As my title states, this is not your conventional gloomy Cure material, but a sunnier, more playful side of Robert and Co. Everyone has likely heard the 3 singles from this CD (Let's Go To Bed, The Walk, and The Lovecats), all of which are fairly representative of the overall sound of this little album. Those aforementioned singles are incredibly catchy, and The Walk may very well be considered The Cure's foray into disco (you could practically sing Donna Summer's Hot Stuff over it if you so desired). The remainder of the CD mainly continues in this upbeat style.
The Dream is full of crazy synths and almost reminds me of early Depeche Mode. Just One Kiss is more like your standard darker Cure material, but has a fast enough beat that you don't get completely bummed-out. The Upstairs Room is another disco-esque number. Speak My Language is very similar to The Lovecats with upright bass and piano, but with a slower tempo. La Ment is less upbeat like Just One Kiss but again, still has a nice beat. Both Just One Kiss and La Ment were recorded around the time of Pornography, so that accounts for their more melancholic sound.
Everything else on the CD is an obvious precursor to the experimental and mostly Robert-helmed follow up effort, The Top, which while not being widely embraced by critics, is a hidden treasure and The Cure's best kept secret. I don't recommend this CD to casual or beginning Cure fans, they would be wise to purchase Staring At The Sea instead. But for hardcore, seasoned fans and completists alike, this is a nice addition to a collection.