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The Head on the Door -Remaster

the Cure Audio CD
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1. In Between Days
2. Kyoto Song
3. The Blood
4. Six Different Ways
5. Push
6. The Baby Screams
7. Close To Me
8. A Night Like This
9. Screw
10. Sinking

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This is the Cure album to start with. Robert Smith and company's best and most coherent statement, The Head on the Door is a successful, if schizophrenic, synthesis of the best of '80s rock, boasting danceable Eurobeat anthems ("In Between Days"), world-music-flavored exotica ("Kyoto Song," the Latin-tinged "The Blood"), and more sullen statements of post-modern angst from the band that gave you such downer epics as Faith and Pornography. More than any other Cure album, Head rewards those who don't subscribe to the darker side of the group's ethos. The use of Spanish guitar and other colorful arrangement touches help to create a rich dynamic. The softer, more introspective cuts (like the claustrophobic "Close to Me," Smith's confessional classic) are also far more effective for them. --Don Harrison

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4.0 out of 5 stars almost 20 years gone by... July 2 2004
By Michael
Format:Audio CD
Wow, hard to believe. I grew up with this album.
The new album "The Cure" has me breaking out my Cure collection. This album is a masterpiece of pop songcraft, and still has enough of an edge to keep it intriguing all these years. The production sounds a bit dated and tinny, but that should be fixed real soon as The Cure get ready to release the re-masters later in 2004.
There's not a bad song on this album. It's a great place to start if you are interested in getting into The Cure. This is the album that they splashed big with in the US. Then you could work your way backwards and forwards to fill in the gaps. I would give it 5 stars, if not for what was to come in the future...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid from start to finish. June 26 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
An upbeat solid work, all the songs are memorable, if you only want one CD from The Cure, this is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get tired of it! May 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
This isn't the best Cure album by any means, but boy is it good. It's one of those RARE albums where every track is listenable (and re-listenable). I disagree with those who say THOTD is incoherent, part of it's charm is the fact that it takes you to different places. However, this is an exceptionally short affair, and when the final track "Sinking" closes out, it leaves you wanting more. Just listen to "Push", "The Blood", or "The Baby Screams" and realize that you will never be that creative. Best songs are all of them, end of story. If you don't own THOTD, you should!
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This is quite possibly the height of how creative the Cure got, while i wouldnt call it their *best* album (that title belongs to 'Disintegration') i would call it their most musically creative...
to listen to songs like "Six Different Ways", & "Close to Me", youll mind will hurt just trying to picture how someone came up with those songs, the creativity is off the wall
'Push' is the greatest song off the album, its a very melodic high energy tune which some people will call a sad song, & others, a happy song -
Its one of my most cherished albums in my cd collection... only one bad song on the album i think, but the rest of the album is so great, it saves it from being a 4 star review
Other highlights are "InBetween days", & "A Night like this" which are two more of the Cure's best songs
Highly recommended to start here if youre new to the Cure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars solid gold cure March 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
Back in my goth days of the late 1980's I kinda scorned this album, I loved The Cure of course but thought that this was just a bit too poppy and chirpy for it's own good. Hearing it again, after many years, I was blown away by how well this has stood the test of time, perhaps better than any other of Robbie Smith's offerings.
From start to finish this album bounces and rocks through many different styles and influences and colours, though maintains it's 'Cureness' through Smith's deliciously crazy lyrics, his definitive, angular guitar work and instantly recognizable voice.
I would have to say in hindsight the sonwriting on this album is better than any other Cure album. There is just not one bad moment on all 10 tracks. The angst of earlier (and later) releases is still there, it's just less relentless, and expressed in a wider tapestry of musical references.
People always associate The Cure with doom and gloom - they were always much more than that. They are one of the most interesting, eccentric and unique bands of that emerged in the 80's and Robert Smith is about the only guy who looks good in lipstick and eyeliner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational Cure Dec 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
this Cure album, to me, is one of the most complete recordings in the entire Cure catalogue. i remember back in '85 when i first heard this album, and it quickly became a classic in my music collection as track #10, Sinking, came to a close.
everything from In Between Days with its undeniable groove to the flamenco sip of The Blood....wow, good stuff.
The Kyoto Song is a slow groove....The Baby Screams is some of the quirky, fun Cure that us Cure fans love so much. A Night Like This, Sinking, Six Different Ways, and Push are simply some of the finest Cure songs ever written....they feel "grand" "deep"...i dunno, there is just something about those tracks that i dig....the words, guitar, keys, and of course, Smith's voice...trust me, this release is about alot more than the hit "Close to Me" (which i skip 8 times out of 10 anyway) Head on the Door is a different side of the Cure, but it is still the Cure, and it is fantastic.
Heaven
Give me a sign
Waiting for the sun to shine
Pleasure fills up my dreams
And I love it
Like a baby screams
- The Cure/The Baby Screams/Head on the Door/1985/R. Smith
peace,
cic
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cure for musical ennui Nov. 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
Whenever I'm mourning the death of our old friend, Good Music, I just slap any Cure CD onto the disc player. The Cure is the definitive "80s and beyond" band. Their mercurial pop melodies mingled with singer Robert Smith's Poe-meets-Rimbaud-meets-Dr. Seuss lyrical musings and plaintive wail make The Cure a truly mesmerizing presence. All of its albums are stunningly solid efforts, including the recent "Bloodflowers," but 1985's "Head on the Door" is its most intriguingly layered offering, serving up an experimental foray into various musical styles; bits of flamenco, Japanese new wave, funk, hard rock, and even jazz sneak their way onto this magical album. The best part is, the Cure manages all the musical genre-melding without surrendering its trademark surrealistic sound.
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