by Joy Division
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If Unknown Pleasures was Joy Division at their most obsessively, carefully focused, ten songs yet of a piece, Closer was the sprawl, the chaotic explosion that went every direction at once. Who knows what the next path would have been had Ian Curtis not chosen his end? But steer away from the rereading of his every lyric after that date; treat Closer as what everyone else thought it was at first -- simply the next album -- and Joy Division's power just seems to have grown. Martin Hannett was still producing, but seems to have taken as many chances as the band itself throughout -- differing mixes, differing atmospheres, new twists and turns define the entirety of Closer, songs suddenly returned in chopped-up, crumpled form, ending on hiss and random notes. Opener "Atrocity Exhibition" was arguably the most fractured thing the band had yet recorded, Bernard Sumner's teeth-grinding guitar and Stephen Morris' Can-on-speed drumming making for one heck of a strange start. Keyboards also took the fore more so than ever -- the drowned pianos underpinning Curtis' shadowy moan on "The Eternal," the squirrelly lead synth on the energetic but scared-out-of-its-wits "Isolation," and above all else "Decades," the album ender of album enders. A long slow crawl down and out, Curtis' portrait of lost youth inevitably applied to himself soon after, its sepulchral string-synths are practically a requiem. Songs like "Heart and Soul" and especially the jaw-dropping, wrenching "Twenty Four Hours," as perfect a demonstration of the tension
elease or soft/loud approach as will ever be heard, simply intensify the experience. Joy Division were at the height of their powers on Closer, equaling and arguably bettering the astonishing Unknown Pleasures, that's how accomplished the four members were. Rock, however defined, rarely seems and sounds so important, so vital, and so impossible to resist or ignore as here.

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Release Date: 01/13/2008
Label: London Import
UPC: 0639842821926
catalogNumber: 428219
Rank: 18579

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Closer 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
goboFL More than 1 year ago
A Band cut short in its prime, this is simply the greatest album of the 80's. a dark, twisted adventure through the final thoughts of Ian Curtis through off key, but strangely nice vocals a must buy. Especially if you like an album that marked the beggining of new age and signaled the end of the post punk movement
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly gifted songwriter Ian Curtis knew how to write poetic meaningful songs. Gloomy and Depressing I did find some solice in his words as well as many others. There are some danceable tracks in here like Isolation and Means to an End. Joy Division was one of the best bands in rock that ended too soon, along with the likes of Nirvana and The Doors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joy Division remains one of the most influental Gothic/Punk bands to date, and this CD proves why! It is so thought provoking... The songs are beautiful and have such unique sounds. You can listen to it and dance, or just listen & take it all in! Give it a chance, you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago