A very transitional album. Released just one year after Joy Division had ended, it has the ghost of that band drifting in and out of every song. The production is often criticized for having a mournful sound, but it's those moments that I enjoy most. I can ignore the bits I don't like and be left with the sound of Post-punk in a state of flux. The bits I ignore introduce the Dance-friendly Pop that would become the soundtrack to many a pill-head's Saturday night in later years. Bernard Sumner took vocal duties only because no one else wanted to, and he did okay.