40 years old this year, Closer is the second and final studio album by Joy Division, released on 18 July 1980. Produced by Martin Hannett, it was released two months after the suicide of lead singer and lyricist Ian Curtis.
Closer is widely recognised as a seminal release of the post-punk era. In his review Pitchfork critic Joshua Klein described the album as "even more austere, more claustrophobic, more inventive, more beautiful and more haunting than its predecessor", calling it "Joy Division's start-to-finish masterpiece; a flawless encapsulation of everything the group sought to achieve."
A Means to an End
Heart and Soul
Twenty Four Hours