This album was an impulse buy for me after hearing endless good work on this band, and comparisons to Interpol, whose "Turn on the Bright Lights" was a favorite of mine from last year. I am extremely glad I bought this album: although it is very unlike "Love Will Tear Us Apart" which until now has been my only taste of the band, I love this album. It is dark, funereal, but there is a certain beauty in the songs, especially considering Ian Curtis' suicide a few years later. His voice is one of wonder, Peter Hook's bass is instantly identifiable, and the drumming is crisp. Don't want to seem uncool, but there's a similiarity that Van Halen has with the drum sound on "All Fired Up" on the OU812 album, very crisp, yet somehow dull? It's hard to describe, you have to hear it. Don't listen to people who call this album depressing! I was an advocate of that view for a while, without even hearing properly their full sound: I was wrong. This is a magnificent album, and truly one of the greatest of the past quarter century.