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The Ultimate Cure Album,
This review is from: Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (Audio CD)
The much anticipated follow up to 1985's The Head On The Door sees Robert Smith writing about the joys of love when you have it and contrastingly the pain, heartbreak and torture of rejection.
The album opens with a gothic masterpiece in its own right. The Kiss is a gloomy, moody, gory tale of self-rehabilitation. Smith sings "you nail me to the floor and push my guts all inside out" as he is trying to get a past flame out of his head by demonising her. He slurs, "I wish you were dead" repeatedly as if to re-emphasise his hatred and feelings towards her. The song is only lyrical for the last two of the six-minute epic that allows the listener a stunning, instrumental opening to the album thanks to the remaining members of the group. Further tracks such as Torture and Snakepit reassure listeners that The Cure have not lost the post-punk goth rock that wowed fans back in the early 80's.
The more optimistic side of the album proves that The Cure are not a one-trick pony with only one style. Just Like Heaven provides us with a beautiful piece of alternative rock with absolutely fantastic keyboard work from Porl Thompson. The piece contains brilliantly crafted music that nearly equals Smith's tear jerking lyrics. "found myself alone alone alone above the raging sea, that stole the only girl I loved and drowned her deep inside of me". The heartbreaking, metaphorical verses displays Smith's poetic side and show that there is more to him than black hair dye and red lipstick. Continuing the optimistic feel, the album produces some superbly catchy dance tracks like Hot Hot Hot !!! and Why Can't I Be You? that do not quite match the previous success of hits such as Close To Me but still give us some cheerful kicks.
For an album originally containing eighteen tracks, most would not think that the phrase all killer no filler would apply. But it does. The album contains eighteen well-crafted songs that are only partially let down by the repetitiveness of a few tracks. Nevertheless, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me is a near perfect piece with something that will always match your mood.