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on 29 April 2017
The Cure are really an underestimated band. Robert Smith at his best. A great cd for anyone who wants something a little different. I love Goth and this is a kind of Goth type cd in my view. Excellent.
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on 18 March 2017
As Listed. Great Product.
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on 19 May 2017
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on 25 January 2016
Fantastic album!
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on 2 January 2007
OK, I confess: despite my admiration for Robert Smith's undoubted talent, I've not been any more than a fair weather fan of the Cure and have only bought a handful of albums over the years. However, `Seventeen Seconds' is one of my all time favourites so perhaps I'll be forgiven. Nevertheless, I did buy `Head on the Door' on glorious vinyl in 1985 and quite liked it but like so many other vinyl albums, it fell into non-use when CD came along and I have not played it for at least 10 years. So when this newly remastered version hit my CD player, I was astounded to be reminded what a good album it is.

Kicking off with the bubbling `In Between Days', the album bursts into life and unlike some other Cure albums, this energy hardly drops through most of the first half until you reach the truly great stuff starting with the semi-instrumental `Push'. What follows is perhaps one of the best consecutive runs in Bob's cannon and comprises `A Baby Screams', `Close to You' and the monumental `A Night Like This', the latter now being my favourite Cure track ever. Never has Smith created such a melt-in-the-mouth melody and backed it up with a massively passionate vocal. The swaying, insistent beat just adds the icing to the cake and despite the cheesy drum fills and dreaded sax solo, nothing can diminish the sheer bittersweet joy this song elicits - how on earth did I forget about it?

All this and the beautiful closer, `Sinking' - what more do you need from a Cure album? Go buy!
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on 20 April 2012
Every song in this album is distinct and creative. Often with eighties albums the production techniques and old synths date quickly, but I think this album still stands up 27 years later. The album is short but I think there's a good balance between their more quirky upbeat songs like Close to me and In between Days and their more dark tortured songs like A Night Like This and Sinking.
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on 22 May 2001
The Cure refocused and ultimately hit their stride with Head On the Door, producing an album which not only more effectively depicted gloom, but also showed enough pop smarts to make it memorable (and even danceable). The band scored a hit with the infectious, New Order-ish "In Between Days" (which managed to beat New Order at their own game) and the highly memorable "Close to Me," but the album's outstanding trait is its diversity -- they managed to combine a wide variety of influences, not only that of contemporary dance-floor peers, but also incorporating rhythms from the Far East and South America to fine effect. The Cure made more accomplished albums later on and had bigger hits, but none combined artistic ambition with really catchy songs as well as Head On the Door.
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on 20 November 2003
I went to France with my family in 1984 a Duranie and met a girl who lent me a few cure tapes she had with her and I returned desperate to know more. The Head on the Door is for me their best album, the first they started to use a lusher production, bringing a more layered sound to their songs. Listening to this album today sums up all that the cure do well daft pop 'close to me' songs that get under your skin and stay there ' the blood' 'kyoto song' and the immense 'Sinking'to close. Anyone interested in what the cure do can do no better than using this as a starter and working forwards or backwards as you Wish. A perfect album from a perfect band.
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on 14 April 2013
The Cure have been known for their gloomy tunes at the start of their career with Pornography, Seventeen Seconds and Faith- then along came Kiss Me x3 and Japanese Whispers. The album was a sweet introduction to their newly found quirky Cure sound which is very difficult to compare to most bands and the which is what makes this band special.

However, the lyrics are still quite dark and full of self hatred, which is what to be expected of Robert Smith, however, he managed to tie this in with easy going tunes fit for a summer mood which won't put a downer on your day.

My favourite tracks are Night Like This and Six Different ways which are very catchy and one listen simply isn't enough.
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on 30 December 2000
'The Head on the Door' nicely reflects the ever-changing nature of the Cure, from the sickly sweet pop of 'Inbetween Days' through to the fabulous 'Sinking', reminiscent of earlier material. This ranks as one of the Cure's best albums and the first of a series which encompasses 'Disintegration' and ends with the release of 'Wish' in 1992. It demonstrates a fuller sound than earlier output and was written at the time of a new line-up, greater stability, and a fresh outlook for the band as a whole. Much of the album is single material.
The opening track is infectious pop at its best, although not the most accomplished track on the album. 'Push' sees Smith relating his experience of irrational hatred, and has proved a favourite set piece. 'A Night Like This' is classic Cure, a strong bass line and lyric, with Smith in remorseful mood "I want it to be perfect like before, I want to change". The last track forms an intense and beautiful soundscape, particularly when played loud, Smith lamenting the inevitable passing of time, a theme explored in 'Seventeen Seconds'. This album is a must-buy.
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