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Closer (Collector's Edition)

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Released just months after singer Ian Curtis’ suicide, Closer is the second studio album by the groundbreaking band Joy Division. As if signaling the group's importance to the rest of the world, the English charts had the good sense to host Closer in the Top 10 for several months in 1980. It would take years for the band (and the aforementioned song, its most famous) to be recognized stateside by more than the most devoted underground music fans. As revelatory as their first LP, Unknown Pleasures, was, Closer colored the post-punk world in shockingly deep hues of black and gray, hitherto unseen: echoing and hollow bass lines, chilly and crystalline synths that stabbed like knives, and brittle, crackling snares suspended in rifts of open space were the order of the day. Guitars scrape and saw; funereal piano notes plod. Never before had gloom and despair sounded so bleakly beautiful. Curtis’ performance is gloriously dramatic, yet utterly honest and ungilded. Closer is a necessary companion LP for anyone who owns Unknown Pleasures, and this 2007 edition is accompanied by 12 tracks recorded live at the University of London in 1980. 

Customer Reviews

Closer

Closer is JD’s masterpiece. Plain and simple. But it was also their swan song. They all developed as musicians and this album shows their graduation from a punk-influenced sound to a more electronic base. While in New Order, the members (minus Curtis, of course) would venture further in to electronics, eventually becoming a full blown electronica group. Curtis’ lyrics and vocals are also very different. The lyrics on Unknown Pleasures were dark, but never really deep. On this record, however, they are very philosophical and hard to understand, often incorporating religious references. They were always depressing, but never so existentialist. He actually sounds like there is absolutely nothing left for him to live for. His vocals sound drained of all energy, and are withered, lifeless, and frequently out of tune (but he was never really the greatest singer anyway). Sometimes he even speak-sings. But that’s the appeal; his voice on Closer is the sound of someone drained of all will to live and isolated to the point of suicidal desperation. He really sounds like some ghostly prophet, like Ezekiel or something. Echo is often added to his voice, which heightens that effect. Like Ian’s singing, the whole album has a very somber, funerary tone. This is possibly caused by the production, which has much more depth and lusciousness. But it isn’t all dirges; the main rocker on the album is “Twenty Four Hours”. It is a raw, raging track, alternating between fiery, guitar based verses and more vocal helmed sections. Curtis also switches gears; he sings prophetic, far away vocals for the raw parts and more desperate, withered moans for the quiet sections. During one quiet section, Ian gives one last, longing look at his fading vista of existence: “Just For One Moment, I Thought I Found My Way…Destiny Unfolded-I Watched It Slip Away”.

closer

What can i say.Joy division will never go away!! Its hard to believe this music is 27+years old! Every song brings you into the dark world of ian curtis. Powerful lyrics, and a sound thats so dark yet filled with energy and sadness!! Too many bands have tried to copy sound of Joy division and none have even come close to succeding.Joy division .Closer was the last album before ians death.Songs 10-21 are a bonus from the original album.BUY this album! You wont be dissappointed! Rolling Stone records rated this album one of the top 100 best albums of all time .

Timeless

Simply a classic. Joy Division will continue to influence from generation to generation.

Biography

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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