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Joy Division’s 1979 debut is, at once, glistening and foreboding. Its atmospheric production and Ian Curtis’ dramatic croon—shot through with scything guitars, cutting synthlines and booming bass—combine to create an eerie sense of disconnection and distance. The punchy and anxious “Shadowplay”, the echo-heavy “She’s Lost Control” and the rifftastic “Interzone” are perfect, if not sinister, storms of punk and dance. Other tunes, like pop-brooder “New Dawn Fades” and the tribal-dirge of an album closer, “I Remember Nothing”, set the stage for the coming darkness that was goth rock.

Customer Reviews

Hey, wait, Shadowplay sounds wrong...

I'll remove this review as soon as Itunes sorts this out. Otherwise, it would get a four. The bonus tracks kind of upset the flow of the album (I know this is a box-set in physical; this is Itunes), although I kind of hooked on the live performance of Transmission. The original album gets six stars. This is the sort of album that you need to own if you want to have any grasp on the evolution of music.

Classic album - pointless 'bonus'

Unknown Pleasures is one of the most striking debuts ever recorded. It is a true classic that has stood the test of time. JD only recorded two albums, but they are two of the greatest rock albums ever recorded... This one is is the day, night followed.... No Joy Division concert was ever recorded properly, all that remains is mostly poor to unlistenable bootleg recordings. The second part of this set is one of the poor ones, though there are worse out there... To be generous, it's for desperate fans only...

If you ever consider buying a punk album, make it this one. You will not regret it

With very little material, Joy Division are considered one of the greatest bands to emerge from the punk scene. What they lack in quantity, they sure as hell make up for quality, because I can't think of one band apart from these guys who's made no below average songs, never mind songs I don't like at all. Every song on this album hits hard, and although it may seem like a one trick pony, and does lack slightly in the variety factor, it's about as dark as music gets. The sheer talent that this band had in every position, from basslines, riffs, vocals and most of all song writing ability is beyond outstanding. To be honest, I've ran out of superlatives already, so let me just end this note by saying: wether you're a fan of indie, metal, rap, whatever, give this a listen. It may take more than a couple listens to truly "get it", but really, within given time: this album will change your music taste forever. Highlights include the dark, haunting She's Lost Control, arguably the most uplifting track but equally as brooming as the others, Disorder, and finally my personal favourite New Dawn Fades, with an orgasmic rythm and even better vocal melody.


Formed: 1977 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Formed in the wake of the punk explosion in England, Joy Division became the first band in the post-punk movement by later emphasizing not anger and energy but mood and expression, pointing ahead to the rise of melancholy alternative music in the '80s. Though the group's raw initial sides fit the bill for any punk band, Joy Division later incorporated synthesizers (taboo in the low-tech world of '70s punk) and more haunting melodies, emphasized by the isolated, tortured lyrics of its lead vocalist,...
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