aforementioned fave punk history podcast did a series on them. I checked out the T-shirt album, "Unknown Pleasures," and really dug it, but I think I like Closer even more. It feels moodier to me, more intimate. You do feel as if someone suffering is pulling you closer and pulling you into their sadness with them. You already know I love full synth tones so they had me hooked pretty early on with this one. Their legacy lived on through New Order and all of the New Wave and Post Punk scenes, so its easy to see that the must listen factor of this album is pretty high. Like Emily I am not always big on Post Punk bands, but Joy Division make it work. Instead of getting too artsy with it, they made it cool for punk to be depressed and emotional as opposed to consistently antagonistic and aggressive.

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Hard to separate from the first Joy Division album

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"Immortalists with points to prove, I put my trust in you" (A means to an end) "Each ritual showed up the door for our wanderings Open, then shut, then slammed in our face" (Decades) Lo voy a escuchar una segunda vez y terminaré dando me gusta a todas las canciones, que ya sé yo cómo funciona esto.

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Dark, complicated and brilliant. Will certainly revisit.

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I've spent so much time listening to "Unknown Pleasures" this made me realize how much I'd forgotten about their other album. It's more art-rock, spare, and haunting, but high quality and worth exploring in-depth. You need to be in a mood for it, though. I'm glad I was pointed back to this album.

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There are moments that feel like you’re in the studio with the band. Not much sampling going on in 1980, which means most of this album is played pretty straight. That means those are real drums. Really great stuff.

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Closer is melancholic and austere. Given that it was released posthumously from Ian Curtis' suicide it feels more poignant. Coupled with the cover art image of the Appiani Family tomb from Genoa, you have a haunting album, of which in hindsight makes it seem that Ian's suicide was inevitable. A seminal album in post-punk/alternative with the introduction of the synths so prevalent of the 80s. Best: Isolation Worst: Passover

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This feels so contemporary, can’t believe I have focused on Unknown Pleasures and not given this the airtime it demands. Gentle in parts, aggressive in others, melodic, rhythmical, just a great example of the start of post punk. Top tracks: Colony, The Eternal, A Means To An End

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Closer is the second and final studio album by English rock band Joy Division, released on 18 July 1980 by Factory Records. It was released two months after the suicide of the band's lead singer and lyricist Ian Curtis. Closer was also named NME Album of the Year. It was remastered and re-released in 2007. Today, Closer is widely recognized as a seminal release of the post-punk era. Following the release of the non-album single "Love Will Tear Us Apart" in June 1980, the remaining members re-formed as New Order.

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Listening to this, I was struck by how kind of crazy it is that Ian Curtis has always been the focus of Joy Division in terms of the mythology of this band. If dude had just not died the way he did I wonder if there would not be an entirely different story altogether written about them. Because when you listen to the songs… it’s all about the rhythm section. They pick one riff that tends to start with the bass or drums, and they just ride that shit out! Was there even a chorus in any of these tunes? They’re almost anti-songs. And I kind of love that. But yeah. Ian Curtis. No way getting around the mythology. I guess he died so New Order could live? I have no idea what I’m saying and I’m going to bed.

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I'm really glad I finally took the time to listen to this record. That voice and everything behind it is so hauntingly beautiful.

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3.5 Props to bassist Peter Hook and the drummer for solid, steady state playing. The opening track (Atrocity Exhibition) and The Eternal (the slow track) are the most interesting. Predating Emo by 35 years, this alt-new-wave whining is the reason my high school friend began spiking his hair with Crest toothpaste and threading safety pins in his earlobes. Dynamically flaccid. The singer sounds like he wants to be Jim Morrison, but refused to listen to him on principle.

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I’ve only heard songs off of unknown pleasures and I’ve never been that huge of a fan. The sound is very bare and empty feeling and I’ve never liked the vocals but I suppose I appreciate the impact joy division's and all that.

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Might have its importance in a context, but sounds boring today.

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My wife described this (before being told who it was) as "arty, pretentious shit with a vocalist who can't sing". Hard to argue, really. Dreadful dirges. It wasn't love that tore them apart. Occasional flashes of better to come, but this album doesn't belong on any list. Like the drumming, though - and Hooky's bass is clearly the driving melodic force.

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joy division suck

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I thought I was listening to the same song until I was halfway through the album. The drummer uses the same fill for almost everything, and it's a aural barrage of repetitive riffs the whole way through. Also, the singer is truly terrible. I think Tool stole their vibe and made it actually listenable.

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The man has a very deep voice and I'm afraid it grates on me :(

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Nope. One of the most overrated bands of all time, with a tonedeaf singer. Listened to all of their albums before, and they're all total shite.

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This is really good. Wow, this is really good. It reminds me of Molchat Doma (who are heavily influenced by this band, I believe).

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This album slaps, especially the guitar tracks.

