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Closer [Import]

Joy Division Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suicide's Rock Opera March 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
Joy Division's second and final album, Closer, is one of the most harrowing albums ever written, and easily very depressing and funereal. I can't listen to it now and enjoy it, as much as it is inspiring to express your inner pain so beautifully and artistically. I listen to it as more of an ambient piece or an observational work of a life on the verge of complete collapse.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into The White July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
This one time when I was partying with this buddy of mine and a bunch of others, we were partying like a bizatch, drinking pints and pints of yagermeister. At the party they had a booming stereo hookup, and me and my friend were all like badass. So I like had my carrying case with me and I popped in Joy Division's Closer for everyone to hear. Boy was that a mistake. By the time the first song was over three people had wrote suicide notes and killed themselves and dozens were going to jump off my friend's balcony in a mass suicide because suddenly life just wasn't worth living. This album has that kind of vibe.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to put into words... Oct. 17 2003
By satan
Format:Audio CD
It really is hard for me to explain how moving I find this recording. It's impossible to listen to it without thinking of Ian's suicide. Completely inseparable now are these 2 things and I think that's why it creates such an overwhelming response in people who listen to it. It truly brings you frighteningly close to the final anguished breath of a man on the verge of the edge of the end of sanity. Closer, (pun fully intended) than I'd prefer to ever be again. Yet I am drawn to it. I listen to a song here and there from time to time. Knowing full well that I must hold at arms length the very idea of once more listening from beginning to end. Somehow I find it necessary to make an active decision when I want to listen to this in its entirety. I can never just 'put it on' and listen to it. Not that I go through any rituals. But I know how once more my emotions will be torn apart as I slip deeper into a virtual trance-like state with every passing note. I guess you could say that this album scares me like no other music I've ever known. It's so hard to know that if I commit to all of it, I will be left feeling drawn thin and wasted, wanting nothing more than to lay in the dark feeling lost and vulnerable.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars what?!?
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 more
Published on July 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars !
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 more
Published on July 14 2004 by ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Album of the 80s
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 more
Published on July 1 2004 by James Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance
This CD is perfect in every way. Joy Division take pure beauty and expression manages to warp it in a plastic disk. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Morgana the Moth Girl
2.0 out of 5 stars Depressing!
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!
Published on June 26 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I'm Missing Something
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 more
Published on June 6 2004 by Christopher Ratzlaff
5.0 out of 5 stars I always come back to Closer
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 more
Published on May 29 2004 by Wheres my Slippers
5.0 out of 5 stars Charmingly psychological
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 more
Published on April 20 2004 by David van Sise
5.0 out of 5 stars Coherent, balanced, and essential
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 more
Published on April 15 2004 by "poormansprophet"
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't be mislead
Sorry for marring this album's record with a 2 star rating, but I consider it closer to bad than good. Read more
Published on March 12 2004
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