Not sure on this one tbh. Will take the opportunity to listen to the albums and read the comments, which I’m sure will be pretty intense.
I like both the albums and Substance, whilst by it’s nature patchy, is an interesting insight into the development of a band.
Don’t actually have any desire to hear Love Will Tear Us Apart ever again tbh. Yes it’s wonderful, just you know I’ve heard it 50,000 times.
Technique was quite possibly the first good album I bought at the time of release so I have far more of an emotional attachment to NO and have listened to them far more over the years. JD I actually only ever listened to to any great degree over one very specific period in my life when I had a journey to take every day and I’d listened to the 2 albums on that journey. So pretty much listened to JD everyday for maybe 8 or 9 months but barely at all before or since.
Easy 5. As close to a perfect discography as any band I can think of.
Very hard to chose between the two albums. UP is more thrilling and its ‘highs’ are possibly higher, but it does have the odd flat spot. The songwriting on Closer is more sophisticated, the sound more developed and you don’t get the sense that you get occasionally on UP of the songs being overwhelmed by the production. I went for Closer, although I’d probably be more likely to put UP on (Closer is so powerful it’s almost stressful to listen to).
Single was easy - Atmosphere is possibly the greatest record ever made and still thrills me as much now as it did 30 odd years ago when I first heard it.
In my opinion “a crooner” has got to be one of the biggest scams going. Fair play to the lads, they’re doing well out of it but buying a suit and then singing normally shouldn’t be as big a recipe for success as it is.
Four from me, probably a 4.5 rounded down really. Some absolute brilliance, but they’ve never quite clicked enough with me for a five, and if I do give them a five, where do I go when New Order come up?
The single choice is very tough. It is obviously the Licht Und Blindheit record, given that Atmosphere and Dead Souls is maybe the best double whammy of A and B side ever (and then they added She’s Lost Control on the UK 12” - ooof), but which is best? I reckon Atmosphere might just shade it for the spangly keyboard part.
4 for me. One of those bands whose talent and influence is obvious, but I’ve never felt a real emotional connection to, and it’s not often I’ll actually listen to them (though did go through a phase of rinsing Unknown Pleasures a few years back and that is a great album).
Both albums are patchy, but it’s remarkable how many bands have copied them but still not gotten close to JD’s magic formula. Transmission still sounds like it’s come from somewhere else. Remarkable song.