“Unknown Pleasures” draws you in with a doleful drone, at first suggestive of the Velvet Underground, and interspersed with sounds of deep breaths and footsteps. As Mikal Gilmore writes in Rolling Stone, by the end of “Love will Tear Us Apart,” “Curtis has run out of will,” but the music doesn’t. It is as though the album, desolate and cavernous, foreshadows absence. The image on the cover is an early diagram from a study in pulsars and the formation of a black hole, found by the band in the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Astronomy. Peter Saville, who designed the cover, described the image as “both technical and sensual.” The title is absent from the front, which adds to the ambiguity and power of the cover.
Vinyl Record, Cardboard Sleeve
121/8 × 121/4 IN