"A cry for help, a hint of anaesthesia"

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Unknown Pleasures (album) by Joy Division 

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Unknown Pleasures
Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division (1979)
Overall rank: 33rd   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
87/100 (from 1,767 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1979 (3rd)
Top 10 albums of the 1970s (10th)
Top 50 albums of all time (33rd)

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Unknown Pleasures is ranked as the best album by Joy Division.

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From mdbaxter 12/10/2018 17:41
This album just isn't for me, I still find it decent but I don't have much of a desire to listen anymore and I've tried to like it. I've listened to it probably 20 times and it just isn't clicking for me. I'm not a big fan of Curtis' voice or the classic 80s drum and synth stuff. I don't know much about music theory or instrumentation but I've never been a fan of the 80s drum (I don't know its technical term) and this album is built on top of that. I get the feeling that the Curtis' story contributes a lot to the clout of this album. I'm hoping to like Closer more.
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From antaiospiano 10/28/2018 05:21
They basically split punk into two with this album. Some people followed their dark and symbolistic songwriting and lo-fi vocals but ignored their flirtations with synths, which lead to post punk - which rocks more but is at times a bit too retro and elitist; other people did the opposite, and there you have new wave - a bless to the ears but ‘rock’ or even ‘punk’ was sometimes not the word to describe it.
This album is exactly in the middle.
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From pjohnsongolf 09/29/2018 03:20
This is one of those albums I wish I would have heard sooner.
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From JimagineL 08/28/2018 15:22
Between the dark an eary photographics, with dark settings and melancolic shots, the people in Joy Division were like any young adults, making jokes and having Fun. Laughts were much more commom than one can imagine listening to the lyrics of "disorder" or "She Lost Control". In fact Ian Curtis, as like any artist, was one of us, just trying to get through his days. Unknown Pleasures is an album of experiencing new things, be them good or bad, revealing from the depts of ourselves, our darkest thoughts, and our dying Hope of someone to come and guide, take us by the hand.
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From Pretender 08/15/2018 12:41
Much of what i like stems from Joy Division (Nick Cave, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Depeshe Mode, Tindersticks etc), but it doesnt mean a lot more than gratefulness. I like the followers a lot more.
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From PeterSmith 08/11/2018 21:56
Only just got this album - Jun 18 - after listening to the excellent Closer. I don't rate this quite as high as Closer but it is still a top album. Disorder, New Dawn Fades, Shadowplay and Interzone all standout for me. Not quire convinced about Candidate though
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From willandthemix 06/23/2018 10:48
A brilliantly moody cross over from punk to new wave. Extremely revolutionary for its time and depicts a lonely and isolated feeling perfectly. RIP Ian
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From facu-janssen 05/16/2018 05:47
I wanna hug Ian Curtis
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From Crumpet 05/04/2018 17:02
I heard this after Closer, an album which I liked, but concluded just wasn’t for me, so I was a little bit hesitant about this.

However, when I listened to this album I was very pleasantly surprised. The vocals on this album are much more emotive than on Closer and the instrumentation is absolutely fantastic, the bass lines (like on Closer) are legendary.

Half of the tracks are amazing, namely “Candidate”, “Insight”, “New Dawn”, “Shadowplay” and (my favourite) “Dedication, and the other half are still very good. This album comes highly recommended.
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From LedZep 04/26/2018 00:24
Not the first post-punk record, but arguably the most influential. Took me some time to get used to production, now I love it. Definitely a grower. Still just an inch worse than Closer imo. Although it's much more diverse, I love the monotonous and even more desperate atmosphere on Closer.
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