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Aukko omassa sivistyksessäni, joka tuli nyt täytettyä kunnolla. Aiemmin olin tutustunut käytännössä ainoastaan Love Will Tear Us Apartiin ja bändin jäsenten myöhempiin projekteihin, mutta hienoa että tämän listan ansioista sain syyn tutustua bändin muuhunkin tuotantoon. Kuuntelin levyn läpi varmaan lähes kymmeneen kertaaan, ja jokaisella kuuntelulla levy kuulosti entistä paremmalta. Ian Curtisin ääni on varmasti monelle vähän liian "vaikea", mutta mielestäni se sopii hyvin maalailevan synkkään äänimaailmaan. Mitään yksittäistä biisiä ei noussut toisten ylitse, mutta laatu pysyi tasaisen kovana alusta loppuun. Erittäin positiivinen yllätys joka keikkuu nelosen ja vitosen välimaastossa.

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Not as much of a banger as Unknown Pleasures, but still a kickass album

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Considerado la joya de la corona del post-punk

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The best

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10/10

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I love Joy Division so much and this is one of their finest hours. It's bleak, industrial, and emotional. Perfect!

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Este es mi disco favorito de la vida.

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Really cool sound. I think Joy Division still has a sound that no other band could come close. Not accesible at all, but that somehow makes it special.

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One of the all-time great albums. So much dark angst.

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Manc miserablist masterpiece.

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Footballer = Zlatan

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Superb album.

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good

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This is a fave

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My first time really listening to Joy Division and I absolutely love everything about it. Each track is unique and amazing, with innovative synths and techniques that sound like nothing else of the era. The afrobeat drumming of "Atrocity Exhibition" reminded me of Talking Heads, but is used nowhere else. Tracks like "Isolation" preview where New Order will take synth music in a more elaborate, operatic format. There's a wide range of emotions displayed in this album. Sure, a lot of it is very dark and cold, but "Isolation" is a perfect example of a brighter sound that made Ian Curtis's echoed vocals like an angel from above. I absolutely love Ian Curtis's vocals. His creepy tone and whiny finishes to his lines add to the overall gothic appeal. There really is something to like about each track. "Passover" has whispery back vocals and goopey synth noises that sound like a toxic waste factory. "Colony" is full of stress and anxiety with its repetitive and incredibly fast-paced bassline. "A Means to an End" is by far the catchiest, and has my favorite beat and solo; you can again hear the sound New Order will take. I like how "24 Hours" keeps swapping between fast and slow, and also it sounds the most like New Order. "Eternal" feels desolate and hopeless, like a void. "Decades" definitely has a "closer track" feel; it's synth-heavy and shoegazey, with dreamy and claustrophobic vocals, and some attractive bridges. New Order is for sure one of my favorite bands of the 80s, and everything I adore about their sound is represented here. Joy Division is able to perfectly encapsulate feelings of chaos, claustrophobia, and total dread, and it's honestly hard to believe they came up with all this on their own, with no one to base their music off except several contemporaries. I'm even more excited to explore the rest of their short-lived discography.

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Epic!

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Однозначно шедевр. Начиная с обложки. Одна из групп, которая довольно сильно повлияла на меня. Другой альбом - Unknown Pleasures тоже обязан быть в этом списке. Один из тех альбомов, которыми бы я смог описать жанр пост-панк.

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Love this album

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Ok, maybe I didn’t get it before, but this is an excellent album by a great band. More Joy Division moving forward.

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Originally a punk band with songs that were hard on the ears by the time they recorded their first album they had found a unique bleak industrial synth sound and the songs were much improved. The inspiration behind the songs is well publicised which makes them even more haunting now. A brilliant album and for me the stand out tracks are Isolation, Means to an End and Decades.

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The first time listening to this album, I’m a big fan of unknown pleasures. Not sure why Iv not listened to this before now… This is another masterpiece so haunting still over 40 years later, it sounds as if it could of been released in 2022. The drums and Peter Hook’s bass line just send shivers down your spine, add in Ian’s vocals and lyrics and you have a tragic 5 star masterpiece.

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F ian curtis, teria adorado o batman do robert pattinson

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Um belo álbum, especialmente quando tomado escutando um vinho. 9/10

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Finally! Joy Division has always been one of my blind spots - and multiple (admittedly half hearted) attempts in the past of trying to find an album representative of what I imagined to be their greatness while also appealing to me provided unfruitful. I had even across this particular album and snubbed it… But now hearing it in context almost every song is a memorable - Ian’s doom echoing over ethereal beats while sounding mystical and punk at the same time. From start to finish, even without some of their more poppy affairs - this is a brilliant album and finally I have seen the light.

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Less celebrated than Unknown Pleasures but arguably just as good. It's a shame about Ian Curtis. I've often wondered what would have happened if Joy Division had continued. Would they have had the success of New Order? Regardless this is a great album.

