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The Cure - Albums - (Reviews / Ratings)

On this page I have tried to compare and rate the official releases from The Cure and tried to highlight which tracks I see as the most important on the individual releases.

 Rating: 4/10
The Cure - Three Imaginary Boys
Title: Three Imaginary Boys
 
Comments: 
So this is were it all began. I don't think this album really sounds like The Cure. They were trying to find their own sound and obviously they had to start somewhere. It has some interesting although rather lightweight pop tunes on it, but to be honest, it never really did that much for me. The first record in The Cure's discography that really moves me is "Seventeen Seconds".
Important Tracks: 10:15 Saturday Night, Grinding Halt, Fire In Cairo
©: 1979   (p): 1979   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 5/10
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry (reissue)
Title: Boys Don't Cry (reissue)
 
Comments: 
This is a re-release of "Three Imaginary Boys" with a few added and a few skipped tracks. You'll get "Boys Don't Cry", "Jumping Someone Else's Train" and "Killing An Arab" on this album, so in many ways this album is more interesting than the debut album itself.
Important Tracks: Boys Don't Cry, Jumping Someone Else's Train, Killing An Arab
©: 1980   (p): 1980   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 7/10
The Cure - Seventeen Seconds
Title: Seventeen Seconds
 
Comments: 
I've always liked this album. The first Cure album didn't really sound like The Cure as they would sound on their later records but with this album they managed to capture the sound that would become unmistakeably The Cure's trademark sound. It is a rather strange record and not everything is great but especially the 2 most wellknown tracks "Play For Today" and "A Forest" are among the greatest Cure songs ever written. The sound of this record is really "open" and clear and as I already told you I like it a lot. On the remastered 2cd version you will find the spin-off single "I'm a Cult Hero" that is worth a listen.
Important Tracks: Play For Today, In Your House, A Forest, Seventeen Seconds
©: 1980   (p): 1980   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 6/10
The Cure - Faith
Title: Faith
 
Comments: 
The sound of this record is not too far from the one of "Seventeen Seconds". For some reason I've always rated that one over "Faith" even though "Faith" is a pretty good record as well. My two favourites tracks on this album is "Primary" and "The Drowning Man". Also around this time they made the great "Charlotte Sometimes" single that you can find on various compilations and on the remastered 2cd version as well.
Important Tracks: Primary, Other Voices, The Funeral Party, The Drowning Man, Faith
©: 1981   (p): 1981   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 10/10
The Cure - Pornography
Title: Pornography
 
Comments: 
From the first line of "One Hundred Years" that goes "It doesn't matter if we all die" it is one of the most depressing, dark and cold albums ever made. It is The Cure's first masterpiece and part 1 of the so called Trilogy. It took me quite some time to really understand just how great this album is and I had to work a bit to get into it. Today it is one of the albums I love the most. Especially the first 6 tracks are a massive outstanding lot of superbly captured depression. When you buy it, make sure to get the new remastered 2cd version as the older cd version sucks big time compared to the vinyl version. And don't necessarily expect it to be an easy digest, but it will be so worth the effort.
Important Tracks: One Hundred Years, A Short Term Effect, The Hanging Garden, Siamese Twins, The Figurehead, A Strange Day
©: 1982   (p): 1982   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 6/10
The Cure - The Top
Title: The Top
 
Comments: 
This is a rather mixed experience. Somehow it is a bridge between the dark, cold, depressing but totally awesome "Pornography" album and the almost as great pop album "The Head On The Door". "The Top" has a bit of both in it. "Shake Dog Shake", "Give Me It" and "The Top" are all in the heavier department while the lovely "Birdmad Girl" and "Dressing Up" has more of a pop sound. I've never really been too keen of the single "The Caterpillar" though, but the arabic inspired "Wailing Wall" is a great tune. "The Top" is in no way a perfect album, but serving as a bridge between two of The Cure's best albums, it surely has a purpose.
Important Tracks: Shake Dog Shake, Birdmad Girl, Wailing Wall, Give Me It, Dressing Up, The Caterpillar, The Top
©: 1984   (p): 1984   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 6/10
The Cure - Japanese Whispers (compilation)
Title: Japanese Whispers (compilation)
 
