on 23 April 2014
Bonus material has some very poorly recorded home sessions, but that's OK because they are here to complete the closure on this album.
As a spotty teen with punky ideals this album was the music I chose to put on at my girlfriends party while her mum and dad were on holiday. Hardly the album for a party, but at the time it was how I felt. That party is fsmous for my G/F s attention going toward other boys and we finished. It was a big thing at the time my School 1st love ended to the back drop of 'all cats a grey'. I was about to enter a depressed state and listen to this album day after day after day for the next 3 years. Occasionally changing to the Cure's sister Album Pornography which seemed more uplifting than Faith did at the time. Listening to Faith on head phones in the dark at over 50 years old I'm transported back to when I was young , when my first love hurt worse than any pain I'd had and to when my parents didn't understand me, but Robert Smith did.
So Faith became an all time classic album for me. A time when the Cure to the way I was - Was the Cure. I felt at one with this album. I was leaving my punky roots behind and the Clash and Buzzcocks were being replaced by PiL, The Cure, a The Banshee's, Gary Numans Tube Way Army and Adam Ant was still super cool at the time.
Robert Smith often seen as the Cure was depressed at the time of making this album, the sleeve notes explain what a bad place he was in. Both Pornography and Faith stood a good chance of never occurring, never making it to the black circular disc we used to call a record or album.
2014 - Suddenly I realised why the album had suited my mood at the time. The bonus tracks are probably only of interest to the die hard fan like myself. Seeing how songs were moulded into what became a pinnacle album for the Cure ( I say The Cure as at the time the Cure was still much more than just Robert Smith). Its true to say a massive part of it was Robert Smith and a massive part of it was Roberts ( or should I say Mr Smiths?) own conflict with Faith & Religion. This album is about an individuals turmoil with Faith. That's because lyrics were by Robert, but the music was by the Cure (All lyrics written by Robert Smith, all music composed by The Cure (Smith, Simon Gallup and Lol Tolhurst).
I realise now it was Gallups Bass that inspired me to learn to play Bass. He used the instrument as a lead, not just a rhythm section. I think his playing inspired many an alternative bass player's inspiration.
After all I could never play guitar like Robert ( who could?) so playing bass was more legacy from this album.
On this version we have the Carnage Visors which was the music to an animated film one of the bands brothers made? Its very bass orientated and finds a place on this re issued delux edition.
Suddenly the cover looks like a Church. Which captured the mood of the album and its grave times ( no pun intended) It is infact Bolton Abbey. The album is Grey, it suited my mood at the time, but its not all about me. Although part of the significance of this album is many a teenager thought the album was about them. It sat well with staring down at ones shoes, having a far away look in ones eyes. Looking like you were on drugs, when you were actually on sherry and cider.
The songs - The excellent single 'Primary' is still fresh and that bass...
'Going home time' is interesting on the bonus disc and hints at a wider subject that just faith. There's the loss of Childhood dreams, giving way to teen depression.
There isn't a track on the album that's bad in anyway. All cats are grey still makes me feel like it did in 1981.
The Holy Hour....oh that Bass.
The funeral party. Amazing.
Doubt - its all about the battle to believe , not believe , its faith or not faith. Its excellent.
I now realise the album was not about me, it was about Robert Smith, the extra material is an insight to Robert Smiths genius. The genius of the cure collectively .
Put on your wi fi earphones , switch the lights off and sit in the dark listening to the entire album. Be 18 again.
And for 40 minutes the album is all about 'you' again