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Closer Import

4.5 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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  • 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 23 customer reviews
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1. Atrocity exhibition
2. Isolation
3. Passover
4. Colony
5. A Means To An End
6. Heart & Soul
7. Twenty Four Hours
8. The Eternal
9. Decades

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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.
ATROCITY EXHIBITION:
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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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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This is an album that will never loose it's meaning. I bought it 16 years ago as my first joy division album, but I still come back to it every now and then. And every time I listen to it I feel that same rush of excitement that I felt 16 years ago.
This music is so powerful in emotion, so pure and beautiful, it will never bore you.
The fact that still so many people appreciate and connect to this music shows that this record definately has more than just historical interest (see review below). The emotions that this music conveys are of all times.
Also, the fact that Ian Curtis commited suicide shortly after the recordings for this album were finished, adds nothing to the strenght or interest of this album. It stands as a great work of art on itself and doesn't need any myths or sad stories to make it more interesting.
To me it's one of the greatest rock albums ever. Respect and thanks to Ian Curtis and the others for this beautiful album.
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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 and Altamont concluded and silenced the 60s, robbing all momentum that had been gained. Consider Joy Division's wholly original synthesis of the power of punk with the pulse of disco as its musical framework injected with visionary lyrics and then consider that, since punk and disco so drastically changed the musical landscape now nearly 30 years ago, there have been no new musical forms other than rap. Ian Curtis strived for beauty and love and understanding but was too often confronted with horror. He lacked a common language and felt too deeply. Ian Curtis allowed us to take an intense journey from a comfortable distance by exposing his soul to us. Heart and Soul - one will burn. Closer is one of the ten greatest rock albums of all time.
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