If there were 2 albums to really define the Cure, it would be this album, & 'Disintegration', released 2 years later
Whereas 'Disintegration' captures Robert Smiths ability to make powerful dark atmosphereic music, this, on the other hand, captures his ability to make powerful light atmosphereic music... Which really defines him as being the magnificent song writer he is
At first this album isn't so easy to get into, it took me a few months before finally really growing on me - It's rapid mood swings throughout the album can throw the listener off, which is why it's so important to sit down & listen to it & not just throw the album on as backround music until you're used to the songs
This supposivley was a double album originally, making it the longest Cure album in the Cure's catalog. I would also say it's their most instrumental & musical - All you have to do is get used to the variety, & this album will become one of your favorites by them
If you're completely new to the Cure, it might be better if you bought 1992's 'Wish' instead, before buying this album - 'Wish' has the same type of variety, except is easier to get into -
This is overall an excellent display of Robert Smith's genius building & building in intensity until the late 80s, where in 1989 it finally exploded in their most successful & legendary album, 'Disintegration' - If 'Disintegration' was the thunder clap, 'Kiss me x 3' was the lightning bolt
In the top 3 best Cure albums.