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Though hundreds of groups can justifiably claim that Joy Division were a prime influence on their sound, few can claim - apart from New Order of course - that they knew where the group were headed next before Ian Curtis departed. However, Frenchman Marc Nguyen Tan AKA Colder has successfully cultivated a skeletal funk sound where not only does he croon like Ian Curtis but the drum sound pulls off the rare trick of imitating Stephen Morris' style; a trick perfected on 'Crazy Love', 'Where' and 'Version'; three of the outstanding cuts on Colder's debut album. Although Colder clearly regards 1980 as the year zero for music the stark, unfussy production sounds bang up-to-date. Those expecting an uninvolving, austere listen will be glad to hear that 'Confusion' is actually quite soulful and 'This River's descending piano chords is mysterious rather than depressing; additionally Tan intersperses songs with radio dialogue adding a further degree of humanity to proceedings. The DVD backs up the sound with minimalist videos to accompany the sonic experience so we see an animated Curtis-lookalike run endlessly on 'Crazy Love' and 'This River' focuses on a shadowy figure slowly disappearing under the sun. An album whose ideas may sound tried and tested on paper will surely be hailed as one of the albums of the year.
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  CD Track Listing
Standout Track Crazy Love
02 Confusion
03 One Night In Tokyo
04 Shiny Star
05 Version
06 Silicone Sexy
07 Where
08 This River
09 Colder

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  DVD Track Listing
01 The Untitled Minute And A Half
02 Crazy Love
03 This River
04 Version
05 Where
06 Colder

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Joy Division - Preston 28 February 1980, The Complete BBC Recordings
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