The Cure   Japanese Whispers
3.5
great
Release Date: 1983
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4.0 excellentRoundOnEndHiInMiddle | April 11th 16

It may just be a collection of EP singles and B-sides, but Japanese Whispers offer more insight into the evolution of the band that took place in the middle of Pornography and The Top, two albums having nearly polar opposite aesthetics and ideas. Thus, Japanese Whispers reflects this change very well, with the music sounding much more upbeat than Pornography, but still retaining its melancholy qualities through Smith's lyrical and vocal performances. The basslines throughout the record are excellent, especially on the bookends, and the synth work here is also very good. It flows very much like an album proper, which is a fantastic thing to say about any compilation, and it provides a beautiful snapshot of the tumultuous time during The Cure's career that was the early 80's. As such, it is definitely one of the most important releases in their discography, and a great standalone listen in and of itself. It goes to show how truly special The Cure were that these B-sides are such high quality, quality enough that they could've fit seamlessly into an LP.

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2.5 averageTom93M | July 17th 11

An odd album that provides fans with an opportunity to collect The Cure's 1983 non-album singles that proved to be a massive change of direction for Smith and his ever-changing gang of goths. Both 'The Lovecats' and 'Let's Go To Bed' are essential, but sadly, the rest of the disc is not. An average, but important step in The Cure's history.

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