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Tengo este disco en vinilo. Es de los discos que más veces he escuchado y además lo he oído una y otra vez sin parar. Por un hecho personal me resulta especialmente triste oírlo, pero es lo que hay. Canciones con más ritmo en las primeras canciones como "Atrocity Exhibition", "Isolation", "Passover", "Colony", "A Means to an End" y cerrando ese parte "Heart and Soul" que puede que sea la mejor de este disco con un nivel muy alto para mi gusto. Luego vienen las más "etéreas" "Twenty Four Hours", "The Eternal" y "Decades".

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8/10 FT: The Eternal

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Anything Joy Division is a 4 or higher

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Dudes voice is def an adjustment if you’re not ready for it. I’m not usually a post-punk fan but this wasn’t avant-garde enough for me to dislike it. As someone unfamiliar with post punk because of the aforementioned, it was interesting how I felt that all the songs were similar sounding but not in a bad/bleed together way. Album has warmed me up to JD more than I thought it would.

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Good psychadelic rock

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4.1* really good album but lots of similar sounding songs.

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Now That's What I Call Goth Rock™️

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Never really knew much about Joy Division until this album popped up. As a Midwestern kid with access to one top-40 radio station AND Mtv (starting in 1981) we took what we could get, and Joy Div wasn’t there. I really liked the album although nothing really hit me as standout track either. Odd that these songs have me feeling nostalgic when I’m hearing them for maybe the first time. That said, JD spawned New Order and influenced bands like The Cure and The Cult which were in regular rotation for me in the mid-late 80s.

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Serf

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Joy Division are really good, who knew?! The rhythm section is so enjoyable to listen to, the drummer never misses a beat, it's wonderful. I think i will be returning to this album, there's so much to like about it. I never really got the Joy Division thing before, mainly because I hadn't explored them. Now I have reason to try.

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This album is definitely gonna need some more chewing for me. I was kind of taken aback by how much I wasn’t into it at first, given joy divisions legacy. But by the end of the album I was vibing with it. I went back and listened to the earlier tracks and enjoyed them. It will get a 4 for now, subject to change.

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very ahead of its time, will be revisiting it

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Minimalist and cool

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Love this album, a classic.

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Never really listened to Joy Division, but I really enjoyed this album

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-Great Drums on "Atrocity Exhibition" -Great bass and drums on "Colony" -"Twenty Four Hours" is a jam

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Sólo conocía "Isolation" de este disco, pero pues lo disfruté. Bastante, a veces la voz de Curtis no me encanta, pero acá todo suena chido. Me gustó sobre todo "Decades", otras de mi top: "Colony" y "Heart and Soul". Pues eso, a veces pienso que si Joy Division siguiera hasta nuestros días, ya no tendría tanto el culto que tienen. 8.5/10

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¿Cuanto punk y post-punk necesitaban meter en esta lista? Pero bueno... Ta bien. Me gustaron Atrocity Exhibition y Twenty Four hours que tiene un sonidito dark. Mood: voz del monstruo de Frankenstein

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She's cute but she's no Unknown Pleasures

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I like Joy Division, but I'm not sure if I've heard anything from this album before. All of the music was good enough. It would be easy to put this album on again for another listen.

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4

Great album. Slightly prefer Unknown Pleasures. 7-8/10

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if i could give a 4.5 this would be it.

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Classic in the post-punk goth genre. Tough to listen to given the circumstances around its release but it's so powerful at the same time.

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4

Enjoyed the trip down memory lane

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4

Solid post punk album. Bummer Ian offed himself

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Interesse in heel de discografie

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leuke ontdekking, kende ze bij naam maar nog nooits iets van gehoord

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It’s so sad to listen to this album

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8/10

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Deutliche Weiterentwicklung zu Unknown Pleasures. Keyboards auch, tolle Flächen in meinem persönlichen Favourite "Heart and Soul". Trotzdem immer noch super düster (noch düsterer gar?) und bitterkalt. Ich habe Ian Curtis natürlich nie gekannt, aber beim Anhören stellt sich mir schon die Frage, ob das was da so in und zwischen den Zeilen steht auch zwischenmenschlich so deutlich spürbar war - oder ob er diese eine, komplett suiziale, isolierte Persönlichkeit nur um so stärker "auf Platte" ausgelebt hat? Produktion jedenfalls ist top und schon ein Kunstwerk für sich selbst. Die Band selbst war ja angeblich gar nicht so zufrieden damit, weil live viel roher und wilder klingend was hier klinisch, distanziert, vertrocknet und trotzdem fast schon magisch schimmernd klingt. Ich kann nicht anders als das Werk hier auch mit Teilen der Rezeptionsgeschichte zu beurteilen und gebe deshalb 4 Punkte dort, wo es mir aufgrund persönlichen Wohlfühlfaktors vielleicht nur zu 3 gereicht hätte. Aber klar: dieser wahnsinnig kraftvolle Monolith von Album und Werk, und alles was im Anschluss passiert ist: kann ich ja kaum hoch genug schätzen!

