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Greatest English rock band,
By A Customer
This review is from: Closer (Audio CD)
If we measure the greatness of art in terms of inventiveness, innovation and insight then Joy Division hit the mark. At a time when the north of England was producting bands who actually took rock as a musical form to somewhere new, Joy Division stand out as the most innovative. Their music is paradoxical and mysterious. It is hard-edged and brutal, yet also beautiful and shimmering. Lyrically, there is no denying that the songs on this album are often pretentious. Curtis's voice is also pretty non-musical, but that is part of what actually makes them as a band. Let's hope Manchester musicians look to the likes of this for inspiration and attempt, like Joy Division, to do something genuinely creative, rather than the jaded re-hashing of the past we get from bands like Oasis.