May 29, 2016

The Cure - Disintegration (1989)

Wow. I know Disintegration is a favorite of just about everybody and it's been reviewed to death, but I still want to share it. I used to think The Cure was pretty entertaining, but ultimately wrote them off as a Joy Division/New Order knock off. I even disliked Disintegration more than their gothic trio of the early 80s; I honestly have no idea why, I guess I just wasn't in the mood at the time. Well, I'm glad I chose to revisit this. I now agree with the people who call Disintegration is the band's most cohesive and mature album. The arrangements piece together well and feature some very solid synth musings, but aren't particularly incredible by themselves. Disintegration is all about how Robert Smith interacts with the shadowy atmosphere he forced his band to endure (something I guess he wanted to get back to after the commercial success of The Cure's past two albums), and god damn can Smith write desperate, pathetic, and hopeless lyrics. In gothic rock tradition, the songs revolve around dark romances with hints of the depersonalization Smith was experiencing as a result of his frequent use of powerful psychoactive drugs. I love how Disintegration is such a modest set despite the double album length and incorporation of synthesizers; the band stays well intact with Smith's outlook and tastefully sprawls out, similar to something like Daydream Nation. Throw this classic on if you're ever feeling washed out and lonely.