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Disintegration Blu-specCD

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  • Audio CD (May 16 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Blu-specCD
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000002H70
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 222 customer reviews
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1. Plainsong
2. Pictures Of You
3. Closedown
4. Love Song
5. Last Dance
6. Lullaby
7. Fascination Street
8. Prayers For Rain
9. The Same Deep Water As You
10. Disintegration
11. Homesick
12. Untitled

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UK double 180gm vinyl LP pressing in gatefold sleeve. Digitally remastered edition of The Cure's seminal eighth album. Originally released in 1989, Disintegration has come of age and has been remastered by Robert Smith to coincide with it's 21st anniversary. Features the hits 'Pictures Of You', 'Lovesong', 'Fascination Street' and 'Lullaby'. Universal.


Disintegration is a pop album realized on an epic scale. Most of its 12 songs are long mood pieces that develop slowly around the listener. Anchored by complex drum patterns, the layered guitars, soaring bass lines, and rich keyboards blend to create a lush, evocative soundscape that captures the ear immediately; and for all its length, the album is never boring. The lyrical focus is intensely personal throughout, and, with the exception of "Love Song," the mood is overwhelmingly dark and brooding. Here are songs of remembrance that, through their deep candor, transcend the individual level to explore universal longings and fears. Robert Smith, his vocals plaintive or angry or despairing, unfolds a tapestry of loss. Broken bonds, old lies, missed opportunities, belated realizations. Anyone who has experienced the joy and sorrow--especially the sorrow--of love will find his or her deepest sentiments, noble and petty alike, echoed poetically here. --Al Massa

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Format: Audio CD
A miracle of an album. Robert and the boys manage to encompass the whole spectrum of The Cure's eclectic sound on one recording, and the whole thing flows with beauty, precision and grace.
Any of you kids out there jumping on the Hot Topic goth bandwagon should do yourself a favour and pick this up. Screw all those bands like My Chemical Romance, Good Charlotte et al. This is goth pop-rock in its true form. And unlike the afformentioned bands, this will be an album that people are actually listening to 25 years from now.
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The Cure are not my favourite band, though they surely are up there, but this is hands-down my favourite album of all time. Why? As a young adult in the post-CD age of downloading tracks, this opus struck me over the head and left me wading in melancholy, ecstasy, humility, delight. I heard this album for the first time leaving my apartment in Montreal to go to a cafe and study, grabbed the first CD of my roommate's sitting on the counter. I remember that day so clearly: I was totally hungover and foggy-headed, and it was one of those magical late-March gloomy, rainy, drizzly Montreal Saturday afternoons on rue Laurier. From about a minute into 'Plainsong' I was rapt: "Sometimes you make me feel like I'm living at the edge of the world/Like I'm living at the edge of the world.' I spent the rest of the day stumbling around the city in my Converse sneakers finding some hazy lucidity in my stupour, incredulous to discover that Plainsong merely introduced an hour of equally jarring material.
Robert Smith has said he made _Disintegration_ to express his sense of growing, well, disintegration- losing the purity of adolesence and sense of stable self which all of us can relate to. But ironically, listening to this album is the perfect Cure to such existential woes. All of a sudden, all of your breakups, gloomy depression, and unfulfilled desires are like stars in Smith's shattering-glass, reverberating, lugubrious dreamworld where people fall to their knees in prayer for rain, fall in love in deep murky waters, and dance with spidermen on candy-stripe legs. Luscious and life-changing.
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Life has a rational surface, below which is the infinite gloop. The Cure have made pop songs that are fun as can be (and others that irritate as much as any radio-friendly hit), but Robert Smith was in direct talks with the gloop for a time. The result was 1989's Disintegration.

Previous attempts at a masterpiece were merely attempts. Subsequent albums, so far at least, have been mostly studied. He's some artistic distance from Disintegration, but perhaps it's a lengthy ebb-and-flow thing rather than a more simple decline. Perhaps one day he'll turn up with a work of equal stature. All I know is, since that album his music is more likely to involve teenage-targeted angst and affected cat yelps. Attempts to be honest in his lyrics are likely to reveal a spoilt perfomer, where the words of Disintegration help reveal the submerged gloop.

An expanded reissue can cloud an album's virtues, and the 20 rough songs do little more than prove that Smith had much of the detail worked out at demo stage. Fewer of those, with the remixed singles from Mixed Up instead, would've better complemented the original 12 songs. The live rendition of the album has a beautiful open sound, though. It may cause drowsiness if you listen to it immediately after a full dose of the master version, otherwise it's more than lively enough. (You can find another, inferior, live take on the album on the Disintegration website, along with another 20 rough songs!) The remaster of the core songs brings benefits, too. It adds clarity, particularly to the depths of "Prayers For Rain", while managing to preserve the original mood. The "deluxe edition" is primarily, though, a reminder that Disintegration is Robert Smith's definitive statement.
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As novelists and poets may know, if your aim is to write something that will cause tears well up in the eyes of readers, you must be crying as you write every word. The emotional power and pain in this album may very well cause a tightening in the back of an attentive listener's throat. Easily respected as a great album in the popular musical canon, this album is, quite easily, my favourite album released by a popular musical artist.
The album opens within a windswept tunnel of heartache and love, with, "Plainsong" musing about the morbid beauty in a girl whose candle of life has been blown out, and who embraces with love and smiles at the thought of her death and emotional drowning. This beggining track segues into the single, "Pictures of You," of equally depressing substance, as we are reminded memories are the only permanence with the passing of time. "Closedown" is a poignant track in which Robert Smith wails in painful desire to feel love that isn't frought with human vice. "Lovesong" needs no formal introduction, being one of the most successful Cure singles worldwide. I attribute the success of this eerily touching, and appropriately named track, to its simplicity. It is Robert Smith's way of simply and directly saying, "I love you". "Last Dance" is a track about the waning enchantment in life as it progresses and we grow older. "Lullaby" is a haunting proto-Gothic classic, singing of the infamous "candy-striped leg" spiderman coming and eating dear Robert, who feels like a fly caught in a sticky web of gloom. "Fascination Street" offers a second-to-none baseline, and some of the catchiest guitar music on the album. "Prayers for Rain" is a song of the bleakest perfection one can achieve, Robert buries you alive in a catacomb of doom and gloom with this track.
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