- Audio CD (19 Mar. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Polydor Group
- ASIN: B000025ZNL
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- Average Customer Review: 143 customer reviews
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, 27 Sep 2010
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Disintegration is a pop album realised on an epic scale. Most of its 12 songs are long mood pieces that develop slowly around the listener. Anchored by complex drum patterns, the layered guitars, soaring bass lines and rich keyboards blend to create a lush, evocative soundscape that captures the ear immediately; and for all its length, the album is never boring. The lyrical focus is intensely personal throughout, and, with the exception of "Love Song", the mood is overwhelmingly dark and brooding. Here are songs of remembrance that, through their deep candor, transcend the individual level to explore universal longings and fears. Robert Smith, his vocals plaintive or angry or despairing, unfolds a tapestry of loss. Broken bonds, old lies, missed opportunities, belated realisations. Anyone who has experienced the joy and sorrow--especially the sorrow--of love will find his or her deepest sentiments, noble and petty alike, echoed poetically here. --Al Massa
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1. Plainsong - Surprisingly, it opens with the sound of wind chimes. At times glistening; at times cacophonous, it has a plaintive melody & murmured, echoing vocals. Could the song be about death?.. "And it's so cold, it's like the cold if you were dead.".. It sets the tone & epic nature of many of the songs to follow.
2. Pictures Of You - A fantastic guitar intro heralds one of the album's finest tracks but it stalled at #24 when released as a single. The song seems to be about holding onto the memory of a lost love & the passionate feelings it evokes through the pictures you've kept of her. Not the first or last time that Robert Smith's lyrics would touch on how a man's love for a woman can lead to obsession.
3. Closedown - "If only I could fill my heart with love..." Is this song about losing the ability to feel through too much self-preoccupation? Whatever, it sounds great with dark, rhythmic drums.
4. Lovesong - Written by Smith as a wedding gift to his wife, it went on to become the Cure's biggest hit in America, reaching #2. Sadly, it was not quite as popular in the UK, stalling at #18. Though the music is rather sad, it is one of the band's sweetest songs.
5. Last Dance - Smith lamenting the passing of time & how the girl he once loved so passionately is now a woman, still beautiful but no longer the same. Through a last dance together, he hopes to rekindle the old flame but knows that it is impossible.
6. Lullaby - An odd choice as the first single from the album, reaching a very respectable #5. It has a wonderful arrangement, which creates an unsettling atmosphere & is inspired by a nightmare Smith had as a child. The lyrics touch on arachnophobia & how one becomes transfixed by our darkest fears.
7. Fascination Street - Probably the rockiest & most aggressive track on the album, with great bass & drums. Released as a single but only in America, it is said to be about the hookers of the infamous red light district of New Orleans
8. Prayers For Rain - Why was this magnificent track never released as a single!? I think it's the best song on the album! I mean, the music is absolutely amazing, boasting a wonderful guitar melody & cacophonous drums. As for the lyrics, Smith appears to be singing about a destructive & stiflingly oppressive relationship.
9. The Same Deep Water As You - The longest track on the album, at over nine minutes, it is complete with sound effects of rain & thunder & seems to represent everything one would expect of the Cure. There is an air of despair in both the music & the lyrics & is great to listen to while wallowing in your own misery, for it has an oddly cathartic effect.
10. Disintegration - A more up-tempo number, though it clocks in at over eight minutes but is it about the pain of breaking up with someone or the trappings of fame?.. You decide.
11. Homesick - Conflict? Addiction? Like most Cure lyrics there are many possible interpretations, so why not just lie down & enjoy the music? And as with most of the songs, there is a lengthy intro before Smith sings wearily of love & despair...
12. Untitled - I interpret the lyrics of this song to be about unrequited love... "Never quite said what I wanted to say to you.".. We've all been there. Too afraid of rejection to express our true feelings for someone & having to live with the regret of a lost opportunity. The music, as always, is excellent, with great drumming once again.
While it would be fair to say that it is a long album - clocking in at seventy minutes - and could well have benefited from the loss of one or two tracks, it is still one of the finest albums of the eighties & ought to be in any fans collection of alternative rock. It is, quite simply, the Cure's magnum opus.
But even being a fantastic album it came about "after the real cure was administered".
All the albums, including the cure live in 1984 were " The Cure"
From "the head on the door" there was something missing that, people that was going to record shops there and then felt.
Felt as the three imaginary boys were now no longer imaginary.
Robert Smith's poetry was more prosaic and perhaps mainstream.
Having said that there is no comparison between the early works with the post 84....
I love this album in its own merit.
Get it if you haven't already as it's historic, sad beautiful, suffered....just a tad less than its predecessors, but the bar was already far too high.
I first heard this album back in 1989 whilst working as a trainee draughtsman. My colleague lent me this album, and as I was new, well, it seemed polite to at least listen to it. I must say (initially) I wasn't fond of Robert Smith's voice, however, I was drawn to it both musically and lyrically.
I can truly say this is the album I have listened to most. This is an immersive album (the track lengths help) with (in my opinion) poetic lyrics that are full of emotion. Sure I said, I wasn't taken to Robert Smith's voice, however, his singing is befitting of the songs to which he is expressing (now I'd not want it sung by anyone else).
If you feel anything from the last verse of "Pictures of You" this is certainly for you.
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There was nothing in the world
That I ever wanted more
Than to feel you deep in my heart
There was nothing in the world
That I ever wanted more
Than to never feel the breaking apart
All my pictures of you
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But still, this is up there as one of my favourite albums of all time.
I was a curehead in my teens, so I'm a bit bias maybe.
Digital reproduction is very good.
Plainsong is absolutely brillaint to listen to on the hi-fi.
And is still one of the best album intro's ever.
A must in any CD collection, no matter how old you are!
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