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Top Import


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  • Audio CD (July 11 1984)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal/Fiction
  • ASIN: B000005S0E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

1. Shake Dog Shake
2. Bird Mad Girl
3. Wailing Wall
4. Give Me It
5. Dressing Up
6. The Caterpillar
7. Piggy In The Mirror
8. The Empty World
9. Bananafishbones
10. The Top

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1984 album that is unavailable domestically. 10 tracks, including 'The Caterpillar', 'Bird Mad Girl', 'Shake Dog Shake', 'Dressing Up' & 'Give Me It'. Fiction / Universal.

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Largement amorcés avec les singles compilés sur Japanese Whispers, la guérison du Cure dépressif et le renouvellement de sa musique dans des ambiances nettement moins pesantes prend effet sur album avec The Top en 1984. Ce qui en fait un de leurs disques les plus controversés des années 80. Les uns le voient comme un chef-d'oeuvre de neo-psychédélisme, les autres se sentent trahis et déplorent son côté outrageusement baroque à l'image d'une pochette nauséeuse. Il est vrai que sans complètement tourner le dos à la noirceur, Robert Smith grave dans ses sillons des sonorités latines, orientales, des parties de saxo (le terrifiant "Give Me It"), de flûtes, de pianos, de tambours… Bref, il se fait plaisir. Au-delà de ce débat, si certaines compositions sont sans doute plus faibles que d'habitude, d'autres tirent parfaitement leur épingle du jeu : le rageur "Shake Dog Shake" constituera pendant longtemps une parfaite ouverture pour les concerts du groupe, "The Wailing Wall" rappelle les grandes heures de Pornography en un peu plus folklorique, "Piggy In The Mirror" fait son nid dans vos oreilles et le single "The Caterpillar" montre les premiers signes d'un succès de masse dont l'album The Head On The Door se fera plus solidement l'écho. --Fabrice Courdan

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rich Latta on April 14 2004
Format: Audio CD
This brilliant album is as colorful as its cover. It's a fascinating window into the darkly distorted state of mind that Robert Smith (the Cure's mastermind) was regularly experiencing at the time. Some of his best music and most tripped out lyrics are featured here.
Smith plays most of the instruments on THE TOP while the talented but soon to be booted Andy Anderson plays the drums. Porl Thompson and Lol Tolhurst do contribute, but this is the closest thing to a solo album Smith has released, although I do have a bootleg solo album that Smith did by himself. With the JAPANESE WHISPERS singles, Robert Smith realized he could do any kind of music, and with the hallucinogenic TOP takes that notion to an extreme where he really lets it all hang out.
The breakdown:
"Shake Dog Shake" - a creepy, nightmarish vision with churning psychedelic guitar, death knell pacing and a grim smile. "Make up in the new blood/ And follow me to where the real fun is" *****
"Birdmad Girl" - beautiful song, lighthearted yet tinged with melancholy. Exudes an exuberant lust for life. Great piano, great guitars (both acoustic and electric). "She sends me everything/ She sends me everywhere" (love the way "me" switches from indirect object to direct object). *****
"Wailing Wall" - a fantastically gloomy Middle Eastern atmosphere pervades as Smiths electric guitar hovers in waves through the background. *****
"Give Me It" - full-throttle chaos and desperation, a harrowing vision to be sure. "Give me it, give me it give me it!/ Deaden my glassy mind!/ Give me it, give me it/ Make me blind!" ****
"Dressing Up" - a dreamy, soothing respite from the madness. Sotthing woodwind keyboards, very intimate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Mackey on April 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm sure that there are people who've given this album a good rating simply because it's a Cure album, and that isn't right. This album deserves a good rating because it is damn-near impenetrable by casual (and even dedicated) fans. A gutsy, drunken affair, the Top is exactly like it's cover art... strange. But it's saving grace is the reward a listener gets from really paying attention. The lyrics are downright absurd, spooky, sad, and angry. Certainly not the best Cure album, but one that deserves recognition. I group the Top in with Wild Mood Swings. Both albums are very good, but you must listen to them with an open mind. This is not a Cure record, really, but a Robert Smith record, made when he was quite inebriated, but still quite creative. Shake dog shake, Wailing Wall, Top, and Piggy in the Mirror are brilliant. A great overall album, even if it is eternally misunderstood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By indigocrush on May 26 2000
Format: Audio CD
Quirky, strange, excellent for fingerpainting on a rainy day. "The Top" is like a practice run for "Head on the Door"---brillance shines through, but it would take a couple of years before full-blown genius took shape (and "Head.." remains one of my favorite all time albums ever, since that first listen in the fall of '85). "Top" is essential for anyone who wants to understand the evolution of a seminal band--those with short attention spans need not apply.
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I am a big fan of The Cure and have followed them since the late '70s. At the time of this album's release, there was much turmoil around the Cure. This album is largely a solo effort. Many of the band members were feuding with Robert Smith and he did quite a bit of the recording himself. Smith was off on a bender, with too much booze, mental agitation, and who knows what else, tying him in a knot. As such, this is not your typical Cure album - it captures a wandering leader and a band in an indeterminate state. The music is all over the map, from the rattling angst of Shake Dog Shake to the mild pop of The Caterpillar. The album finishes off with Smith's plea, "please come back... all of you" which was interpreted at the time to be quite likley his despair over the band disintegrating around him. If you are a fan who prefers the poppier, lighter later work of The Cure, this may not be the album for you. It is not dark, in the goth-ish sense of Pornography, but it is dark in the sense that it feels like you are listening to someone who's gone over the line. If you want a raw view into Smith's psyche at the time, this is am idiosynchratic and rewarding album.
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Format: Audio CD
Released chronologically during the transition from the overwhelming darkness of �Pornography� that preceded it and the breakthrough catchy alt pop of �Head on the Door� that followed, �The Top� was bound to be a freaky album. If that�s what you wanted it doesn�t disappoint. Other than �The Caterpillar�, which ends the album, there are no clear singles.
The leadoff �Shake Dog Shake� may be the best song but doesn�t fit into pop mold I�ve ever heard. �Piggy in the Mirror� is a portrait of self-loathing that seems to fit Robert�s mindset well. �The Empty World� is as bleak as the title implies with it death dirge military drum beat. �Bananafishbones� is a strange homage to J.D. Salinger�s short story �A Perfect Day for Bananafish�; Smith often wrote music with literature in mind using Andre Gide (How Beautiful You Are), Albert Camus (Killing An Arab) and others as source material. Many of the songs are good and creative. �Give Me It� stands out with its bursts of noise and horns and Robert wailing desperately like never before � �Icing Sugar� from �Kiss Me� seems like a reinterpretation of this song.
�The Top� may represent some of the group�s most original work but is often less accessible than even its darker predecessors. There�s some weird stuff here, but worthwhile for fans and maybe adventurous listeners who aren�t Cure fanatics.
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