- Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: WEA/Warner
- ASIN: B000002LGN
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
|1. Atrocity exhibition|
|5. A Means To An End|
|6. Heart & Soul|
|7. Twenty Four Hours|
|8. The Eternal|
It has been said that Ian Curtis' girlfriend (or wife) said that Closer sounded a lot like a Genesis record. As much as their initial love for high energy punk as well as David Bowie's "Berlin Trilogy," Joy Division inadvertantly did create a Genesis-style concept album about the events and emotions leading to Ian Curtis' suicide in May 1980, months before this album hit shelves. However, Joy Division manages to avoid the cliches of a rock opera (particularly those like Genesis' Lamb Lies Down on Broadway or even The Who's rock operas), particularly with no surreal or austere plot, off-rhythms, theatrics and 10 minute dramatic extravaganzas. Instead, the sound of Closer is cold, clinical, dreary and at times, disturbingly beautiful, so thus, no concept story or theatrics are necessary. Instead, a conceptual tension reveals itself through each of the 9 songs.
This could be a reference to Ian Curtis' epilepsy and how it affected his performances (" For entertainment they watch his body twist/Behind his eyes he says: I still exist"), or his distaste for what people consider entertainment. Events such as bullfighting and pro wrestling are in question in terms of "Killing for a prize" but it could also be a suicidal reference or a decay in Curtis' mental health, since his seizures onstage took a toll on him physically and mentally.
Yeah this is definately not something you'd want to play at parties or social gatherings because it would get everybody's spirits way down and you wouldn't want that because the neighbors would tell all their contemporaries that you throw really bad parties and then your membership to the classy club downtown would be denied and your kids would not be able to go to the private school of their dreams.
This album is more or less Ian Curtis's suicide note. He killed himself pretty much right after recording it and the album didn't come out until after he was buried in the ground. Ian Curtis was an excellent songwriter and vocalist, and the rest of the band were excellent musicians. The songs on here are from the darkest realms of post-punk, not a synthesizer in sight, well actually there are synthesizers, but even they are dark and brooding. Everything on this album is tight, not one section feels rushed or lazy. Listening to this album one can only draw the conclusion that The Cure's darker albums owe a lot to Joy Division. Songs like Heart and Soul and A Means To an End sound like something directly off one of The Cure's better albums.Read more ›
Man, is this stuff ever depressing. I glad they ditched the singer and turned up the synths!