I used to listen to this when this album was first released in 1982; I was 13. It made a huge impact on me that I notice now, listening to it again for the first time since high school. First, it helped me understand depth in music and lyrics, as well as my first discoveries of humanity, psychology, and intensity. Secondly, it is some of the most original music that I have heard, even ever since; I didn't realize that it would make my musical interests so hard to satisfy and so diverse all at once. Third, there is a way that Robert Smith's guitar-playing, singing, and lyrics forge a place in the heart and soul that can be touched by very few people, artists, musicians, etc. I love this album, and all of the Cure's work. It's amazing to see them grow through various phases-- with patience, they mark each of their phases with several albums, and the years it takes for them as a group to develop their different approaches to life: their "pop" and love song side and those years and albums where they learn and progress toward their own perfection, as well as their more personal, solitary emotions. It's cool that they force their fans to follow them through all of it, although they lost me at the beginning of their pop phase, I guess once a Cure fan, always a Cure fan, because I came back!