Kiss Me Kiss Me .. -Remaster
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|7. The Snakepit|
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|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|
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Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) paper sleeve pressing. Universal. 2008.
Released in 1987, at the height of the compact-disc revolution, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me is the prototypical CD album. Cure architect Robert Smith knew that the newly popular format could handle almost twice as much music as records, and he wasn't about to waste the space. Unfortunately, many of Kiss Me's 17 tracks sound more like B-sides. The cream is certainly worth culling, however; "Catch," "How Beautiful You Are," and the alternative-rock staple "Just Like Heaven" are among the Cure's finest moments. "Hot Hot Hot!!!" and "Why Can't I Be You?" reveal that underneath all the dyed-black hair and glum stares lay a fervent dance band. Who knew? --Bill Crandall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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...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!
From the opening track 'Kiss', which builds and savages for at least 4-5 minutes before Robert Smith even opens his mouth, to the lush and haunting 'If Only Tonight We Could Sleep' and the Cure's flip-side pop personality of 'Catch' and 'Just Like Heaven' this album runs the full gamutt of The Cure's musical genius.
Many tracks are challenging, but this is an album that continues to grow on you, even years after you've bought it.
Henry Rollins has been known to say that 'Why Can't I Be You' is his favourite pop song, all happy melody and beat, with quite frightening lyrics.
Other standout tracks are 'Like Cockatoos', 'Torture', 'Icing Sugar' and the infectious 'Hot Hot Hot!!!'.
Few double albums sustain the energy and interest over the course of the whole work. 'Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me' (2 vinyls, one very long CD) is the yardstick by which all such efforts should be measured.
The album opens with "The Kiss", which after a somewhat lengthy musical intro features lyrics like "Get your [expletive] voice out of my head... I wish you were dead." Which reminds me a lot more of Cure songs like "Give Me It" than their pop numbers.
Next comes "Catch". It certainly sounds like a pop song, but as far as I can tell it's about a wistfully remembered epileptic.
Then "Torture". "My body is cut and broken/It's shattered and sore/My body is cut wide open/I can't stand anymore."
Then "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep", one of my favorite songs on the album. "If only tonight we could fall/In a deathless spell... If only tonight we could slide/Into deep black water". Maybe not gloomy, but certainly goth.
"Why Can't I Be You?" OK, pure, wonderful, whimsical pop.
"How Beautiful You Are". Probably my favorite. Again, pop presentation, but no more a love song than REM's "The One I Love". Listen to the lyrics.
"Snake Pit". "And my eyes feel like they're bursting/And they're splitting like plums/And I'm writhing... in the snake pit".
"Just Like Heaven". OK, pop. But "Alone above a raging sea/That stole the only girl I loved/And drowned her deep inside of me."
"All I Want". More pop than not.
"Hot Hot Hot!!!" Awesome pop.
"One More Time". Pop.
"Like Cockatoos", "Icing Sugar". Can't hear them in my head right now.
"The Perfect Girl". Pop.
"A Thousand Hours". More pop than not. But "For how much longer can I howl into this wind?Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Intense feelings and the tracks are a mixture of happy and hurting instrumental sounds.
Look for "Hey, You!", it is fun bonus found on certain versions of this album.
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... Read more
This is a masterpeace for sure. A classic if you're into the happy and light side of the band. Songs here are very up vibe and easy to listen. A must have.Published on June 9 2004 by Ricardo Menezes
this cd is horrible. pearl jam lions is a piece of garbage and all he listens to is whiny british babys (i.e) the cure and radiohead. Read morePublished on June 4 2004
The Cure defined the 80's simply put spanning a 20 year career. I can't even count how many albums they have. Pioneers of the synthpop/ new wave movement through the 80's. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by N. Damiano
That person who feels digital technology should remix the album is an idtiot. One simply does not change what has already been done. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004
Contrary to what some may say, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, is due to be remastered in 2004, along with several other discs in the collection. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by Weedy Burton