Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
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Based on 6 reviews
1979 Ratings: #16 / 105
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1979 Ratings: #1
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June 14, 1979 / Release Date
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All visceral, all emotional, all theatrical, all perfect -- one of the best albums ever.


Simply put, the group's debut full-length Unknown Pleasures, released in 1979, sounds like little that came before it. At its most familiar, it vaguely approximates the cold claustrophobia of Iggy's The Idiot or David Bowie's Low, but from the first notes of "Disorder" on, the music is almost as alien as its iconic cover art.

The band’s debut ‘Unknown Pleasures’, originally released in 1979, is simply one of the best records ever made, and is still powerful enough to floor you 28 years on.
Rolling Stone

By the time of their first LP, Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division had tempered their style, planishing it down to a doleful, deep-toned sound that often suggested an elaborate version of the Velvet Underground or an orderly Public Image Ltd.


Because of the amateurish nature and missing feel of the album, Unknown Pleasures stands as a solid album for the men of Joy Division, but greater things were to come.

As much as a normie I sound right now, I owe a lot to Ian Curtis. Before getting into music, I was watching several films a day. Was a way to cope with frequent panic attacks back then. One of these films I watched was called Control, a biopic about Ian Curtis, a really well made one too. Kind of funny how I knew about his life before I listened to a single album by Joy Division. Regardless, seeing that film made me really interested in listening to his music, as I was fascinated with the ... read more
Disorder can go down as one of the best songs ever made
I gave this album a second chance but it's really hard for me to change my mind about it. The instrumental part is not that bad but the vocalist's voice sounds terrible. I really respect this album for the song lyrics but I can not feel any pleasure hearing his vocals. Even without them i'ts really mediocre and kinda ''whatever'' album lol

Edit: I gave this album a third chance and I think it's not that bad at all. Songs like Disorder or Shadowplay are really great. Still, I can't convince ... read more
At this point I feel like ordering a kms
I don’t believe half the shit i actually give a 100 is a perfect score, but Joy Division is arguably my favorite artist of all time

Unknown Pleasures can be interpreted as a lot of things, but one things for sure is that this will never be forgotten
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Track List

  1. Disorder
  2. Day of the Lords
  3. Candidate
  4. Insight
  5. New Dawn Fades
  6. She's Lost Control
  7. Shadowplay
  8. Wilderness
  9. Interzone
  10. I Remember Nothing
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Added on: January 5, 2013