The reason for my low grade is that they already released two greatest hits albums which are both better than this one. Besides, The Cure's appeal isn't just amazing melodies, it's that dreamy, beautiful layered sound they have, and creating a certain mood. Perhaps it's better for the casual listener to get a greatest hits thing just to get a feel for the styles and evolution of the band before they get something like, say Seventeen Seconds which requires some patience before that "cure understanding" sinks in...but there's not even anything from Pornography on here, so you might as well get Staring at the Sea first, like I did. When I got that one, my first taste of the Cure, I loved every song on it but I still found it kind of an awkward listen, because all the different styles sounded wierd together. Still love it though, because it depicted the Cure as they were and still are, a creative, versatile band who aren't afraid to experiment with a vast array of styles and moods. But anyway, Greatest hits albums aside (it really doesn't matter that much which one you get...it's just preference), to me The Cure has always been an album-band. Their individual albums are probably the reason they have such a huge following. Some of them, like Disintegration are like a spiritual experience of some kind, and I know I'm not alone in my feelings about this. The acoustic disc is pretty cool though.