The Cure
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me


3.5
great

Review

by NeoOrder USER (7 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2008 | 79 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Besides a number of filler tracks, the album is generally enjoyable as a whole

After the phenomenal album “The Head On the Door” that will forever be known as the Cures “Poppy” record, the band were stuck in a rut over which direction to take. Could they continue with the album chart orientated rock they had gone for over the past two albums? Would they revisit their more cult following days with their extended intros and minimalist instrumentation? Or would they try experimenting with something completely different?

The answer, of course, is all of the above.

Straight from the word go, it’s obvious the Cure wanted to try something different. “The Kiss” begins the record on a 4 minute intro, a 3 verse vocal section, and ending rather abruptly. Sound familiar? This could be because it’s the formula for the majority of the bands magnum opus “Disintegration”. One might even say “Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me” is the prototype for the next album, and it sure seems that way.

Musically, the album takes in a number of different styles from everything from pop, all the way to epic stadium rock, and then even further up the experimental ladder to reach Asian influenced rhythms and instrumentation on the brooding “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep”. These different styles may apply to different points in the Cures time line, but on this album Robert Smith tries to bring them all together.

The highpoint of the album is, and perhaps always will be, the fantastically catchy “Just Like Heaven”, where Smith explores his most pop orientated song to date. I challenge anyone to listen to this song and not at least bob your head. Go on...try it... harder than you thought, isn’t it? Other highlights include the simple “Perfect Girl”, the experimental “Snakepit” and the generally funky “Hot Hot Hot!!”,

But, as always, with an album of over 12 tracks, there is going to be some filler tracks. Towards the end, these tracks become closer together, tracks like “Icing Sugar”, “like Cockatoos” and “A Thousand Hours”. Those familiar with the Cure will know a number of their best B Sides came out from this era, and I often find myself wondering why the lovely “Snow In Summer”, the heart breaking “A Chain of Flowers” and the catchy “Sugar Girl” didn’t make it onto the album in place of some of the more boring tracks. One song jumps to mind, “Like Cockatoos”, as it appears to try too hard to be different, and it just doesn’t fit the album.

Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me would be better suited to a 10-12 track album I would say. Although the last 7 tracks must have their own little cult following, the album is just too long. But, you certainly get what you paid for in terms of length. And I guess that’s all that matters, no? As I’ve stated earlier in the review, “KMKMKM” is a worthy prototype to the brooding and melodic “Disintegration” that would following a few years later.

Recommended tracks:

Just Like Heaven
Catch
Hot Hot Hot!!
Why Can’t I Be You?
One More Time
If Only Tonight We Could Sleep

For the more dedicated fan:

Torture
The Kiss
All I Want
The Perfect Girl
Fight

Generally just skip...:

Like Cockatoos
A Thousand Hours
Hey You!

Hope this review helps you when deciding to buy this album or not. Thanks for reading!



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Comments:Add a Comment 
NeoOrder
February 23rd 2008


25 Comments


Sorry about the short review, I was listening to it and started typing away...

sickjesus
February 23rd 2008


163 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

not bad, more description would improve this massively though.



i love the cure but this is an awful album (aside from just like heaven and if only tonight we could sleep), hard to believe it's the same band who made disintegration 2 years later

Willie
Moderator
February 23rd 2008


17201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This could be because it’s the formula for the majority of the bands magnum opus “Disintegration”. One might even say “Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me” is the prototype for the next album, and it sure seems that way.
Maybe that is why this is my second favorite album from these guys (and Disintegration is first). Good job with trying an "overall" review, slightly more description and you're golden, but I'll vote anyway cause at least you took the suggestion on your last review and ran with it.

rasputin
February 23rd 2008


14891 Comments


I agree with Willie. People who actually try to write better are awesome.

NeoOrder
February 24th 2008


25 Comments


Thanks guys!

I'll definetly try my hardest to add more description next time

Mickeymau5
August 12th 2012


1614 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So so so amazing.

Graveyard
August 12th 2012


6360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Are you familiar with their earlier work, mickey?

Mickeymau5
August 12th 2012


1614 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, I've got to say Disintegration is their best, but they have so many great albums to choose from.

Graveyard
August 12th 2012


6360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's always a toss up between Pornography and Seventeen Seconds for me, but Disintegration has some awesome tracks too

Mickeymau5
August 12th 2012


1614 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

There isn't one bad song on Disintegration , I love the feel of that album. Pornography has a similar feel to it. Wish is another one of my favorites. The Cure is probably my favorite 80's band.

Mickeymau5
August 22nd 2012


1614 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

How beautiful you are has such a somber feel to it, I love absolutely everything about this album

oWhoadYo
August 24th 2012


1967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album rules. One More Time is amazing.

oWhoadYo
August 24th 2012


1967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also, who in their right mind would skip " A Thousand Hours"? That song is beautiful.



someguest
January 23rd 2013


28489 Comments


"Just Like Heaven" has the greatest RIFF OF ALL TIME!

Mickeymau5
January 24th 2013


1614 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cure rules

oWhoadYo
January 27th 2013


1967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed.





They can do no wrong.

SanguineCream
February 25th 2013


613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is almost like the companion piece to Disintergration, both dam fine albums, second one obviously

winning ten fold, this has some filler that lets it down but the moments of brilliance make up for it



This is also a different approach for the band, which is great they were always a little eclectic

oWhoadYo
March 16th 2013


1967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To me, this album doesnt have filler. It's all solid to me, not one boring moment. The diversity of the material is fantastic.

SanguineCream
March 24th 2013


613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a classic for you then?

Funeralopolis
April 19th 2013


14065 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this band is seriously amazing

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