if you want to hear a band that hit its prime, check out "Faith"....one of the Cure's deepest and mind bending albums ever recorded. the third track <Other Voices> is amazing...tribal drum beats, a bass line that rumbles through in perfect rhythm, smith holding in with a dreamy strum of his electric, and layers of floating smith vocals that will send shivers down your spine. and that's just one song.
this release has been an all time favorite of mine for almost fifteen years, and i don't think i'll ever tire of it. every song...from the chillingly, eerie pace of <All Cats Are Grey> (a cure classic in every sense) to the all bass guitar driven <Primary>...yes, this album is dark, but it is more peaceful than anything else. i can listen to Faith for hours while i write, chill with friends, or just drift off into a deep sleep.
i can't reccommend this CD enough. it truly is a great collection of cure music. you want driving beats, raw bass lines with a punk feel? you got it. you want twisted, morbidly glowing goth? you got it. there's a wonderful pacing of music flow....and you'll just end up of floating along with it.
All in all, i'd say there is no diehard cure fan on the planet that does not own Faith. if i'm wrong, shame on you. buy it. Faith is part of the Cure's <magic 3>: "Seventeen Seconds", "Faith", and "Pornography". 3 Cure albums...so similar in tone, yet so different in meaning. "Faith", the middle of the three is almost the calm before the storm, which would be "Pornography". i look at it all as a trilogy in the Cure archive.
to listen to Faith is to experience Faith. one of the Cure's finest....