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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 15 Jan 2003
This review is from: Substance (Audio CD)
"Substance" is a collection of Joy Division material not included on the now landmark LPs "Unknown Pleasures" & "Closer". It is the album that got me interested in the band, so I would recommend it to anyone for their first purchase. It is amazing to learn that these songs were only available on EPs & singles for eight years, when one could argue it is the groups best work. Standout tracks include "Digital", "Transmission" and "Dead Souls". The album also treats the listener to the hit single "Love Will Tear Us Apart" which has made the top 20 3 separate times. The "golden track" on this collection is "Atmosphere". After listening to the rest of the LP and the two original albums, "Atmosphere" stands alone as the only Joy Division song to sound peaceful. Lyrics aside the sweeping keyboards and crooning vocals sound like nothing else the band wrote. Essentail stuff, the album to buy for Joy Division's most accessable songs.
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