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|1. Boys Don't Cry|
|2. Plastic Passion|
|3. 10:15 Saturday Night|
|5. So What|
|6. Jumping Someone Else's Train|
|7. Subway Song|
|8. Killing An Arab|
|9. Fire In Cairo|
|10. Another Day|
|11. Grinding Halt|
|12. Three Imaginary Boys|
When Robert Smith's long-running group made this debut (actually the resequenced American version of the British Three Imaginary Boys), they weren't the Goth-and-reverb, new wave heroes they later became; they were just a trio of disaffected kids who didn't like what was on the radio, because it wasn't smart enough or dark enough. Smith's lyrics are bleakly sarcastic (as when he spells out the title of "Fire in Cairo") and literate (the single "Killing an Arab," a nihilistic sketch based on a scene from Albert Camus's The Stranger). The band matches them with swift, tingling arrangements that dodge skillfully around rock's machismo and self-indulgence, even when Smith launches into the occasional gnarled little solo. --Douglas Wolk
OK, so technically this isn't The Cure's first album. Well, it is, and it isn't. It culls the best tracks from their actual debut album, "Three Imaginary Boys", removing... Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by B
I think this is one of the best Cure albums. (tip; buy this one last)Published on May 30 2004 by "citrusin"
i just got into the cure, but i find alot of the stuff they did in the 80's and 90's boring. this album i think is the best i've heard by them. Read morePublished on May 1 2004
This is the album that paved a way for one of the most versatile, ingenious and eccentric alternative rock bands of all time; a phenomenon, i.e. The Cure. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003 by Vish Iyer
I haven't heard Three Imaginary Boys yet, however I own everything else the Cure has released including the imports, and to my ears this is a fine debut. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by mike
I can't tell you what it is about this album that is so great, because first off, there are some horrible songs on here. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2003 by R. Brown
Album number one (or at least the US edition of it) by The Cure is a far cry from all later albums, even their second, Seventeen Seconds, let alone something like Disintegration. Read morePublished on June 3 2003 by alexliamw
if anyone thinks punk and pop cant peacefully co- exist togther personaly this blows anything by green day and most of the ramones stuff out of the water the production is so... Read morePublished on Dec 19 2002 by "curefreaky"
Robert Smith & co. were just teenagers when they did this album of pop gems. These songs catchy, fun and quite listenable today. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2002 by "richlatta"