The Cure   The Top
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Ranking: #74 for 1984

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3.0 goodRoundOnEndHiInMiddle | June 19th 16

What is considered by many to be the worst effort in The Cure's lengthy discography, there is no denying that The Top is a strange album. It marks a strange point in the bands' timeline, where I'm not sure anyone in the group was on the same page. The result is a hodgepodge of neo-psychedelic experimentation, some of which actually does work. For instance, "The Caterpillar" is a magnificently catchy song which tactfully expresses its quirks, much better than songs like "Wailing Wall" with its horrifically hackneyed and cliche Egyptian influence. The album does do really well when the songs are more or less straightforward post-punk, as the combo of opener "Shake Dog Shake" and "Birdmad Girl" so wonderfully show, and these moments are more frequent than you'd expect. Thus, I'd be hard-pressed to call The Top a skippable album in The Cure's discography, especially since it had a lot to do with the way The Head On The Door would end up sounding. Transitioning pains, yes, but they could've done miles worse.

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3.0 goodonionbubs | March 19th 16

the cure at their most confused. really, they have no clue what they're doing on this record, which makes it quite an interesting record in their discography.

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3.0 goodMadBaron | July 17th 11

The Cure has never sounded quite this trippy. This is the only Cure album in which Robert Smith's vocals annoy me (Robert Smith has never been a perfect singer, but in much of their other work it adds to the broken/adorable quality of the music) almost as if he was deliberately trying to sound like drunk karaoke... I must admit that "The Caterpillar" is one of the most annoying songs this band has ever done . However, the eccentricity and utter craziness of this album make it worth a listen.

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3.0 goodTom93M | July 10th 11

'The Top' captures The Cure in a transitional period, and as such, some of its experiments and ideas don't quite gel, but when they do work they're intriguing and surprisingly effective. The key to getting the most out of 'The Top' is to simply understand that it's experimental and transitional, so it's uniqueness can take a little longer than usual to set in, and even then, not every track will be a big hit, given the album's eclecticism. With all that mind, the best consumer advice one could issue, is thus: take it with a pinch of salt and just enjoy it for what it is - an odd, chaotic, wild, unrestrained, and more than anything else, crucial chapter in the band's history.

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