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1983 singles collection featuring the seven-inch versions of three singles, 'Let's Go To Bed', 'The Walk', 'The Love Cats', and five of the B-sides from those singles, 'The Dream', 'Just One Kiss' (7-inch version), 'The Upstairs Room', 'Speak My Language', & 'Lament'. Fiction Records. * Please note this will not be re-issued in the Cure Remastered/Expanded Campaign!
Compilation de singles sortie immédiatement après Pornography, en 1982-1983, Japanese Whispers présente un tout autre aspect de Cure, alors réduit au duo Robert Smith/Lol Tolhurst. Aux ambiances lourdes et sombres succèdent de vraies chansons pop, comme "Let's Go To Bed" et le sautillant et jazzy "Love Cats", ou des morceaux de new wave synthétique et dansante pas très loin de New Order, à l'instar de "The Walk" et "The Upstairs Room". Sans aller jusqu'à sonner résolument guilleret, Robert Smith, au moins, ne semble plus porter le poids de toutes les angoisses de la terre sur ses épaules, sans que sa musique en souffre. Un peu de légèreté, de temps en temps, n'a jamais fait de mal à personne. --Thierry Chatain
Top Customer Reviews
"Let's Go to Bed" was maybe their 1st U.S. hit before "Head on the Door". It's fun and takes a playful approach to sex; it was a refreshing shift from their previous stuff. "Lovecats" is one of the most refreshing hit records ever written with its charming standup bass usage, boppy rhythm and Robert actually doing a bebop scat thing of some sort... a classic by any standard.
Stated shortly, this was a very strong release that just happened to be a departure from previous releases. And here's a note to Rozzy and others who are probably a bunch of 13-year-old Goths (nothing against 13-year-old Goths... I may have been one)... I was alive at the time this came out and actually to listening to it as it was released - not some modern collector looking back 20 years after the fact. This album was enjoyed by Cure fans at the time who loved the blackest moments from before but needed a change just to keep the music alive. Variety is the spice, ain't it?
Key Songs: Let's Go To Bed, Lament, The LoveCats
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Yes, We all know that change can be scary.Maybe the Cure should have stuck with the sound they became associated with from there earlier albums (which I'll agree are great) and not... Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by Robert Burns
Whether this is truly disco or not..i didnt really enjoy it. for some reason this style of Cure doesnt work out for me. Read morePublished on June 24 2003 by Disintegration
I comsider this album one of their weakest. It is nod bad, but not the real Cure. It is really idiot pop, as Smith called. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2001 by Luppapa
the b-sides "the dream", "just one kiss" and "the upstairs room" work brilliantly as moody counterbalances of sorts to the over the top "idiot... Read morePublished on May 6 2001 by carl
This LP is a very different turn for Robert & Company. After the very gloomy "Seventeen Seconds", "Faith", and "Pornography" LPs. Read morePublished on March 13 2001
"Japanese Whispers" is an album that marks a departure point for the Cure. This is where the music was starting to become more commercial, after the bleak, tormented,... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2000 by Greg Hughes
This cd is really a collaboration of the singles released in 1983 with their b-sides. This cd is pretty good, but is my least favorite of all the Cure albums. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2000 by Eric Edelin