24 January 2013

Joy Division - Closer

To do this blog I asked Mr Chaney if he had any interesting history pieces about Joy Division. His best one was that just before the release of their 1st album they when they were known as Warsaw they were sixth on a local punk all day festival in Newcastle upon Tyne, were they were described as - and I am quoting here - shite. Not quite the story I was hoping for, but beggars cannot be choosers.  This is the second and final album by Joy Division which was released 2 months after their singer Ian Curtis had killed himself on the eve of their first USA tour.

As much as Curtis is revered as a hero, a musical poet and amazing - if ever there was anyone who needed help and not to be on a tour, this was the man. Everything he ever sings is just so dark and desolate and it is not a happy album. You listen to this and your mood just goes through the floor.   I have had happier times watching war movies, if I was marking this in colours it would be a new shade of black, as ordinary black is just too happy for it.

A few people I know have levelled that this band (and this album) are over rated.  Now I can see what they mean about the band at times, the music is not played very well and slightly messy, Curtis is not the best singer in the world - however this album as a whole, except for "Isolation" - that song is shocking and Therapy? do the best version of it - is just a work of dark post punk genius.

With songs like "Twenty Four Hours", "Passover", "Atrocity Exhibition" and "Colony" this is nothing short of the darkest piece of midnight that has been released as a record. If you are feeling down, this will push you over the edge. If there is anything else out there darker than this, it will need a health warning. Now I need to go to a happy place and if I am asked about this record I can only tell a therapist and using a doll to show where it hurts.....

9 out of 10 - Almost perfect....Almost

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