Review #116: Disintegration, The Cure

Karla Clifton
2 min readJun 23, 2021

#116: Disintegration, The Cure

This is the first RS blurb so far that made me genuinely laugh out loud: “According to the kids on South Park, this is the best album ever made. According to many depressive Eighties-minded kids, it’s the only album ever made.” They also say that Robert Smith’s voice “shakes like milk.”

Don’t lie, you laughed!

The Cure stirs up lots of strong emotions, both positive and negative. Some people feel that vocalist Robert Smith has the key to the meaning of life, but others feel that Robert Smith is even worse than The Smiths’ (no relation) Morrissey. In fact, Morrissey himself has said that Robert Smith is a “whingebag,” to which Robert Smith replied about (vegan) Morrissey, “If Morrissey says not to eat meat, then I’m going to eat meat; that’s how much I hate Morrissey.” They both apologized, don’t worry.

I was really into AFI (you know them, they sing “Miss Murder”) when I was fifteen, which probably explains why I really take to the Cure. It’s a goth thing.

FAVORITE SONGS:

“Plainsong” — Robert Smith sounds like a ghost. NO idea what he’s saying.

“Pictures of You” — The album version of this is seven minutes long. Actually, all of these songs are like seven minutes long. Okay, I see why people might get frustrated with the Cure.

“Lovesong” — Robert Smith wrote this as a gift for his wife! Isn’t that sweet? That reminds me of my favorite Robert Smith quote, about why he never had children: “I objected to being born, and I refuse to impose life on someone else. Living, it’s awful for me.”

“Last Dance” — This sounds like a Nirvana song with more synths.

“Lullaby” — I love the effect they’re using on their guitars throughout this whole album. It makes it sound like they’re playing from a black hole.

“Fascination Street” — It takes 2.5 minutes for Robert Smith to start singing.

“Prayers for Rain” — The Cure does string parts super well, too.

“Disintegration” — I love their guitar riffs so much. Long live the eighties!

“Homesick” — This one doesn’t start with a synth, but with a piano!

“Untitled” — I would see the Cure in concert.

LEAST FAVORITE SONGS:

“The Same Deep Water as You” — This one does sound like it’s coming from underwater, but so do a lot of other songs on this album. It’s just way way too long.

IS RS FULL OF IT?

Full disclosure: one of the very first things I knew about my boyfriend is that he loathes the Cure. That seems as good a reason as any to argue that Disintegration should be much, much higher, like maybe Top 50.

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