9 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chillier and more ethereal than the charred Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division's second and final studio album tore a jagged hole through post-punk convention, as dirges like "Atrocity Exhibition" rubbed elbows with manic, synth-streaked dance-floor cuts like "Isolation." Dripping with echo, Martin Hannett's production gleams like a freshly polished tombstone. Late frontman Ian Curtis is the music's aching center of gravity, by turns unhinged, dejected, and resigned. To hear the album is to mourn what might have been—and celebrate what was.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chillier and more ethereal than the charred Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division's second and final studio album tore a jagged hole through post-punk convention, as dirges like "Atrocity Exhibition" rubbed elbows with manic, synth-streaked dance-floor cuts like "Isolation." Dripping with echo, Martin Hannett's production gleams like a freshly polished tombstone. Late frontman Ian Curtis is the music's aching center of gravity, by turns unhinged, dejected, and resigned. To hear the album is to mourn what might have been—and celebrate what was.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

The Interstate ,

This was voted album of the year in 1980.

This is a VERY good album, great lyrics, great instruments. Influenced countless artists (U2, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, and Radiohead, just to name a few). BUY IT!

AKbrain ,

Beautiful farewell

The other masterpiece from four guys who coulda given us so much more...RIPI.C.

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