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Ein gitarriger Bass, percussions, die durchaus aufm dancefloor funktionieren, starkes Cover. Alle Einzelheiten stimmen, doch stellt sich mir ihre Summe selten zu einem eindrücklichen Gesamtbild zusammen. „Atrocity Exhibition“ ist ein gutes Beispiel dafür. Klopfe ich die einzelnen Teile ab, hört sich alles solide an; zusammen jedoch leicht unausgegoren, jammig, improvisiert, nicht ganz zu Ende gespielt. Und dennoch (m)ein Liebling auf der Platte. Ausbuchstabierter und somit deutlich stärker als der Rest klingen die letzten 3 Songs und hieven alles mit ner guten Portion „Heart & Soul“ auf 3.5

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4

Still a disconcerting album - dark lyrics and experimental noises

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4

Great stuff lads

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4

Have only really listened to Unknown Pleasures before but I enjoyed this. Certainly thanks to 'Rip it Up and Start Again.'

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Ian Curtis, what a great singer he was, died before this was released, some intense tunes here, I Like "Isolation" "Passover" "A Means To An End" "Twenty Four Hours" are all good, but not an album to listen alone too in a bedsit to be honest!

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Blizu petici ali closer četvorci hehe [FAINTED LAUGHTER]

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Jedan od najboljih i najpoznatijih post-punk albuma, i defnitivno superiorni za mrčkicu od Unknown Pleasures - al opet to sve ovisi o mom raspoloženju.

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Feel like i can talk to the bugs man

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4

Very well realized post-punk gloom. Ian Curtis thought the synths were ”gay”, but what does he know?

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Good stuff

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Again this project pays off. I've seen the t-shirt. I know Love Will Tear Us Apart. I never checked out more but always meant to. Right off, the cover art is amazing (and poignant once I learned of the tragic circumstances around the release of the album). Atrocity Exhibition starts out strong and dark. Isolation turns a little more 80's, but still super dark. And the next song is great. And the next one. Really the whole album is an astonishing breathtaking heartbreaking haunting work of art. Heart and Soul. One will burn. As a teenager I was 0% goth but many of my friends were and I certainly see the appeal. This is a whole different planet than contemporary music like ABBA and Billy Joel. These guys aren't playing, if you know what I mean. I'm not going to want to listen to this on repeat. Especially not at this point in my life. I do think this was an album I needed to listen to before I die.

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Lot of bangers! Fun painting music.

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Nice but I don’t care too much for this type of flat production, gimme some base!

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No major stand out songs, but that's not so much what this album is about, it's dark, electronic, evocative it's like listening through smoke.

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I like this album a lot. It’s a little dark….but the concept of a Joy Division is from the get go. I have a book about them on my dresser I need to get to!!

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Haunting, just haunting, with real depth, beauty and tunefulness within the darkness, which is enveloping. Powerful, too. You can hear the future of so much goth, gloom-pop, etc. to come.

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Bom conhecer mais, curti bastante. Melhores músicas: Isolation, A means to an end e Heart and Soul

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Meh

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I haven't ever given Joy Division a serious listen but I'm thinking I've made a big mistake. Atrocity Exhibition kicks off with that distorted guitar and possibly a synth in the background which has a freeform expressiveness that I find myself doing which is abrasive and only works with the other elements in lockstep (drums/bass). But man it works well. Total Krautrock energy. Unfortunately it peaks there for me. Twenty Four Hours is a good vibe but the others don't get there for me, I'm not sure I love the cadence of Ian Curtis. The Eternal sounds like something off Bowie's album Low side 2 but with vocals. Decades is nice with the synth. Maybe the last 3 are better than the first few. Still, I can recognize the greatness here even if it doesn't always tick the boxes for me.

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Definitely my preferred Joy Division album of the two. I like that they split the sound between guitar based songs and synth based songs. It all blends together quite smoothly since it is so tonally consistent. Certainly a dark and heavy album. I've always appreciated this sort of thing, but as I get older, I find myself much more attracted to this sound and feel a fairly strong "kinship" with it. I don't know what that says about me. It might just be the natural perspective of aging, or it might just be the dumpster fire of the past couple of years in the pandemic, who knows? I loved reading about their process of jamming and rehearsals to build the songs. Especially the bit about how they would "talk about banal subjects until they couldn't talk about banal subjects any longer" and at that point pick up their instruments and play. Interesting psychological state to put yourself in just before a creative exploration. I find Ian Curtis' vocal delivery to be hypnotizing and very "honest." I mean, he's not putting on an act here, it's not an affectation. He lived this.

