I never thought I'd come to say this, but as much as I love the early Factory records' sound, this could stand as my favorite album from that deep catalog. It's got that super great Martin Hannett production that made Joy Division such a classic group. And yes, it does sound like J.D. at most times, but there's something that almost seems a little more chaotic here. For example, the static buzz guitars on "Friendly Fires," sound almost Jesus & Mary Chainish. I will say this band took a severe turn toward shitmaking, but this stands as one of the definitive post punk documents. Kinda weird few people talk about it much.
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