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- Disintegration by The Cure
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10/10 The Doc Customer review, 23rd May 2016
Albums worth a 10/10 rating are few and far between, but this one's an absolute no-brainer. Disintegration finds Bob Smith and co on the finest of form, and this record is filled with absolute gems. From the epiphanal splendour of opener Plainsong, through the classic singles Love Song and Lullaby, to the sprawling soundscapes of The Same Deep Waters As You, Prayers For Rain and the epic title track, this really is songwriting of the highest order.
For a band with such a vast catalogue, the Cure have been remarkably consistent over the years, and it's worth bearing in mind that this album comes from an 80s/early 90s sequence that includes milestones such as Pornography, the Head On the Door, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me and Wish, but this is the pick of the lot. They've often been unfairly-labelled as nothing more than doom-merchants, and this is pretty miserable stuff to be fair, but there's an awful lot more to it than gothic self-indulgence. Smith's lyrics are poetic stories in miniature, and in places the music is so dense and multi-layered as to be almost symphonic.
If you've never heard this, where the freak have you been? Buy buy buy.
10/10 Jack Customer review, 1st February 2015
The album is beyond solid and I don't think statements that this may be the best album ever are far off. After reading some reviews, I can tell that some get it and some don't, and that's just how it goes. I have listened to many songs from different groups off and on over the years, but this is one of the few whole albums that I listen to in it's entirety still to this day. The songs are all great and I would give them a 5/5. However, the pinnacle for me is the opener, Plainsong. I rate this 6/5.
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