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Not the Doors

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It’s a slow burn for sure. I thought it was decent on the first listen, but I’m pretty sure after a few more it will grow on me. Looking forward to coming back to this, so I’m giving a preemptive 4 stars. 7/10

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I think I ended up liking it better than Unknown Pleasures. I'm not too into the melodies but kind of liking the darker tone. It's beautifully moody. Strong finish to the album.

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I used to think of Joy Division as a subclass of a wider organisation responsible for joy, thus increasing joy. Now I see that they are about dividing joy into smaller parts until far less joy remains. This album is heavy and sad and has a tale to tell. The live tracks at the end of the deluxe edition were a highlight.

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It's tough to describe why I enjoy this album. Listening to it, I realize that it's definitely not going to be for everyone, but it strikes a chord with me, having grown up on emo and screamo. I love the atmosphere, which the sparse instrumentation and Curtis' deep, macabre voice lends to. It's a downward spiral, it's depressing. I can understand where he's coming from, I think. Favorite tracks: "Heart and Soul", "Isolation"

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Solid choice for the list. Joy Division sure were influential.

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Hmm... such an innovative and important band. But you really have to be in the mood, and I usually find the bleakness too much to handle - the band are great, but I am not really an Ian Curtis fan.

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Not their best album

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overrated Joy Division record

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1980: Atrocity Exhibition, Isolation

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In another life, I could see this being my type of music. But as it stands, not so much.

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Bit wacky but I liked it!

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A bit too trippy for my taste

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This is a classic

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More gloom and doom from another of the gloomy doomed. There doesn't seem to me to be that much there for all its lasting reach.

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i feel badly misled. you cannot dance to joy division. a bad version of interpol and the editors

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Faves: Isolation, Heart and Soul Darker than I usually listen to but I can see myself maybe liking this if I was going thru it

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3.1 causal listen no saves, not bad just alternate sounding and no stand outs

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I thought this one was all right instrumentally, but I couldn't enjoy the vocals. Maybe it's just a preference thing, but it wasn't my style.

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1980, Post-punk, gothic rock, stabiles Album aber mir fehlt der letzte kick, dass ich feiere, normale bis stabile 3, ich kann mir vorstellen, dass ich bei nochmal hören irgendwann mehr fühle

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Just as gloomy as I remember it, but still a pretty seminal piece of goth/post punk music considering that it was released just after Ian Curtis committed suicide. Did I mention that it was gloomy? The graphics and photo on the album cover are one of my all time favourites though.

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Joy Division is one of the GOAT bands, hands down. I don't think anyone did it like they did before or since. They were and still are the name synonymous with post-punk. Then why do I feel like I'm listening to a record so amateurish, so mediocre? I cannot enjoy the opening track at all, I feel it rarely finds its footing, and god rest his soul but Ian Curtis is not a good singer. It sucks because I genuinely enjoy a few of Joy Division's songs (Disorder, Transmission, and Warsaw are all classics), but I can't for the life of me give this album above a 3. Shame.

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I didn't get a full second listen to this so I will be brief and middle of the road. The album  gets off to a great start with excellent percussion and roaming avant garde guitars. I appreciate they kicked off the Manchester scene and were influential.  Truth be told,  I'm a bigger fan of New Order as they took the Joy Division sound and made it danceable. Songs like 24 hrs make me think I might have ranked higher if I gave it the time it deserves but, alas, my ranking is  my middle of the road

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Preppy

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Not an easy Saturday evening listen. I'm familiar with the band and the album, not exactly my stuff

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Interestingly sounds a lot like the Editors. Not sure if I'm digging the dreary vocals very much. The music is good tho.

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Pretty average listening enjoyment

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It's alright, I enjoy a good couple of the songs and the over sad vibe of the album. If love would tear us apart was on this it would make it a 4 out of 5.

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3/5

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I really wanted to enjoy this one, and I did like the novelty of the experimental feel every song gave off, but it didn’t live up to my expectations.

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so baby pull me closer JUST KIDDING but is this dark?? guess i am more darker than i thought :(((

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not bad

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3/5. First listen. I enjoyed the last couple songs the most.

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don't know much about joy division. album is very average for this list. That being said the album released posthumously of Ian Curtis. It appears they had moved from there influences.

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Like somebody took The Cure and made it more soggy

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A classic single away from a higher mark

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Unknown pleasures is much better!

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Meh...

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This is a good album, though not particularly my taste. It feels too depressing without really touching on the pain of depression. Not sure if I will listen to it again.

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Tendría que escucharlo más detenidamente, pero parece el típico disco de los 80 que es un ¿rock? un poco pesado.

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Less than 3 more than 2

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This is better than the other Joy Division album, but the passage of time hasn't been entirely kind to it. In parts, this just sounds like a miserable Devo, but not as accomplished or creative. Ian Curtis sounds like a cross between Jim Morrison and Fred Schneider of the B-52s. Sorry folks, simply don't get the hullabaloo with this band.

