The Cure
Disintegration


5.0
classic

Review

by PostPunkFan USER (6 Reviews)
April 27th, 2012 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Album The Cure should have signed off with

In 1989, as Robert Smith neared the age of 30, he became depressed and took drugs. This was added to his dislike of the band's dislike for their new popularity, and felt an increasing pressure to follow up the album before, "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me" with a more enduring piece of work. Mix all these things together, and the result is "Disintegration"

Undoubtedly The Cure's most critically acclaimed album, "Disintegration" was a return to the Gothic/Post-Punk sound of the band in the early 80's (Seventeen Seconds, Faith and Pornography) It was their commercial peak too, with the album reaching number 3 in the UK Album charts and was also a success in the US, where it reached number 12 in the Billboard 200.

Listening to Disintegration is like swimming through water. The water is often cold and deep. For some it might not be easy to listen to. The music is thick. Yet Robert Smith's lyrics float above this group of guitars and strings and pounding drums. The effect is quite hypnotic and joyous in a way.

The soul of Disintegration, for me, is "The Same Deep Water As You." If a lot of the album sounds like you are underwater, this song sounds like you're at the bottom of the ocean, with a storm and thunder raging above the waves. The music and lyrics makes us think of images of physical drowning to describe the feeling of being over-infatuated with a person - to be drowning in them. The song is one of the most dark and haunting songs I've heard - and to some extent, even horrifying, as there is no hint of light at the end of the tunnel.

Another superb song is the title track, "Disintegration" The Cure have a very good knack of making great title tracks, and along with "Pornography" and "Faith", this is probably the best. It lasts over 8 minutes and yet still leaves you wanting to listen to the whole song, there isn't one slightly boring bit in the song:as applies to all the songs.

Most of Disintegration is this way. It doesn't pretend to offer easy answers, and Smith isn't afraid of describing his reality as he sees it. From the album title itself, Disintegration gives an image of falling apart. If you can stand the heavy themes, the music itself is almost perfect. From a musical viewpoint, everything about Disintegration is top quality.

My recommendations for this album:

Recommendation 1- "Disintegration" Just a perfect blend of Smith's vocals, powerful drumming by Roger O'Donnell, the new drummer who replaced the sacked Lol Tolhurst

Recommendation 2- "Untitled" Simply one of the most beautiful tracks by the band. It ends the album perfectly. This should have been the song that The Cure should have ended their time together on.

Recommendation 3- "Lullaby" One of the more popular songs on the album, as regards to the charts: "Lullaby" reached number 5 in the UK singles Chart and is in a way, far less spooky, dark or gloomy as the majority of the other songs.

Recommendation 4- "Prayers For Rain" A gothic classic. The track listing that this song is placed is impecable. Right after the rather playful "Fascination Street" It has the sense that somebody just died and that everyone is mourning that death, on a dar, miserable, rainy day.

I don't think this is THE greatest album ever, but my word, it's definitely one of them.



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PostPunkFan
April 27th 2012


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

correction: "His dislike for the band's popularity"

ConcubinaryCode
April 27th 2012


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you can edit your reviews.

PostPunkFan
April 27th 2012


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it keeps popping up with 'fatal error' that's why I didn't do that

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012


18746 Comments


yeah you cant edit right now the site is broked

Digging: Monolake - Hong Kong

ConcubinaryCode
April 27th 2012


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh that sucks. Amazing album. good review. Disintegration is probably my favorite track too. disagree with the summary though.

PostPunkFan
April 27th 2012


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man, and ok, I just don't think they'd ever be able to beat the quality of disintegration to be honest, but that's just my opinion

ConcubinaryCode
April 27th 2012


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

bloodflowers was probably the closest theyve came but i agree, nothing has been quiteas strong since disintegration. I hope they put out a new album this year. its been four years since 4:13 dream.

PostPunkFan
April 27th 2012


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

same here, I don't think they will though

ConcubinaryCode
April 27th 2012


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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PostPunkFan
April 27th 2012


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0



ConcubinaryCode
April 27th 2012


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0


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PostPunkFan
April 27th 2012


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it was meant to be a sad face

ConcubinaryCode
April 27th 2012


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

all i could see was a red X.

PostPunkFan
April 27th 2012


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i know, same on mine

ConcubinaryCode
April 27th 2012


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

a damn shame.

TheFonz123
April 27th 2012


2795 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the only perfect albums ever recorded

fsharptrit0ne
April 27th 2012


4814 Comments


i've been looking so long at these pictures of you

tarkus
April 27th 2012


5560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

rulez

Ire
April 27th 2012


41805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's okay

Spare
April 27th 2012


5322 Comments


concubinarycode is clearly not up to date with sputnik site errors



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