"Death or glory, becomes just another story"

- The Clash
 

Closer (album) by Joy Division 

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Closer
Closer by Joy Division (1980)
Overall rank: 65th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 1,467 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1980 (2nd)
Top 10 albums of the 1980s (8th)
Top 100 albums of all time (65th)

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Joy Division bestography

Closer is ranked 2nd best out of 12 albums by Joy Division on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Joy Division is Unknown Pleasures which is ranked number 33 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 49,307.

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Members who like this album also like: Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division, Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd and London Calling by The Clash.

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Average Rating: 
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From JimagineL 09/15/2018 04:05
Somewhere in this album, there was inserted the last breath of Ian Curtis, this one has a more introspective overall sound than unknown pleasures, and less confined production.
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From radio-head 05/22/2018 08:20
Nowhere near as great as Unknown Pleasures.
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80/100
From jwammo12 04/22/2018 22:16
Side two of this album is absolutely amazing!
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85/100
From Crumpet 04/04/2018 15:48
This album is really nice, the first 6 tracks are varying degrees of good, all of them would make an album worth listening to, but the last 3 tracks are amazing and make his a must listen.
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From Sqez 03/04/2018 12:10
The far better JD album for me, better songwriting, darker songs, no irritating vocals, and some actual melodies that are dingy yet ever so slightly danceable. I wonder how the album is suppoed to be pronounced though, closer as in getting close to something or closer as in the end of something. Interesting possible double meaning nontheless.
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From Ashmark 02/14/2018 00:09
Unique sound. Curtis wears it all on his sleeve.
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From Sandrof1969 02/11/2018 21:22
Canzoni superbe, suoni calibrati in maniera perfetta, uno scandagliare l'oscurità della musica e dell'animo umano che non è mai stato ( e credo mai sarà ) così riuscito. DEFINITIVO.
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From micah88800 02/06/2018 08:45
I’ve always felt personally insulted that Unkown Pleasures consistently gets more recognition than this(better cover art maybe?). I suppose it’s a little more accessible if you’re not a joy division fan. I feel In A lot of ways, that album was still a band getting used to their sound. Closer is The Joy Division sound. The production still has the trademark minimalism and icy overtones, yet feels more polished. It is relentlessly dark without the pretense of bands like the cure. Isolation, 24 hours, and my personal favorite JD song, Decades. Closer tops UP hand over first for me.
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From RealSlimFatty 02/04/2018 13:37
After Unknown Pleasures and this, one can only wonder how amazing their next record would have been.
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From Michael1981 01/05/2018 20:36
Very atmospheric and compelling album. The final track, Decades, is one of the most beautiful I've ever heard and really makes the album special by releasing so much emotion at the end. A truly evocative listen. Makes a convincing case for this being among the very greatest albums of all time. Astonishing.
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