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Faith
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on 22 July 2007
This bleak album opens with the meandering dirge The Holy Hour and from there, things just get more depressing. Even the uptempo Primary which was a hit single, is full of angst though not devoid of charm with its chugging rhythms.

The wail of despair resumes in Other Voices, whilst All Cats Are Grey is less claustrophobic with a slow undulating texture creating a more spacious feel. As the title suggests, The Funeral Party is indeed funereal but its saving grace is an awesome melody line. This song would have made Nico of the VU proud.

Doubt is fairly typical Cure faire whilst some impressive guitar work makes The Drowning Man palatable despite the doom and gloom. This seminal Gothic album concludes with the title track, a slow, brooding number with dreamy vocals, a resigned and world-weary end to the relentless misery.
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VINE VOICEon 21 July 2006
I know that this has been superseded by a deluxe version, but that's for the devoted fan. I got into this band when I heard their stunning debut single, "Killing An Arab" and, for me, their first three albums, of which this is the last, are their best. I lost interest after this. You only need to glance at the track listing for confirmation of Robert Smith's state of mind when "Faith" was made. There are no histrionics or shock tactics: this is a genuine piece of dark art, far more powerful and honest than anything the dreadful Joy Division/New Order ever perpetrated.

"The Holy Hour" should be titled "The Unholy Hour". Its characteristic bassline is the musical equivalent of someone shovelling earth out of a hole. "All Cats Are Grey" is frighteningly simple, the percussion used as a lead instrument over a basic keyboard part. This is a track that breathes on your neck. If Hammer Films had been into music this is the record they'd have made.
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on 28 June 2002
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.
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on 29 June 2004
As downright, self-obsorbed, self-pitying, violent, bile-filled and bitter an album as you're likely to get. This is not a bad thing.
Totally and utterly uncompromising - The Cure's finest album.
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on 6 October 2009
Ringing with ominous placidity in a wretched state of mind, Faith isn't the best place to start with the Cure.

Its murky jigsaw puzzle songs that come together to form a murkier overall stick doesn't stick immediately, slow-burning without any genuine pop hits or over-the-edge mantras to leave a direct impression on a new listener.

Faith is very toned down, and tightly stripped compared to what has maintained the Cure's legacy as a lavished and orchestral sad band. Though having moments of succinct angst, and beautiful anti-climaxes, nothing else can be considered a highlight at all. Just like its cover, Faith is a morbidly grey album with slight tilts on the shade scale.
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on 19 April 2012
I wont go on, put simply this is (in my opinion) the best album the Cure made. I love it and still listen to it at least once a month all these years later.

The vibe has been described as depressing and bleak, which it can be, but its also beautiful.

Brilliant stuff from Smith et al....

if you like the Cure and dont have this, get it immediately, if you are a more casual listener and like the poppier stuff, probbaly best avoid this one.

5 stars
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on 3 January 2002
This album breathes Gothic. But this without being simply scary or Dark Rock just to please the dancing passion of a disco gothic. Hardly any other gothic album has managed to be both so haunting and so tragic. The perfect soundtrack to expressionistic films from the Twenties. The greyish cloister nicely illustrates the sacral and expressionistic character of the album. Every piece picks up the end of its predecessor and turns it into another foggy thing. The calm of "The Holy Hour" changes into hysteria in "Primary". The poetic pictures of "Primary" make a strange contrast to its staccato guitar line.
"Other Voices" is a ghostly dance of desperation
fuelled by misunderstanding of personal desires.
"All Cats Are Grey" seems to be for the time when someone is through with life. No more tears to cry. Just the feeling of total emptiness and loss.
Still a choking feeling of grief. The keyboard lines are even more touching than the ones in Joy Divison's "Decades". As a contrast "The funeral party" is all wet with tears. "Doubt" is a fierce return to "Other Voices".
Though just made up of a simple thin guitars, fast drums and bass without the surealism of "Voices" it is perhaps one of the most gothic songs ever recorded. The violence of it is all futile. Just fuelled by total desparation underlined by the eerie whining of Roberts Voice all through the song. "The Drowning Man" and its cascades of chilling guitar delivers a setting of total sadness that the singer seems to drown in. The inability to help a lost soul. The heaviness of simple bass lines in faith acompanies the desparate search of Robert for something to keep him from getting lost in futility. "With nothing left but faith". When it comes to the end all that will be left is the belief that life had a meaning. You might call this a "serious" goth album just as Joy Divison made serious music. Other Comparisons may be some calm moments in the works of Virgin Prunes or Bauhaus. So enjoy this if you think that goth can be more than deathrock by 45 Grave.
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on 28 June 2005
this is the first cure album that i bought and my favourite.
robert smith and co produce a fantastic desolate piece of work.
there's no doubt that it is a very dark album(not one to listen on a summer barbecue party!!!)
An album to listen at night with headphones and possibly dream
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on 2 August 2002
... 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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on 13 June 2010
The item is in very good condition, not a scratch on the cd. The case was broken but I guess that was on the way over here, its ok.
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