If Unknown Pleasures was Joy Division at their most obsessively, carefully focused, ten songs yet of a piece, Closer was the sprawl, the chaotic explosion that went every direction at once.
Who knows what the next path would have been had Ian Curtis not chosen his end?
But steer away from the rereading of his every lyric after that date to dechiper any hiddenn meanings. Treat Closer as simply the next album and you will realise just how Joy Division's power had grown and matured.
Joy Division were essentialy a producers band Martin Hannett seems to have taken as many chances as the band itself throughout -- differing mixes, differing atmospheres, new twists and turns define the entirety of Closer,
Joy Division were at the height of their powers on Closer, equaling and arguably bettering the astonishing Unknown Pleasures, that's how accomplished the four members were. Rock, however defined, rarely seems and sounds so important, so vital, and so impossible to resist or ignore as here