The Cure – Disintegration

I had never really liked any music that could be associated with the 1980s. It conjured images of cheesy hair metal, even cheesier electronic music, and neither did I ever get into any classic rock from that era. It was a decade that I had stayed away from until I watched an interview with Swedish melancholic metal band, Katatonia, discussing the albums that had influenced them. Among the albums they mentioned was The Cure’s Disintegration. The first listen did not leave any lasting impressions, but as with many an album, I revisited it several months later and had one of those goose bump-inducing listens. My initial reaction was to realize how much of Katatonia’s middle era sound was tremendously influenced by The Cure, even though the two bands are drastically different. Disintegration is among The Cure’s finest efforts and one of their few albums which are of consistent high quality throughout. The album opens with the instrumental opener Plainsong, which sets the tone for the rest of the album. Nearly every song on this album could be deemed a classic for The Cure. Pictures of You, Lovesong, Last Dance, Prayers for Rain, and Same Deep Water as You are all great songs. This is a very melancholic album which Robert Smith’s vocals/lyrics greatly enhance this mood. One aspect I like most about The Cure, and other post punk bands of the 80s, is the use of the bass guitar. Often the bass is lost in the mix, but on this album the bass guitar has a life of its own which stands out from the rest of the track. Also, as with other post punk bands of the era, the drums have this nice reverbish sound to them. Another aspect of this album that greatly enhances it is the atmosphere on each song. This album is my favorite 80s album and there is not much to criticize negatively. Disintegration, along with Pornography and Faith, are for me the best Cure albums, whereas the rest of their discography is incredibly inconsistent.

Genre: Post Punk
Country: England
Label: Fiction Records
Release: May 2, 1989

1. Plainsong
2. Pictures of You
3. Closedown
4. Lovesong
5. Last Dance
6. Lullaby
7. Fascination Street
8. Prayers for Rain
9. The Same Deep Water as You
10. Disintegration
11. Homesick
12. Untitled

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