Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Not So New Release Tuesday: "Disintegration"


Disintegration is the best album ever! Or so says Kyle from South Park. I would place it very high on my list. Released in 1989, it was a total departure from the widely popular Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, as every song stayed within a tight few main themes: love lost and pure melancholy and despair. Most of the songs clock in over 5 minutes long, featuring dark guitars and dramatic synth chords along with Robert Smith's distinctive brood. It is not an album to brighten your day, but if ever in a depressed state, this album will speak to you.

Musically, every song has something different, from the opening chimes and crash of percussions and synths of Plainsong to the piano and guitar opening of Homesick. The overall mix of instruments is a strength, never overshadowing another part. But don't let the different styles and sometimes upbeat backing music fool you. Every song is dark lyrically, even the more radio friendly Lovesong. Robert Smith seems to only have one thing to say, but has so many different ways to say it. The memories flood back in Pictures of You, Last Dance, and Untitled, taking you on a journey into the psyche of a man that so want's things to be like before. The anger and desolation of Disintegration and Prayers For Rain is a counterpoint to the soaring atmosphere of Fascination Street and the almost sillyness of Lullaby, the only two songs that do not follow the overall despair of the album.

Is this the best album ever? Some would like to think so. It is for sure the best Cure album. It is recommended listening even for those who do not like The Cure.

Fascination Street
Prayers For Rain

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Anonymous baby said...

I love that episode of South Park at least as much as I like Disintegration. Oh well, what will you do. The comedy!

cheers, baby

Tuesday, October 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are these files corrupt? I cant get them to play. They d/l fine.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006  
Anonymous Amy said...

It is the best.. love it love it love it!!!!!

Saturday, March 03, 2007  

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