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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.

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Track 7 Fixed

Track 7 has been fixed and is now the correct studio version of the song, Shadowplay. For everyones' reference, posting problems about the track in the review section doesn't get the problem fixed. If there's a problem with one of the tracks, users need to go to customer service and send an email complaint/question. Then iTunes gets back to you and a human investigates the problem and takes care of it. Cheers.

Shadowplay (Live)???

I think there is a mistake. Track 7 "Shadowplay" should be the studio version that originally appeared on the LP, but the download is the live version that appeared on "Still." Was this deliberate on the part of the artist or is this a mistake by ITunes or the record label?


I was distirbed to see Joy Division classified in the genre "pop." Anyone who is at all familar with Joy Division knows that the ingenious band is served injustice by being classified as such. It's lyrics are deep and though provoking not fabricated by the industry. But on to the actual review, "She's Lost Control" is hands-down one of the best songs on the album. Rumored to be referencing Ian Curtis' epilepsy it offers insight into the troubled muscians psyche. Offering live versions of the songs allows fans who, like myself, never saw Joy Division live, to catch a glimpse of talent of the band. Ian Curtis, Rest in Peace. the world had a true genius in you.


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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