Like many Cure fans, I started with "Disintegration" and was sucked in very quickly. After that epic album I purchased the "Galore" singles collection and then set about purchasing other Cure albums to satisfy my desires for more.
I purchased this, the first album, recently and was very disappointed. Certainly, as others have stated, I can see the roots of what would come in the lyrics. But not in the music. The Cure is (was?) an ever-changing group; members would come and go as they felt the need, and it seems that Robert Smith was the only constant. Thus the albums reflect the contributions of the group's lineup at the time. This particular lineup is not one that I enjoyed.
I don't want to sound too harsh, but this sounded like bad 80s music. :(
If you're just getting into the Cure, (or are about "half way" like me), skip this one and the next one ("Seventeen Seconds"); save them for last, perhaps.
If you're looking for more music like that on "Disintegration", I recommend the following: Wish, Bloodflowers, and Pornography. (Note that Pornography, Disintegration, and Bloodflowers are said to be the 3 chapters of a conceptual trilogy.)
Also, on The Cure's site ([...] click on "Archives", then "Words." All of the songs are listed in order of creation/publish, and are grouped by the different Cure lineups, which is incredibly helpful in figuring out which lineup you prefer.
In summary, this album was a disappointment to me, as the later albums are much more satisfying.