|1. The Kiss|
|4. If Only Tonight We Could Sleep|
|5. Why Can't I Be You?|
|6. How Beautiful You Are...|
|7. The Snakepit|
|8. Hey You!|
|9. Just Like Heaven|
|10. All I Want|
|11. Hot Hot Hot!!!|
|12. One More Time|
|13. Like Cockatoos|
|14. Icing Sugar|
|15. The Perfect Girl|
|16. A Thousand Hours|
|17. Shiver And Shake|
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.
...That's really all I have to say. I've started thinking about Robert Smith singing "All I Want" and now I'm a wee bit too distracted to go on with the review...sigh...I'll leave you with that. Buy every Cure album ever released today. Then play them to death. Then buy the re-releases of all the Cure albums (complete with rarities) when they come out and you'll be able to fully appreciate them. That's all I got. Peace, Love and Robert Smith, y'all. Meow.
KISS ME, KISS ME, KISS ME is so fun to explore and really highlights the Cure's eclecticism and wide range of talents. There are so many standout songs for me, but my favorite would have to be "Like Cockatoos" with a tricky, spiraling and masterful vocal from Smith and the bizarre sound of psychedelic birds in flight.
Also, if pressed, I would have taken off "Shiver and Shake" which is energetic, frazzled, nasty and angry but a bit of a throwaway while "Hey You!!!," also a bit of a tossed-off tune, finds the Cure in full party mode which is a key aspect of this album. ("Hey You!!!" was removed so this double album could fit on one disc.)
Note: as brilliant as the Cure is, the biggest complaint I hear about them from my non-fan friends is Smith's vocals which are admittedly rather thin and crackly. However, if you can get past that, he is a very emotive vocalist and an excellent vocal stylist who can truly do some amazing things with his pipes. I really love his voice, faults and all!
The album opens with "The Kiss", which after a somewhat lengthy musical intro features lyrics like... Read more