Digital (Live at Live 8, University of London Union; Encore)
Label: London Records
Joy Division's second (and last true) album, Closer finds them expanding their innovative guitar rock into a multitude of sonic styles and tempos. The brilliance of songs like "Heart and Soul," "Decades" and "Isolation" (which could've been a pop single) and Ian Curtis' domineering personality serve to make this a strikingly mature work that should've been beyond the grasp of its creators (a fancy way of saying Closer contains that special magic artists can rarely plan for). This remastered edition includes a London concert that is miles better than the one originally included on Still.