Joy Division
Unknown Pleasures


4.5
superb

Review

by MegaMetalHeadBro USER (8 Reviews)
August 27th, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1979 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A landmark in atmospheric music with some ridiculously good tracks and one of the most haunting sounds ever put to record

For a band with such an incredibly short career, Joy Division's impact on the music scene in general is absolutely monumental. They were a group that released just two studio albums, both of which were immensely popular, before they were tragically cut short by the suicide of their lead singer in 1980. The legacy that they left behind is one that has inspired countless young musicians throughout the years through their depressing, bleak and incredibly well put together style of rock music. Few artists can claim to have moved people as much as Joy Division did in as short a space of time as they did.

Their debut studio album was entitled Unknown Pleasures and was released in 1979 to critical acclaim. The first thing that many people will notice about this release is the absolutely incredible bass work present throughout. This is not an album where any member of the band shows off on their respective instrument, keeping a minimalistic feel throughout, but the bass that drives the first track is enough to impress almost everyone. Another factor of this album that is all-so-evident to the masses is the very dark, haunting feel that each track carries. If the introduction to Day Of The Lord does not bring your mood right down to rock bottom then you are not letting this release sink in enough. The pain that their vocalist was going through is all too well reflected by the sounds on Unknown Pleasures.

This is an album where every single member of the band is absolutely integral, with there not being a weak link in sight. The six minute closer to this release is probably the best example of this, with a really horrifying introduction that takes a while to build up and lead into the vocals but when it does this is perhaps the finest track on the album. The drumming on this release is not the most technically talented work ever heard but definitely complements the rest of the instruments, whilst the off-kilter vocal performance contributes so much feeling to the dark, murky lyrical content. Candidate is another really great example of how minimalism is handled well on this release, with the drumming and bass work thumping along at a slow, deliberate pace without any real oomph behind it but still carrying this album.

Joy Division's debut is a stellar work that makes great use of limited technical ability to deliver a landmark in atmospheric music. Whilst many people will no doubt declare this to be overrated to fit in with the hipster lifestyle that so much of society seems to have sunk into, a lot of people will realize that this is the sounds of sheer torment in musical form and it really works.



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sixdegrees
August 27th 2013


17048 Comments


wait this isnt thrash

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Gwyn.
August 27th 2013


15080 Comments


Deconstructing jokes is never fun

FreddieTheHorse
August 27th 2013


74 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ian Curtis is an awful singer.

FreddieTheHorse
August 27th 2013


74 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't like his voice :

FreddieTheHorse
August 27th 2013


74 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

But nice review :P.

jefflebowski
August 27th 2013


8242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

terrible singer, awesome voice that suits the music perfectly

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Freddey
August 27th 2013


135 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

His voice suits the music splendidly.

jefflebowski
August 27th 2013


8242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this thread 'aint big enough for 2 freddies

you must fight it out

sideburndude
August 27th 2013


2782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

His singing is not terrible, just average. And it suites the music perfectly so it's all good

sixdegrees
August 27th 2013


17048 Comments


freddey > freddie

mindleviticus
August 27th 2013


8229 Comments


freddey is overrated

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sixdegrees
August 27th 2013


17048 Comments


nah he's great

mindleviticus
August 27th 2013


8229 Comments


neck

jefflebowski
August 27th 2013


8242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

combine the posts with the avatars and this anime has potential

Ovrot
August 27th 2013


10494 Comments


I saw a 10 year old with a joy division shirt last time i went to olive garden.

yeah

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2013


18465 Comments


kids these days

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FreddieTheHorse
August 28th 2013


74 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Joy division shirts are like 7-10 bucks new.Since they're cheap,some people (kids usually) get the
shirts just for the logo.

InbredJed
August 28th 2013


5884 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

That explains so much

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ViperAces
August 28th 2013


12428 Comments


yea, i saw many of them when i went to buy some shit recently

FreddieTheHorse
August 28th 2013


74 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It makes them look dumb when you ask them what their favorite Joy Division song is and they can't respond because they don't know shit x)



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