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As Shawn was saying, these songs really settle into one groove and just go with it. Not a lot of variation and not really a turn off, but also the production or mixing or something here sounds pretty low end. It's not a great sounding record. But still, I don't want to turn it off!

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This doesn't spark joy. Best track: Decades

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Moins bien que unknown pleasures mais pas deg

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Punk er bare ikke mig. For meget diskant og mærkelige melodier.

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I was super excited that this was today's title and then I realised I'd never listened to it before. It even reached No.3 in New Zealand! But as much as I enjoy bits and pieces from Joy Division, Closer doesn't quite grab me as an album. It's good - the opening track is especially strong (the melody reminds me of "Kinky Afro" lmfao) but maybe its power is as the final testimony to Ian Curtis' genius. I don't have any memories locked into this music, no early 80s revelations or retro student discoveries of the 90s. Maybe this album is a conduit to the Ian Curtis memorial wall in Wellington and all that stands for.

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This is one of those where I struggle as to whether ratings should just be on a pure, instinctive emotional reaction or if I should be trying to inject some sort of qualification of its importance/worthiness of being on a list of truly essential albums … Significant, influential, all of that: yes. Did I massively enjoy it? Not really. Perhaps if I’d caught it on a different day.

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Some of the music is interesting, but I have a hard time getting past the creepy sounding vocals. Just not a big fan of that style. 2.5 stars, rounding up to 3.

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2.5/5. Very monotone and boring. I feel like I didn’t really listen to anything.

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I’ve heard some Joy Division before—the one album with the one cover that is like a bat signal for hipsters—and I don’t remember much of it sticking with me. The same could be said here. Pretty good listening, but didn’t make much of an impact. I like knowing that Danny Brown got the name of his album from this band. I’ll return to a few tracks, but not much here for me on a first listen. Favorite tracks: Atrocity Exhibition, Heart and Soul, Twenty Four Hours. Album art: What am I even looking at here? Reminds me of a few tarot cards. Not bad, but not great either. 3/5

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Good instrumentals vocals ok

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Not really my style but I didn't hate it.

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I liked a few songs. "A Means to an End" stuck out as a good one. But overall it didn't really click with me and I found it a little difficult to get through. Maybe a bit too cold and electronic for me. Seems like a record I should have liked more. Still, an interesting record and maybe something that would grow on me if I gave it more time (which I probably won't...)

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Sympa

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Yet another post punk that disappoints. Really did not like the way the singer's voice sounds and how it's almost more spoken than sung

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Such an irritating voice and use of vocals throughout. Music is what balances it out to a 3, but nothing special.

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I just don't understand the intrigue of bands with lead singers that can't carry a tune. I'm giving this a three because musical arrangement was good. Vocals are abysmal.

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The dial didn't move one way or the other on this. It is ok.

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3/5

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Macclesfield's finest. Solid 3. Prob not as good as Unknown Pleasures. Never spent a great deal of time listening to their stuff but always found it really eerie and intriguing. Sounds experimental but ahead of its time. 3/5

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Bien aimé l'album, mais ce n'est pas tant ma tasse de thé. On voit par contre la majeur influence que ça a eu sur les styles new wave, gothiques, post-punk, etc.

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I've not listened to Joy Division much in the past. Really enjoyed this.

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Harsh but interesting

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Unfortunately not my favorite Joy Division record. I wanted to enjoy this much more than I did, but still found it pleasantly haunting and wouldn't mind giving it a re-visit somewhere down the line.

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OK. Enjoyed the New Order sound better.

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Helt swag!

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Niet alles op dit album is even sterk, en echt opbeurend is het ook niet, maar ik blijf het een fascinerende band vinden.

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Een klassieker van de topzware soort. 24 Hours is nog altijd een van mijn favoriete tracks, maar hier moet je wel echt voor in de stemming zijn. En om heel eerlijk te zijn vind ik Curtis niet zo'n beste zanger (refererend aan mijn vorige post)

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sounds like a joy division album.

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Good album. Very distinctive sound.

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i like how easy listen it is even though it's not what i would call good. 3 for being easy? else 2.

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Good listen. Not the best Joy Division album, but good listen.

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It was good, different vibe, especially the first couple songs 3/5

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I've only been listening to Joy Division over the past year or so when I started hearing a couple of their songs on the Alt Rock channel I listen to. They have a very unique sound. I think the song that stands out on this album is "The Eternal". "Both beautiful and deeply moving, it depicts his struggle to communicate with remarkable empathy" -Alexis Petridis. My next favorite is "Decades". 3/5

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Pretty creative- I even got some industrial vibes off it

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Musically I find ‘Closer’ easier to digest than ‘Unknown Pleasures’. Lyrically however, it’s hard to separate this album from Ian Curtis’s death and to think of it as anything other than a suicide note.

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Entire album feels like a huge downer. A lot of bands I've liked are influenced by Joy Division... but I find I like a lot of those bands more than I like actual Joy Division.

