'The Head on the Door' nicely reflects the ever-changing nature of the Cure, from the sickly sweet pop of 'Inbetween Days' through to the fabulous 'Sinking', reminiscent of earlier material. This ranks as one of the Cure's best albums and the first of a series which encompasses 'Disintegration' and ends with the release of 'Wish' in 1992. It demonstrates a fuller sound than earlier output and was written at the time of a new line-up, greater stability, and a fresh outlook for the band as a whole. Much of the album is single material.
The opening track is infectious pop at its best, although not the most accomplished track on the album. 'Push' sees Smith relating his experience of irrational hatred, and has proved a favourite set piece. 'A Night Like This' is classic Cure, a strong bass line and lyric, with Smith in remorseful mood "I want it to be perfect like before, I want to change". The last track forms an intense and beautiful soundscape, particularly when played loud, Smith lamenting the inevitable passing of time, a theme explored in 'Seventeen Seconds'. This album is a must-buy.