Not many rock bands have touched Joy Division's ability to drag listeners to the very edge of the psyche's dark precipice, leaving them dangling there, uncertain of finding a safe ledge. Commanding lead vocalist Ian Curtis kept pushing his personal journey through the heart of darkness until no return was possible -- his May 1980 suicide left behind one of the most moving epitaphs of all time in "Love Will Tear Us Apart." Perhaps of greater interest to newcomers than to veterans, Permanent: Joy Division 1995 bestows a more expansive, less claustrophobic remix on 16 key tracks. If your music library is Joy Division-free, Permanent is an essential addition. "This is the room, the start of it all..."
AllMusic Review by Roch Parisien