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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.Read more ›
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 ›
On a lighter note, if you're a fan of Joy Division and Closer you should really check out 'The Eternal: Variations On Joy Division' by the Nau Ensemble. It's an incredible stripped down classical and Gregorian chant style treatment of Joy Divisions music. Very sparse yet very rewarding. Highly recommended.
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Ok let me first state this is a wonderful album and a wonderful band....but i am writing this more because i was disgusted by "A music fan"'s review titled... Read morePublished on July 18 2004
this was the first joy division album i bought, at first, i was "eh" with it, but then after a few listens i was addicted. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by ryan
When Ian Curtis hanged himself on the eve of Joy Division embarking on their first US tour, he effectively extinguished the flame of the 70s in much the same manner that Kent State... Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by James Wheeler
This CD is perfect in every way. Joy Division take pure beauty and expression manages to warp it in a plastic disk. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Morgana the Moth Girl
I enjoy New Order, and thought I'd take a chance on an album by Joy Division.
Man, is this stuff ever depressing. I glad they ditched the singer and turned up the synths!
Take this review for what it's worth, being in my mid-20s I was born about the same time Ian took his own life, so I can't give you a review of an old fan, simply as someone who is... Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Christopher Ratzlaff
This is hands down, the most harrowing, cryptic and most beautiful album I've ever heard. Ian Curtis' voice isn't a pretty one, yet his amazing lyrics captivate me like none... Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by Wheres my Slippers
What to describe this as, is very hard to do. While there was a definate 80's sound here there was also something entirely different and prevoking. Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by David van Sise
As far as Joy Division was able to go with Ian Curtis, a mere two albums, it's very hard to believe how significant their music was. Read morePublished on April 15 2004