Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
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Based on 6 reviews
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Based on 719 ratings
1979 Ratings: #1
June 14, 1979 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

All visceral, all emotional, all theatrical, all perfect -- one of the best albums ever.

100
Pitchfork

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.

100
NME
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.
80
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.

60
Sputnikmusic

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.

PreeMo
100
Do you know this feeling?...

When you look in the mirror and be like "Fuck this dude!"...no??...well then...

Joy Division might be the best thing in music along with Radiohead...
morningsbell
95
At this point I feel like ordering a kms
exception
91
a true trip that was a wild ride and one of the best post punk albums, and albums in general, ever
fav tracks: disorder, shadowplay, i remember nothing
mxruss
96
Initially, not impressed. I gave it a second chance, though, and I was really captivated by this record. You definitely have to put it into perspective: this album was nothing like anything else at the time. It's even more moving knowing what's in store for Curtis' life. The emotion captured in this record is truly amazing. Awesome album.
Atrocityblubber
97
Disorder can go down as one of the best songs ever made
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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