Yes it is.
Very energetic, strong but coming from the dark, black cloud that is unmistakably a part of human nature too. And due to the rhythmic quality very danceable. Maybe more so then The Smiths.
There is a strong appeal, especially due to the charismatic personality of singer Ian Curtis. If you can rent Control at the videostore you get a good impression. If you like it is up to you of course. I did. Maybe you have to be in a special mood to appreciate them. It is doom, doom, doom.
In comparison to Smiths and Moz, I miss the humour, the tragic comedy side. The selfmocking. The flair, the blazers,
the witty lyrics of Moz and his "grandeur". The Smiths gained more variety during their existence.
His style and his daring, maybe arrogant presentation, but a genuine one. And, a funny one.
The great guitar playing of Johnny Marr was fitting Moz and his lyrics and personality as a front man fitted Marr and I believe it was a great, great, musical, enigmatic, magic partnership.
One in a million.
" Love Will Tear Us Apart Again "