The Cure: Disintegration, DeLuxe Edition (Universal)

 |   |  1 min read

The Cure: Pictures of You
The Cure: Disintegration, DeLuxe Edition (Universal)

Many of us preferred The Cure when they were gloomy and gothic, carving out odd little masterpieces on albums like Seventeen Seconds (1980) and Pornography ('82). Basically when frontman Robert Smith was more than a little glum.

Disintegration (telling title, Bob) comes from '89 when something snapped in his psyche and plummeted him to another depth . . . only to emerge with dramatically austere music which recalled aspects of that dark trilogy of Seventeen Seconds/Faith/Pornography rather than the more poppy sounds which had crept in.

This handsomely expanded edition of Disintegration -- a three CD set which include two songs from the intended album which couldn't make it onto the original vinyl, demos and rehearsals, rough mixes, and a remixed disc of the Entreat album of the same period which was Disintegration live -- beautifully showcases the dark, cinematic sound which Smith was after and managed to realise.

Oddly enough the rehearsals are far from intense and gloomy affairs and there seems to have been a lot of jolliness in the air, despite the sonic atmospherics being created.

Lyrically Smith doesn't (much) come from his happy place, but his mind seems fevered, trapped by circumstance, claustrophobic and struggling -- and the glacial music is the perfect accompaniment.

Except for the most enthusiastic Cure fan -- and there are a few of those -- this might seem a disc or two too far. But Disintegration was one of those rare album (which won't make it onto a Classic Albums doco) which made you want to know how it was conceived and from whence it came.

Here are the answers -- and they come with exceptional sound quality. And studio laughter.

In the extensive notes there is the instruction, "This music has been mixed to be played loud. So turn it up".

No second telling required.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Strange Fruit: Whole (Odd)

Strange Fruit: Whole (Odd)

A long time between drinks, as they say: more than a decade I think since this Auckland jazz group released an album - and that seems tardy or just plain careless. Their two previous outings -... > Read more

The Moody Blues: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (Shock)

The Moody Blues: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (Shock)

For someone who was never a big fan, I seem to have an unnatural amount of Moody Blues on my shelves: their first six albums from '65 to '70, and the '94 four-disc box set Time Traveller (which... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

LEE MORGAN, THE SIDEWINDER REISSUED (2014): Smack, a soul-jazz hit and a shooting

LEE MORGAN, THE SIDEWINDER REISSUED (2014): Smack, a soul-jazz hit and a shooting

The luck of Lee Morgan -- such as it was -- ran out in the early hours of February 19, 1972 at Slugs Saloon in New York CIty. That's when his partner Helen More -- a hustler and former prostitute... > Read more

Magazine: Real Life (1978)

Magazine: Real Life (1978)

If there was a godfather of the Manchester scene in the Eighties there's a good case to be made that it wasn't Tony Wilson (who founded the Hacienda and Factory Records) but that it was Howard... > Read more