Joy Division - Closer
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1980 Ratings: #12 / 157
User Score
1980 Rank: #4All Time: #210
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Joy Division were at the height of their powers on Closer, equaling and arguably bettering the astonishing Unknown Pleasures, that's how accomplished the four members were. Rock, however defined, rarely seems and sounds so important, so vital, and so impossible to resist or ignore as here.

100
Q Magazine

Closer [is] less clattering and disturbingly more haunted ... Martin Hannett's delicate production prized every last shivering nuance. On one level it's a terrifying last testament.

80
Rolling Stone

The music of Joy Division — an art-minded English postpunk band that initially struck reviewers as a tuneful version of PiL — sets forth an even more indelible vision of gloom. In fact, it's a vision so steeped in deathly fixations that it proved fatal.

halbery
88

i was getting atrocity exhibition vibes

barcooper
100

Hehehehe these guys are literally copying danny brown xdddd, Come up with your own name you stupid idiots!!!
Anyway, I haven't given a 10 for like 3 months now, And I felt like I might not find another one ever again, But honestly this album might be a ten for me, I need to see how often I will return to it and how it will hold up for me in the future.
(I changed my mind at the end of the review lol)

Closer is Joy Division's second and last album, The vocalist Ian Curtis took his own life ... read more

Shaze1
97

Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980)

“Closer" by Joy Division is a haunting and atmospheric album that has long been regarded as a seminal work in the post-punk genre. Released in 1980, just months after lead singer Ian Curtis' tragic suicide, the album showcases the band's unique sound and lyrical depth.

The opening track, "Atrocity Exhibition," sets the tone for the album with its dissonant guitar riffs and unsettling lyrics. Curtis' voice is raw and ... read more

Buckeshots
95

Holy shit I get it now. I will never call joy division over rated again I’ve seen the light . Everything about this record is incredible

PrisonerOfFate
91

THIS IS IT! THIS IS JOY DIVISIONS BETTER ALBUM! Every issue I had with Unknown Pleasures is non-existent in this album! I love this album so much! Every song is just so fucking good! The Eternal is my favorite song on this album, and holy shit it's good. It's not overly sad, it's the perfect amount of emotion. Ian Curtis's voice is so much better in this album. One time someone asked me if I had to date any male musician who'd it be, and my response was, "Well probably Ian Curtis, we have ... read more

64

Supreisingly bad, not that bad, feels to different from the first lp

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Track List

1Atrocity Exhibition
6:04
93
2Isolation
2:55
91
3Passover
4:45
90
4Colony
3:55
88
5A Means to an End
4:09
90
6Heart and Soul
5:53
92
7Twenty Four Hours
4:28
95
8The Eternal
6:04
94
9Decades
6:14
96
Total Length: 44 minutes

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Added on: September 24, 2012