Joy Division - Closer

Joy Division

Closer

87
Reviewed Oct 2, 2017
After releasing what might be post-punk's most iconic album, Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division would go on to release Closer. Many consider this to be superior to Unknown Pleasures, and this is the main reason as to why I decided to listen to this. Listening to this album, I feel like Joy Division went deeper into their bleak sound, and created something that is even more dark and unsettling than their previous album.

The songs here feel more challenging in comparison as well, as they envelope the listener into their twisted worlds. Each track here is claustrophobic and oppressive, and these two aspects make this album as great as it is. They add a lot to tracks such as the perfect opener "Atrocity Exhibition" and the chilling "Twenty Four Hours", and they help make these tracks as effective as they are.

Joy Division also embodies the usage of synthesizers in some of the tracks here. This could be a hint of what the remaining members of the band would do in New Order, but the usage of synthesizers here helps add to the bleakness of the tracks. The synth on "Decades" adds a decadent feeling to the entire track, and the atmosphere is one of the things that makes this album as great and as effective as it is.

If there are any complaints that I have to this album, is that the flow of this album isn't as good as the flow in their previous LP, and that the synthesizers do feel a little bit dated these days. But still though, this is a near-perfect album from Joy Division, and one of the most stellar post-punk albums ever recorded.
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Oct 5, 2017
music is good
Oct 5, 2017
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