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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Disintegration is also the greatest work in The Cure's long and distinguished career. The album is a masterpiece of melancholy lyrics and music woven seamlessly into a sonic journey into darkness and forlorn hope.
"Plainsong" is the first track on the album, and is a promise of what's to come. Incredible synthetic sounds mix with a haunting guitar riff and ethereal vocals to make an unforgettable opening track.
"Pictures of You" has to be one of the greatest songs written by any band, let alone The Cure. The track is a seamless integration of the traditional Cure sonic "loop", where each instrument begins separately leading to a unified trademark sound. Smith's lyrics top the track, and lead us into welcome territory.
"Closedown" continues the melancholy theme of the album, and serves as a nice to segue into "Love Song", a track that is a throwback to "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me", and breaks the dark structure of the album, albeit briefly, with it's upbeat sound and lyrics. A good track that does at times seem very out of place when compared to the much more darker theme of the album as a whole. A great track nonetheless that provides a refreshing change in tempo.
"Last Dance" is a dark track that evokes the last goodbye, and the accompanying feelings of pain and desperation that come with it.
"Lullaby" combines that trademark Cure quirkiness with an interesting musical arrangement and quite dark & gothic lyrics. There is a definite feeling of morose humor popping up in this track, and does not have the same forlorn feeling of the majority of the album.Read more ›
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Great re-issue from the Cure classic Disintegration. You get the full album remastered and bonus track + the Complete Album Live in Wembley, get it if you are a fan !Published 8 months ago by SydBarrett
INCREDIBLE LP!!! The sound is amazing and if you love The Cure like I do this is a dream record.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this album, so I was happy to find that they sound quality of this vinyl is excellent! And the packaging is nice too. Very happy that I bought this one. :)Published on Feb. 17 2014 by A. Jones
Disintegration in Lp format is one of the best way to listen to this album. The sound is so naturel.Published on Sept. 15 2013 by Zermy
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