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Classic Albums Joy Division - Closer






" can draw you into its desolate, chiaroscuro atmosphere and fearful, irretrievable circuits. Draw you in and threaten to leave you there." Rolling Stone  
"Closer is as magnificent a memorial as any post-Presley popular musician could have. In the most strict and literal sense of the term, it’s a matter of life and death. Aren’t you glad to live in the kind of times that make people produce music like this?" NME
"On May 18th, 1980, the group's lead singer and lyricist, Ian Curtis, a shy, reticent man who'd written some of the most powerfully authentic accounts of dissolution and despair since Lou Reed hung himself at his home in Macclesfield, England, at the age of twenty three. According to journalistic accounts, he'd been depressed over failed love. According to his songs, he'd looked upon the horror of mortal futility and understood the gravity of what he saw: "Heart and soul one will burn."
“To find out he (Ian Curtis) was going to change the world from then until 30 years later was a wonderful bonus.” Peter Hook, Joy Division / New Order

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