Comments: 
This is a compilation of 3 pop singles and b-sides that Robert Smith created. It is quite lightweight but it still is very much The Cure and many of the songs are super pop hits that still works very well today more than 20 years later. My personal favourite track is "The Upstairs Room", it is just a lovely electro pop song. There isn't really that much need to buy this album since you will find many of the tracks on various compilations that you may want to buy instead of this one.
Important Tracks: Let's Go To Bed, The Upstairs Room, The Walk, The Lovecats
©: 1984   (p): 1984   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 8/10
The Cure - Concert (live)
Title: Concert (live)
 
Comments: 
This is one hell of a live album and I've always treasured it for it's raw energy. I think it sounds amazing and the live The Cure sound is just captured perfectly. "Shake Dog Shake" and "Give Me It" are awesome and so full of energy and the version of "Charlotte Sometimes" is the best one available on any official record. If you want to know what a The Cure concert sounded like back in the eighties then this is a fantastic testament and highly recommend.
Important Tracks: Shake Dog Shake, Charlotte Sometimes, The Hanging Garden, Give Me It, One Hundred Years, A Forest, Killing An Arab
©: 1984   (p): 1984   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 9/10
The Cure - The Head On The Door
Title: The Head On The Door
 
Comments: 
This comes close to being the perfect pop record and the great pop melodies just flows from beginning to end. "In Between Days" and "Close To Me" are just awesome pop songs, the despair of getting the girl back in "A Night Like This", the atmosphere of "Kyoto Song" and the heavier tunes "Push" and "Sinking". The list goes on and on because this record has it all. Really great stuff.
Important Tracks: In Between Days, Kyoto Song, Push, The Baby Screams, Close To Me, A Night Like This, Screw, Sinking
©: 1985   (p): 1985   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 8/10
The Cure - Staring At The Sea - The Singles (compilation)
Title: Staring At The Sea - The Singles (compilation)
 
Comments: 
This is a compilation of The Cure's singles up until 1986 and a great collection it surely is. Many a fan of The Cure may have started their collection by buying this record.
Important Tracks: Killing An Arab, Boys Don't Cry, Jumping Someone Else's Train, Charlotte Sometimes, Let's Go To Bed, The Walk, The Lovecats
©: 1986   (p): 1986   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 10/10
The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
Title: Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
 
Comments: 
The Cure masterpiece number 2. This is undoubtably the album from The Cure with the greatest diversity. It moves from total black despair in the über great opener "The Kiss" to joyful popsongs like "Catch" and "Just Like Heaven". It has fantastic lyrics like "How Beautiful You Are..." and who on this planet hasn't heard the top hit "Why Can't I Be You?" My favourite song is probably the sad "Like Cockatoos" although "All I Want" comes in a close second best. There are just too many highlights on this album to mention them all. It is a must-own record and it belongs in any serious music collection.
Important Tracks: The Kiss, Catch, Torture, Why Can't I Be You?, How Beautiful You Are..., Just Like Heaven, All I Want, Like Cockatoos, Icing Sugar, Shiver And Shake, Fight
©: 1987   (p): 1987   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 10/10
The Cure - Disintegration
Title: Disintegration
 
Comments: 
This is part 2 of the Trilogy and it is just as great as "Pornography" although sounding totally different. The sound is much lighter than pornography but again most of the lyrics are absolutely anything but happy. My personal favourite is "Closedown" that describes so much sadness with so few words. In terms of great lyrics "Disintegration" and "Untitled" certainly also deserves high ratings. The album even contains a few fantastic hit singles "Lullaby" and "Pictures Of You". Only song I dislike is "Love Song" which seems a bit out of place on this record. This record is one of the best The Cure records ever and lots of fans treasure it dearly. Me more than anyone.
Important Tracks: Plainsong, Pictures Of You, Closedown, Lullaby, Fascination Street, The Same Deep Water As You, Disintegration, Homesick, Untitled
©: 1989   (p): 1989   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 10/10
The Cure - Entreat (live)
Title: Entreat (live)
 
