Unknown Pleasures (studio album) by Joy Division
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A heavy and dark record that doesn't offer any rest from the gloom which can overpower a lot of new listeners. If you enjoy a tense atmosphere, just like I do, then this record will be a perfect match for you. It is unrelenting with its atmosphere than can so easily smother anyone that listens to it. Every member of the group contributes to this environment with each one giving a fantastic performance. The guitars are distorted and the drum pattern provides a brilliant foundation to build upon. The vocal technique and style is one of the most unique I have ever heard and gives an extra feeling of uneasiness especially on songs such as She's Lost Control and I Remember Nothing. When it all comes together it creates a moody and distinct atmosphere that I love to get lost in time and time again. Overall, this album might not be for everyone but the dark tone and atmosphere works brilliantly for me making it one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had with a record.
Surprised I didn't like this given I like some of Joy Division/New Order's singles. Disorder and New Dawn Fades are great, but I found the rest of the album very monotonous and boring. Massively overrated for me.
So ahead of their time. Especially with unknown pleasures. Sounds like an album that could’ve been made in AT LEAST the early 90’s. Truly one of the best ever
Great sound in a very characterful way.
Stooges’ influence never occurred to me but it’s obvious in Sumner’s guitar.
Also they’re clearly one of Bauhaus’ biggest influence.
Probably the greatest post punk album, almost every song on here is captivating and great in its own way. I really like dark, haunting and heavy atmosphere that maintains through entire record. Disorder, New Dawn Fades, She's Lost Control and Shadowplay are masterpieces.
Dark and challenging mostly where the moments of sparseness feel like respite. There is real substance here but needs multiple listens to get more out of it.
This album combines the sparse, uninspired music of a college band that hasn’t yet learned how to write interesting songs with the permanently flat (musically and emotionally) voice of Ian Curtis.
Disorder had an interesting hook. Then the record slid precipitously off a cliff.
I didn't get the hype on this one.
Post punk in the form that everyone knows it best.
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