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Good background music while working. Not particularly memorable.

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terrible singing, music is good at points

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3.5

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Joy Division is a great example of how a band can be very important and wildly influential and still be a drag. As I listen to Closer I can hear the hallmarks that make them interesting, but they also re-implement those same tricks over and over again, so that every song on this album sounds the same and it all sounds the same as the album before it. No one else sounds quite like Joy Division, but Joy Division always sounds too much like themselves. Some of the things I like best about the album are the raw dynamics as instruments come up and down in the mix and the song Twenty Four Hours stood out as really great.

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Had my fill of intense northern grimness

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Ambiance intéressante, un peu linéaire.

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this is weirdness, i can't say i hate it but it's also too hard to say I like it. it's like if the sisters of mercy were offbeat to the point it seemed they didn't know what they were doing? it feels like something I could like if it was just a little less out there.

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Didn't get it.

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Meh.

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The first song was titled Atrocity. While I wouldn't go that far, I expected a lot more from this album.

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Joy Division is not for me. I like Love Will Tear Us Apart and not much more. I can't complain about the quality of music because it's rather good, but it just doesn't speak to me.

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After reading up on Ian Curtis I now understand why the album was the way it was. A complete look into his mind before committing suicide. Very depressing.

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Not about it

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I enjoyed the groove/power of Isolation and Means to an End, but there was just a little too much that was pretty uninteresting.

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Indie, post punk. Aburrido, oscuro, sombrío.

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Really dark. Maybe once a year.

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5

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Possibly not in the right mood for it today but it didn't grab me in anyway.

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I can see why some folks like this but not for me. The "haunting" sound of the vocals were just not my cup of tea and if thats not for you neither is Joy Division.

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Hidastempoista musiikkia 80-luvun alusta. Tunnelmasta tuli mieleen jonkinlainen alakuloinen, hämyinen rituaali. Sinänsä kyllä jännittävän kuuloinen levy, mutta en minä tästä oikein tykännyt.

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Didn't expect to like it...

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Couple of good tracks but the rest were samey and not something I’d go back to **

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better than Unknown Pleasures but I really can't get over the vocals. Vaguely soporific. 2/5

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This is not the Joy Division of album-artwork-tshirt fame. This is a Joy Division without joy.

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Got all the 80’s hallmarks in there. On a 40 minute album they threw a lot away on the first song. I prefer the rawness of Unknown Pleasures. Lots of repetitive baselines. The minimalism isn’t doing anything for me in this album—makes me think of Ed’s bass playing. They were trying to do something here, and I see the evolution of new wave happening, but it’s not working, seems almost amateur compared to previous album.

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All I can say is I made it through the whole album, and I'm not sure if my appreciation or understanding of music, life, or Interpol has changed in any way. C-

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This is the second album I've listened to by Joy Division and I just can't get into it. It's not bad per se its just so dull, I can't be the only person who thinks that..

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ok

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Sounds like a bad heroin album.

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WHACK

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Grating.

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This is a bit weird. The music is too disjointed for my taste. I think I can handle one or two songs, but not for the entire album.

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It's the third time I have to endure Joy Division's drone here. On the positive side, I don't think they any had more albums

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Realmente não é pra mim. Nem achando que soa um pouco como Nick Cave, eu conseguir empolgar .

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Almost a 3. Maybe after another listen.

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I was really surprised to hear an album with this kind of sound that was produced in 1980! Dark, haunting describe it well, but this is not why I listen to music. Overall, just not interesting to me.

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I don't get the hype for this band.

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Ehhhh. Sad to say that I didn't really feel this one. I was looking forward to listening to it, since I'd heard good things about Joy Division, but I didn't really like it. Shame.

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Interesting composition, pretty weak monotone vocals don’t hold up to the music or lyrics.

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Hard to appreciate. Just not my type of vibe. Melancholy 80’s synth with monotone vocals.

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Repetitive in a bad way

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Hade igång som mysig bakgrundsmusik. Ingen låt jag kände igen sedan tidigare, men det distinkta soundet gör ingen besviken.

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Oh hey another dull monotone 80s depression band. This list of one thousand and one albums is AT LEAST 30% THIS bullshit. If you don't love this exact sound then you may as well give up now.

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All I know of Joy Division is Love will Tear Us Apart Again from Donnie Darko and I was surprised to find that they weren't The Cure. Now, having heard an entire album of theirs, I don't get that Cure vibe, but I am still confused by them. The music feels really well produced, and the vocals sound like the singer is in another room and doesn't necessarily have any idea what the music is? Was this album an experiment where a bad took a singer's recording and played to his vocals? There's definitely a lot of mood and emotion in here. Many bands that came after followed in their footsteps, and for my money improved the genre.

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How many Seminal Post Punk albums can there be? God these guys are over rated, I did find the instrumentals growing on me in the second half so one star would maybe be a little harsh.