Comments: 
This is perhaps the best sounding live recording I have ever heard. The sound quality simply doesn't get any better than this. You should buy it for this reason alone. It may however not be that easy to track down on cd but give it a try, you might get lucky. Mine is a Japan import. The songs sounds a lot like their studio versions on the "Disintegration" album but many of them actually sounds better. Especially the "Disintegration" track is really cool and much better than the album version. A highly recommended live recording, if you can find it.
Important Tracks: Pictures Of You, Closedown, Fascination Street, Disintegration, Homesick, Untitled
©: 1990   (p): 1990   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 6/10
The Cure - Mixed Up (remix compilation)
Title: Mixed Up (remix compilation)
 
Comments: 
This is a remix record containing previously released 12 inch remixes and extended versions as well as several new remixes. Some of the remixes are pretty cool and some of them are plain crap. It is surely worth getting for the great tracks but be prepared to hit the "skip" button every now and then.
Important Tracks: Lullaby, Close To Me, Fascination Street, The Walk, A Forest, Pictures Of You, Never Enough
©: 1990   (p): 1990   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 7/10
The Cure - Wish
Title: Wish
 
Comments: 
This record contains one of the best The Cure songs ever written and a total live favourite "From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea". This album is worth buying for that song alone. It is the definition of why we love The Cure. It is actually a really good album that reminds me a bit of "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me" just being a lot more lightweight. The hit single "Friday I'm In Love" was a pretty big hit back then, but to be honest it bores me to death today. Anyway, this album's got a lot of other interesting songs and - did I mention? - it contains "From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea", oh yes!
Important Tracks: Open, High, Apart, From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea, Friday I'm In Love, Trust, A Letter To Elise, Cut, To Wish Impossible Things, End
©: 1992   (p): 1992   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 5/10
The Cure - Show (live)
Title: Show (live)
 
Comments: 
This is a pretty bad live recording. The sound is of no interest, lacking any atmosphere at all, and the band sounds strangely unfocused and uninspired. I've never liked this 2cd and just to make sure I remembered it correctly I played it a few days ago with the same result. Nope, this is not a great record at all.
Important Tracks: A Night Like This, In Between Days, From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea
©: 1993   (p): 1993   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 7/10
The Cure - Paris (live)
Title: Paris (live)
 
Comments: 
Strangely enough this record is from 1993 just like "Show" but where the former pretty much sucks then "Paris" on the other hand is a very good live recording. It has intense atmosphere and you can feel that the band are into it. The bass sound is really deep and cool and songs like "One Hundred Years", "Play For Today" and "Close To Me" sounds fantastic. I've never actually been to Paris and I'm not sure I ever will go to Paris, but if this is the closest I get, then it's not so bad at all.
Important Tracks: One Hundred Years, Play For Today, In Your House, Dressing Up, Charlotte Sometimes, Close To Me
©: 1993   (p): 1993   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 2/10
The Cure - Wild Mood Swings
Title: Wild Mood Swings
 
Comments: 
This is one hell of a lousy album from The Cure. It is surely the worst album they have ever made. I think of it as a Cure album that is way too happy and musically it is just so far out and totally wrong. But sometimes even a shitty record has a great track to offer and so does this one. "Jupiter Crash" is a fantastic tune and the lyrics are hilareous and always makes me smile: "Was that it? Was that the jupiter show? It kinda wasn't quite what I'd hoped for you know... "
Important Tracks: Want, Club America, Jupiter Crash
©: 1996   (p): 1996   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 3/10
The Cure - Galore (compilation)
Title: Galore (compilation)
 
Comments: 
A compilation of The Cure tracks. Not really worth buying if you have all their albums but at least you get "Wrong Number" on this one. Not exactly the best The Cure song ever, but quite okay anyway.
Important Tracks: Wrong Number
©: 1997   (p): 1997   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 5/10
The Cure - Bloodflowers
Title: Bloodflowers
 
Comments: 
The final part of the Trilogy. It is by no means nearly as good as the former 2 masterpieces "Pornography" and "Disintegration". I think a lot of people liked this album but I've never really been a big fan of it. Actually only "Out Of This World" and "BloodFlowers" really do anything for me. The album is quite heavy musically but the lyrics are not particularly interesting and the melodies don't really move me either.
 
