Welcome to the latest edition of Masterpiece Reviews. Once again, we’ve thrown on our favorite velvet robe, turned up the fire, and are here to regale you with stories of the greatest and most classic albums of all time. It’s a fresh, new perspective on why these albums are filed under “M” for masterpiece.
This week, Nick Freed returns to discuss Joy Division’s second and final album, Closer, in honor of its 35th anniversary. Released in 1980, the album was recorded while the band was on break from touring behind their groundbreaking debut, Unknown Pleasures, after frontman Ian Curtis’ epilepsy worsened on the road. Sadly, Curtis would never live to see this work praised as he killed himself two months before its release.
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