My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Closer is the second and final album by English band Joy Division. The album was recorded over about two weeks in March of 1980. It was released in July of the same year, two months after vocalist Ian Curtis committed suicide.
What I think: After finally fully making it through Joy Division’s debut album Unknown Pleasures, I really enjoyed it. As this one is even more loved by fans, so I thought I would like it as well. Unfortunately, I just don’t like it and I can’t really say why. Curtis’ vocals are similar, the music is a bit more dancey (signaling what was next for the rest of the band), but nothing really grabs me and it leaves me disinterested. It’s funny I can hear a lot of emotion in Curtis’ vocals and in the music (there is some really good rock here, like on “Colony”), but I always just want to move on.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’m going to say pass, and feel free to look down on me for that. It just doesn’t do anything for me.
Rating (Out of 5) 2
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (112/477)
Amount that are new to me: 76%