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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, captivating, and utterly beautiful.
In May this year I worked out that I must now have listened to this album over 10,000 times since I first heard it in 1989. And yet the gently persistent windchimes that introduce this album still make my hair stand on end and as they crash into the wall of sound that is Plainsong, I feel the same thrill I did the first time around. Here at last was the piece of...
Published on 31 Aug. 2000

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2.0 out of 5 stars The sound has been damaged, not improved
It always grates on me when all a person has to do is see the word "remastered" and they immediately spew out the blind praise that it "sounds amazing". In most cases, that's a very incorrect statement. The two recent Duran Duran reissues are some of the worst I've heard, (and notice the difference between reviews of those CD's on Amazon's UK site compared to here)...
Published on 14 July 2010 by Scott Davies


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Submerged Gloop, 18 Jun. 2010
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Life has a rational surface, below which is the infinite gloop. The Cure have made pop songs that are fun as can be (and others that irritate as much as any radio-friendly hit), but Robert Smith was in direct talks with the gloop for a time. The result was 1989's Disintegration.

Previous attempts at a masterpiece were merely attempts. Subsequent albums, so far at least, have been mostly studied. He's some artistic distance from Disintegration, but perhaps it's a lengthy ebb-and-flow thing rather than a more simple decline. Perhaps one day he'll turn up with a work of equal stature. All I know is, since that album his music is more likely to involve teenage-targeted angst and affected cat yelps. Attempts to be honest in his lyrics are likely to reveal a spoilt perfomer, where the words of Disintegration help reveal the submerged gloop.

An expanded reissue can cloud an album's virtues, and the 20 rough songs do little more than prove that Smith had much of the detail worked out at demo stage. Fewer of those, with the remixed singles from Mixed Up instead, would've better complemented the original 12 songs. The live rendition of the album has a beautiful open sound, though. It may cause drowsiness if you listen to it immediately after a full dose of the master version, otherwise it's more than lively enough. (You can find another, inferior, live take on the album on the Disintegration website, along with another 20 rough songs!) The remaster of the core songs brings benefits, too. It adds clarity, particularly to the depths of "Prayers For Rain", while managing to preserve the original mood. The "deluxe edition" is primarily, though, a reminder that Disintegration is Robert Smith's definitive statement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Production, 3 Jun. 2010
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D. Fazzari "danfaz" (Carson City, NV United States) - See all my reviews
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I just got this in the mail am listening to it now. Absolutely amazing sound. I had the first Disintegration CD from long ago & the difference is very noticeable on this remaster. I've never heard the Entreat tracks before, so this is a real "treat" for me. I read some comments that people were disappointed that it wasn't the whole Wembley show...well, the album is just Disintegration, so obviously they are only going to use the tracks from Disintegration, yes? Many live CDs don't sound very good, but this is certainly an exception. Smith's vocals are very clear & the overall sound is very warm and open; bass is nice & tight. Love it! Now I need to listen to the third disc of rarities...
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it must be my age!, 30 Sept. 2010
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Sorry to be so out of step with the majority of reviews for this album but as someone who's been listening to them from pretty much the start i just don't get it with this album. Its fine, its ok but it IS NOT great. I agree with one of the other reviewrs on here who suspects the positive reviews come mainly from people who got into the cure with this album. At the time the cure had reached super stadium size along with Depeche Mode and so they were at a commercial peak but they were not at a creative one! The songs all sound like they were worked out in the rehersal room with most of them made up of a repetitive riff with a keyboard melody line over the top. I think it appeals to the doom merchants as you can imagine being a spotty student listening to it in your darkened bedroom etc. Its not a bad album and there are some good moments, mainly towards the end of the album but seriously none of the songs would make it into my top 10 cure tracks. The songs individually are just not that strong-they're ok. The new release is a nice package and its worth buying especially if you like Faith, Pornography and the later Bloodflowers but i think all 3 of those albums are stronger song by song than Disintegration.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars touches you, 25 Feb. 2004
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depends when you grew up but this album is in my all time top ten. listen too it and i hope you can understand what i mean
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Oct. 2014
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Great album, great songs all good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 Dec. 2014
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One of the greatest Cure Albums
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE CLASSIC...THE GREATEST ALBUM IN THE WORLD, etc.., 8 Sept. 2003
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This is the Cure at their monumental peak. Released in 1989 it further proved the Cure were an international success story on many levels. The Cure wrote the soundtrack for at least two generations and are still as influenial today as on the day this classic album was released. Other recommendations are 1982's Pornography, 1987's Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, 1981's Faith, 1980's Seventeen Seconds, 85's Head On The Door, I could go on. Disintegration is a must have classic. Look out for the re-master series of all their studio albums released in 2004.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 July 2014
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Best delivery. Best prices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Aug. 2014
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Good gift as expected
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Cure album, 13 Sept. 2003
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If you're a fan of the Cure then this classic album needs to be in your CD rack. If not Disintergration is a great place to start.
Robert Smith's lyrics are still moody and atmospheric but lighter than other albums such as Faith or Pornography.
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