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Misery turned up to 11
on 16 February 2007
Oh the agony of that acne, those 'A' levels! 'Faith' is an album that's hard to take seriously once you've left further education, comprising, as it does, eight routine slabs of doom. It's an album you want to shout at, like an exasperated parent to a truculent teen, "Oh for goodness' sake just GROW UP!!"
The moody, seductive, twilight feel of 'Seventeen Seconds' has given way to all-out despair; misery turned up to 11. 'Faith' is clearly indebted to Joy Division's masterpiece, 'Closer', released the previous year, but in place of Ian Curtis's rigorous explorations of self we have Robert Smith's hollow metaphysics and sixth-form doggerel, striving for profundity but not standing up to close inspection.
A couple of tracks partly redeem it. 'Primary' at least has some vim and energy, plus a half-decent lyric, and 'All Cats Are Grey' is genuinely atmospheric and less portentous than 'The Holy Hour' or the title track.
The Cure would come good again, most notably with 'The Head On The Door' and 'Disintegration'. The former embraced glorious, technicolour pop while the latter's sumptuous angst felt rooted in some real-life love and hurt.
'Faith', though, is a ponderous and pimply listen. One for the 'pretentious French novel' period of your life.