Joy Division's first full-length studio album didn't quite strike the tone the band was looking for according to some of its members. The sound was sparse, toned-down compared to the vital and aggressive live performances the band had hoped to replicate in studio. But the overall effect, as both listeners and the musicians themselves would realize, was the invention of a whole new dark and spacious post-punk sound. Unknown Pleasures ripples with moody, urgent guitar, unsettling audio effects and cryptic lyrics, plus Ian Curtis' plaintive vocals, especially pointed in standout tracks like "Disorder" and "New Dawn Fades." Joy Division would reorganize shortly after their second album and Curtis' death, but the disquieting beauty of Unknown Pleasures has remained at the centre of the goth solar system ever since.