#436 Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division is a band I have heard, even though it was later in life. They are one of the most influential bands of the late 70s. Unknown Pleasures is the only album released during lead singer Ian Curtis‘s lifetime. Their second album was released two months after his suicide.

The first song “Disorder” still sounds fresh to me. It could have been released during the resurgence of post-punk/new wave in the early 2000s. I love this song. This is my kind of music.

All of the songs are on this album are worth listening to again and again. The music is sparse and Curtis has a deep dark sexy voice that teeters on the fence of death and life. It is hard to believe this album turned 40 years old in June. It still has the power to make me feel sadness. I can relate to Curtis’s darkness that drove him to suicide. 10/10.

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