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Very apt title for this album. Funny too, that their name is Joy Division yet when I was listening I felt nothing but monotone mediocrity. Oh right, the album title. A man walks into a bar and asks to hear some good music. The bartender says "I just got the new Joy Division album in, want me to open her up?" he asks. The customer says, "Nah, Closer"

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Thought I’d flock to this like the US joins oil discovery, but was way too dreary for me to enjoy

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Boring. Male manipulator music.

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Mag die Stimme nicht, Instrumente gefallen

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Drones on.

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I much prefer Joy Division as a singles band, this much all at once gave me no joy

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I get the buzz but like New Order better

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Pretty dire

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Uiteindelijk best vermoeiend

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What an atrocity of an album. Love the cover though. I honestly think most people are blinded by the story of the album. It's really not very good. 2 for the cover though, and "Twenty Four Hours" which was okay except the vocals that sound like a mix between a Peter Griffin and Hank Hill impression. "Decades" is ok too.

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Definitely not my thing...

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Shite

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Ok

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I don't this kind of music. Sorry.

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This might be controversial... but I'm not a fan of Joy Division

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p462. 1980. 2 stars All sorts of echoes here - Kraftwerk, Moroder, Bowie from his Low period. Depressing lyrics, harsh on the ears, repetitive songs. Vocals sounds like Jim Morrison after a bottle of bourbon and downers. Bleak machine music for a country under the early days of Thatcherism. No wonder Ian Curtis topped himself.

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Not for me

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Not my jam

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I was weirdly disappointed by this, found it very sleepy and uninteresting

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Rock gótico leeeeento. Tostonazo. Un 2.

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The first album I got on this site was the first Joy Division album and almost 150 albums later I get their other album. In the time between my opinion on the band hasn't really changed. I think they are still quite mediocre and this album was perhaps worse than the first. I can't really remember anything about it after I just finished listening to it.

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Я даже не смог дослушать 3 трека. Просто невыносимо

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Bof. Répétitif et déprimant.

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Was never really able to get into this, and ended up ignoring much of it

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i don’t think i’ve ever listened to joy division. welp, here we go... update: first impression, i’m definitely not into it. i usually love weird 80s synth shit too. not sure what it is about this that i don’t enjoy. actually, i get it now. it’s leaning more towards the cure, the smiths, new order, etc. i don’t really care for that sort of stuff. i can’t finish the album. not a fan.

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Grim and repetitive. Kept skipping tracks in the car but accidentally found some lovely Celtic harp music!

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Will never know why the band never lived up to their name (other than a deliberate oxymoron) totally depressing!

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Este disco sobrepasa el nivel de indie que mi cuerpo acepta. Unknown Pleasures es el único disco de Joy Division bueno

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I don‘t like it

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Not into it

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Not my ideal genre or sound. A chore to listen to. Mostly forgettable although some tracks have decent moments. Favorite Track : Twenty Four Hours Least Favorite Track : Heart and Soul

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First time listening: 2/9 songs liked I couldn't get through this without sleeping...but I know the draw for Joy Division and the context behind their music, so perhaps I'm not the right demographic. No songs saved

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Pretty weird. Not a fan.

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Not good

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Did not enjoy. Songs seemed repetitive and was kind of a slog of a listen.

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Albumet hade en nära intill oavbruten störande ton. Det instrumentala var till och med vid vissa tillfällen smärtsamt att höra. Trots att det är en del i genren försämrar det upplevelsen. Jag fick intrycket av att de lade på för många lager av ljud och instrument vilket ledde till ett oväsen. Samtidigt är sången enligt mig inte det minsta angenäm. Det albumet däremot lyckas med är en rockig rytm trots att det oftast inte låter bra. Jag har ingen låt att utpeka.

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Mein Gott, das ist ja furchtbar! New Order finde ich um Längen besser.

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Didn’t like this one

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Well this is 45 minutes I'm never going to get back

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This is awful. Truly.

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2/6/22 Not for me. I don’t like his voice. The guitar solos in some songs sounds like nails on a chalkboard. Only a few songs I didn’t totally hate or skip through. Favorite song: Passover

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One of the most depressing and miserable things I’ve ever listened to. Some of the songs sounded like animals were being strangled.

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Listened to on 2/6/22 1/5 Favorite song: Passover I’m sure this album is influential but wow was it not my vibe

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Couldn't get into this at all

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Awful. Had to turn it off. I don’t get why this band is so loved.

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È distopico e opprimente.

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Not a fan. I think it's the monotonous drumming that follows the same Tyne in every song.

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I strongly dislike the vocal style and music. Not something that I can enjoy listening to. Even if I was in a bad/depressed mood, I would rather listen to anything but this.

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Dreadful

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Nope nope nope. Here we are 5 years later & I still dislike Joy Division.

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