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The Head on the Door -Remaster

the Cure Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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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 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.
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
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Cure's Finest Sept. 11 2003
By Vilbs
Format:Audio CD
For The Cure, the instrumentation on this album is surprisingly upbeat with lots of new-wave/synth/europop beats, but the music contrasts starkly to the darkness and angst of Robert Smith's lyrics. This dichotomy makes for one of the best Cure albums available.
The album kicks off with the beat laden "In Between Days", and the contrast between lyrical content and music is very evident on this great song. Other classics include "Push", the exotic "Kyoto Song", and the nifty spanish guitars of "Blood". My personal favorite on this album is the deceptively simple "Six Different Ways", which is another confessional song from Robert. The balance between darkness and light has always been a central theme in the Cure's work, and nowhere is it maintained better than on "The Head on the Door".
For those looking for an introduction to the Cure, this is a great album to get started. Other strong contenders would have to be "Disintegration" and "Pornography", but the more upbeat moments on THOTD help to ease you into some of their even darker work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 10 perfect pop songs Aug. 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Cure's discography can be divided in half with a thick, black line into two halves. On one side, are the dark albums (Pornography, Disintegration, Bloodflowers, Faith), where epic, depressing soundscapes are plenty. And on the other side are their lighter, poppier works (Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Boys Don't Cry, Wish), which favor catchiness and instrumental experimentation over raw emotion. The Head On The Door falls into the latter category. All ten tracks are perfect 80s pop songs that get stuck in your head and never fail to delight.
Whether it be the dancable Eurobeat of "In between days", the spanish-flavored "The Blood", or the quirky "Six Different Ways", this album has something for everyone and is a good introduction to the Cure. It won't stick with you immediately, but you'll soon come to love it.
If you're looking to get into the Cure, make The Head on the Door your first purchase. Or, if you're already a Cure fan, I give this album my *highest* recommendation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Understandably inconsistent. July 6 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Inconsistent" is the right word for Head on the Door. That makes sense - Robert Smith and his homies had just tired of their horribly scary goth posturing (Faith, Pornography) and were searching for a new style. Head on the Door is a very strange venture into dance-pop.
It's certainly something, and there's no other Cure album quite like it. The first track takes on New Order at their own game (and beats them), another ("The Blood") has a distinctly Spanish sound (the song is about a Spanish wine), and so forth. Every song is different. In some cases, we already begin to see the development of The Cure's future trappings - "Push" and some others have the same otherworldly guitars that would later become the band's signature style, "Close to Me" has a synth lead very much like the later "Lovesong," and so on. While the music is almost always great, however, Smith's voice occasionally is not up to par - it may be just under-rehearsal (most of the tracks here went on the album after the first take).
Anyways, the best moments are decidedly "Push," "A Night Like This" and "Sinking." The worst are "Close To Me" and "Screw," the latter probably being the most embarrassing Cure song ever. The rest are good while they're playing, but ultimately forgettable. When the album hits its high points, though, make no mistake - it shines very brightly. It closes with "Sinking," making a wonderful parting impression that serves to erase the bewilderment (as in "um...why is this on here?") brought on by, say, "Screw." I recommend it for Cure fans who are interested in tracking the band's musical development (or for Cure fans, period) - it's really not a very accurate introduction to the Cure for those who know nothing about them. Get Wish, and if you like it, by all means get this CD. If not, well, you probably shouldn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great disc.
flashback to the 80s. great disc.
Published 5 days ago by serge
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid from start to finish.
An upbeat solid work, all the songs are memorable, if you only want one CD from The Cure, this is it.
Published on June 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get tired of it!
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). Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by C. Mackey
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... Read more
Published on March 31 2004 by Mr. Moist
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cure for musical ennui
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by Alison Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars The Head on the Door
A good album to start with the Cure. It isn't dark and gloomy like a lot of their stuff. I think the best of Robert Smith's songwriting comes through when he concentrates on... Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2003 by Richard Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars WOnderful MEmoRies!
Lately I've been feeling the old pull of certain music from my past and this is definitely one of them. Read more
Published on July 26 2003 by Shannon B. Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Songs
This is an excellent album so I was going to replace it with the CD but it appears to be incomplete. Read more
Published on April 7 2003
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