In the wake of New Order's fallout and subsequent break-up, co-founder Peter Hook has been busy revisiting his earlier roots as bassist for legendary post-punk innovators Joy Division.
This 10-track album features several Joy Division classics, re-interpreted by Hook and band, including female vocalist Rowetta, who transforms "Atmosphere" into a soaring angelic symphony with an almost operatic tone. "Pictures In My Mind" is an unfinished Joy Division demo, now "finished" by Hook, and this is a more raw punk-oriented piece that remains faithful to the Joy Division legend. Other cuts, like "New Dawn Fades" or "Insight", also include vocals by Rowetta. Appended to the album are instrumental versions of all the songs, as if to appease classic fans who may not appreciate the updated vocal stylings. Solid work, and though it may not open up a new audience to the classic music of Joy Division, "1102/2011" is a solid retrospective of the band's work. (Hacienda Records)
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