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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cure At Their Best
This is one of the best and most haunting albums I have ever listened to. The dark, almost hopeless lyrics blend with the fantastic melodies to provide an amazing collection of classic goth songs. Robert Smith's voice accompanied by the famous flanged guitar sound are unique. Neither before nor since have The Cure captured the magic and energy of this album.
Published on 28 Jun 2002 by SubgirL

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2.0 out of 5 stars Misery turned up to 11
Oh the agony of that acne, those 'A' levels! 'Faith' is an album that's hard to take seriously once you've left further education, comprising, as it does, eight routine slabs of doom. It's an album you want to shout at, like an exasperated parent to a truculent teen, "Oh for goodness' sake just GROW UP!!"

The moody, seductive, twilight feel of 'Seventeen...
Published on 16 Feb 2007 by Kevin Clarke

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3 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An album of filler, 11 May 2009
This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)
It has a fuller sound to it than Seventeen Seconds, the previous album, but unfortunately that at least that had a hit single on it unlike this one.

1. "The Holy Hour" - 4:25 (3 out of 5 stars)
Nothing distinctive.

2. "Primary" - 3:35 (3 stars)
The music is good and propulsive as it really rocks out. The generic Cure lyrics drag it down to being a bit so-so. This was the lead single from the album and is therefore probably considered to be the best song.

3. "Other Voices" - 4:28 (3 stars)
Up-front vocals with a lot of echo on this mid-tempo track.

4. "All Cats Are Grey" - 5:28 (1 star)
Mostly instrumental with some distant low in the mix vocals. Nothing interesting happens.

5. "The Funeral Party" - 4:14 (1 star)
A boring downtempo funeral dirge. Hard to make out the vocals as they're buried in production effects.

6. "Doubt" - 3:11 (2 stars)
Rocks hard but nothing memorable happens. As banal as it is competent.

7. "The Drowning Man" - 4:50 (2 stars)
Lyrically a bit better but still dull generic stuff.

8. "Faith" - 6:43 (2 stars)
More of the same mid-tempo music. If the basic sound was more interesting then it would be enjoyable. The early minimalist Cure sound isn't very enjoyable in and of itself without good songwriting to shape it into something worthwhile.

Not one song distinguishes itself and is an obvious highlight. Basically it's an album of filler from start to finish. Individual songs are just about okay, but back to back over 37 minutes, they sound way too similar to each other. No elements (like a guitar part or a lyric) in any of the songs stands out and impresses. They don't really do anything with the music and are content to just play it without innovation or variation.

I think it's a bad album but I assume if you grew up with it then you would see it as a masterpiece. For me Joy Division did it so much better.
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4 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Catch yourself on ..., 2 Aug 2002
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This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)
... as they say in Ireland. By which I mean, if you find yourself liking 'Faith' you need to give yourself a swift kick up the backside. I used to think this was The Cure's best album, but now that I don't particularly like them any more I can see it's by far their worst -- the kind of whining, wallowing, humourless, self-pitying c**p that gets them and their fans a bad name. It's got all the angst of 'Pornography' and 'Disintegration' but with neither the hallucinatory terror of the former or the psychological insight of the latter. And none of the wry wit that made some of their other releases bearable.
Incidentally, anyone who thinks this is a Gothic album is sorely mistaken. Try The Sisters of Mercy's 'First And Last And Always' or Coil's 'Horse Rotorvator' and you'll realise how fatuous and pallid 'Faith' is in comparison with these vibrant, bacchanalian, darkly romantic masterpieces.
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