|1. 10:15 Saturday Night|
|3. Grinding Halt|
|4. Another Day|
|6. Subway Song|
|7. Foxy Lady|
|9. So What|
|10. Fire In Chairo|
|11. It's Not You|
|12. Three Imaginary Boys|
|13. Weedy Burton|
Accuracy - short & sweet punk
Grinding Halt - like above but with clever beat/rhythm that slows down to come to a grinding halt
Another Day & object - short & bratty punk; Smith sounds like he's 12
Subway Song - minimal and very creepy... a well kept Goth secret
Foxy Lady - a funny, fast-paced cover of Hendrix (Cure doing Jimmy - ha!)
Meathook & So What - back to short, bratty punk
Fire in Cairo - quirky punk... funny chorus when he quickly spells out
Solid and punchy throughout with a pair of great songs. Auspicious start with some towering moments.
I discovered the Cure when this album was released in France. Those were the days. Therefore, I guess I'm sort of stuck with my fond memories of these fantastic tunes, as I don't quite agree with other reviewers. To put things simply : this first album is my favorite.
I remember that upon discovering this record, I thought : How did these guys manage to construct such a powerful debut ? The first tune was arresting (10:15), then it got better and better. I was amazed. They were confident enough to keep the best tunes buried inside !
Sure, the Cure evolved after this first opus, they got more experimental (Seventeen seconds, my second best), onright depressing (Pornography, "the black gem"), or playful (Japanese whispers), and then they toyed with these ideas, fleshing them out, creating variations (Disintegration, Kiss...). But they never captured again the brilliance of their debut, this obvious display of Robert Smith's genius.
My guess is that Robert was disappointed with the response to his first songs, got weird, depressed, then gradually decided, I'm able to give them the tunes they want. Consequently, the Cure released "Japanese whispers" and the others. I confess I listened to each one of them. But at the time I did not want to admit that I was gradually losing interest (yeah, that's right, I was getting older. But hey, I don't dribble all over yet).
This first record has got it all. This IS "the Cure". Any "real fan" should, in my opinion, listen to it. Try to forget about those "synth layers".Read more ›
This album was The Cure's first. (Their Peel session EP doesn't contain enough tracks to make it a real album....but it has a fantastic version of Boys Don't Cry.) Any semi-serious Cure fan will quickly realize that most of the tracks on "Three Imaginary Boys" made it onto their U.S. Debut album: "Boys Don't Cry".
While moody and quirky, this album is not a showcase for The Cure. This early work shows Robert Smith's attempts at defining a sound for the group before they knew what they were doing. Its heavy Punk influence overshadows the dark and sad mood of the words of most of the songs.
This album does contain a few gems like Meathook, Plastic Passion, and 10:15 Saturday Night, and it MUST be part of any Cure fan's collection... but if you like the layered, synth-heavy tones of "Disintegration", or the angry and loud "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me", then this one is NOT for you.