In 2002 The Cure performed 2 concerts in Berlin playing the entire 3 albums in The Trilogy track by track both nights. I witnessed one of those fantastic shows and luckily enough they filmed them and they ended up on "The Trilogy" dvd that is totally recommended. It contains concert footage in outstanding quality and the sound is excellent too.
Important Tracks: Out Of This World, Watching Me Fall, Where The Birds Always Sing, There Is No If..., BloodFlowers
©: 2000   (p): 2000   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 5/10
The Cure - Greatest hits (compilation)
Title: Greatest hits (compilation)
 
Comments: 
Yet another compilation. This one has a few previously unreleased tracks "Cut Here" and "Just Say Yes". It also has "Wrong Number" on it, meaning you can skip buying the other compilation "Galore". Further more the limited edition has an extra cd with all the songs played in acoustic versions. Not exactly mind blowing but you do at least get something special with your compilation, right?
Important Tracks: Wrong Number, Cut Here, Just Say Yes, The entire acoustic disc íncluded with the limited edition
©: 2001   (p): 2001   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 9/10
The Cure - Join The Dots - B-sides & Rarities (compilation)
Title: Join The Dots - B-sides & Rarities (compilation)
 
Comments: 
This is a must-have if you are a fan of The Cure. You get tons of b-sides, rarities, flexis and weird shit you should be lucky to find elsewhere. Especially the first 2 discs are awesome with so many treasures. On disc 3 the creativity drops a bit and only about half of the material are halfways interesting. Disc 4 is mostly throw-aways to be honest. The compilation has a really cool booklet with lots of info. So to repeat myself: if you are a fan of The Cure, then there is no way you can live without this 4cd boxset.
Important Tracks: Entire disc 1 and 2, half of disc 3 and nothing on disc 4.
©: 2004   (p): 2004   Label: Fiction   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 4/10
The Cure - The Cure
Title: The Cure
 
Comments: 
Actually I think this album could have been better than it is. I really - really - don't like the production of this sucker. The production is very raw, in a way that almost reminds you of heavy metal or punk, and however much I love those 2 genres, it really doesn't suit The Cure very well. I think that several of these songs could have sounded way better with a different production, but little does it help when they sound like they do here. "The End Of The World" is a trademark The Cure song and it cannot be killed by a wrong production, but the rest of the lot really struggles here.
Important Tracks: Lost, Truth Goodness And Beauty, The End Of The World, alt.end
©: 2004   (p): 2004   Label: Geffen   #:    Media: CD   

 Rating: 8/10
The Cure - 4:13 Dream
Title: 4:13 Dream
 
Comments: 
Very fine new album from The Cure. After the disappointing releases: "Wild Mood Swings"(1996), "The Cure"(2004) and to some extend "Bloodflowers"(2000), it is a relief to finally hear a great new album from The Cure. "4:13 Dream" has a lot of the sound from "Wish"(1992) but with slightly better songs, melodies and music.
 
Two of the 4 singles "Freakshow" and "Sleep when I'm Dead" are really great songs and especially the 2 last songs on the album kicks some major ass: "The scream" and "It's over" are screamin' despair with lots of aggression and loads of guitars.
 
This album is filled with "lighter" songs from the recording sessions and a "darker" album should follow in a not too distant future.
Important Tracks: Underneath the stars, The reasons why, Freakshow, Switch, This here and now with you, Sleep when I'm dead, The scream, It's over
©: 2008   (p): 2008   Label: Geffen   #: 0602517642256   Media: CD   

 Rating: 5/10
The Cure - Bestival Live 2011
Title: Bestival Live 2011
 
Comments: 
Words will follow...sometime...later...
Important Tracks: Fascination Street, One Hundred Years, Jumping Someone Else's Train, Grinding Halt, 10:15 Saturday Night.
©: 2011   (p): 2011   Label: Lost Music   #: SBESTCD50   Media: CD