Rating music out of five can be quite a frivolous thing for many reasons. Primarily because in these dark times of corporate control, target marketing, MTV, and ubiquitus superficiality everybody seems to have forgotten that music doesn't only have to serve as entertainment - it can be art, too. Come on people! There are more emotions to be expressed out there than 'happy!' and 'dancing!'...
Indeed, Joy division's first album received not only critical acclaim as one of the most hugely influential, original, and beautifully dark albums ever released, but also as one of the most important pieces of 'art' currently available on a shiny metallic disc. Having said that, don't feel you'll like this album straight away, maybe not even after a couple of listens. You won't be dancing to it in a club, you wouldn't hear it on radio 1, you couldn't possibly play it at a house party or try to get your 12 year old daughter to like it. Which is why, no doubt, some people have overlooked the meaning of this album and rated it negatively.
However, give it a chance. Give it a chance and you just might realise that this album is the most honest and emotionally effecting pieces of work out there. Its as if somebody developed a machine that took a chunk of Ian Curtis's troubled brain, transcribe it into musical form and then stick it directly onto a CD for you - thats how raw the emotion of this album is. And raw emotion is what good music, no, 'art', should be all about.