This US alternative to The Cure's UK debut album includes their feted NME 'single of the week,' 'Killing An Arab.' Based on a shocking Albert Camus novel, 'The Outsider,' that has always fascinated me, this track is one of the high points of the New Wave era. The trio sound like a fledgling teenage band recording in their Mum's front room with cheap, basic equipment, yet the production is clear and their gift for invention turns each track into a compelling performance.
The title track is the poppiest item here, a single not included on the UK debut. The real interest lies in the inventive touches, such as the 'drip drip drip' of '10.15 Saturday Night' and the blood-curdling scream on 'Subway Song.' Frequently beaty, always cutting to the bone of human behaviour, the album also abounds with melodic hooks. This and the next two albums represent The Cure I remember most fondly.