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Japanese Whispers Best of

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 5 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Universal/Fiction
  • ASIN: B000005S0B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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1. Let's Go To Bed
2. The Dream
3. Just One Kiss
4. The Upstairs Room
5. The Walk
6. Speak My Language
7. Lament
8. The Lovecats

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1983 singles collection featuring the seven-inch versions of three singles, 'Let's Go To Bed', 'The Walk', 'The Love Cats', and five of the B-sides from those singles, 'The Dream', 'Just One Kiss' (7-inch version), 'The Upstairs Room', 'Speak My Language', & 'Lament'. Fiction Records. * Please note this will not be re-issued in the Cure Remastered/Expanded Campaign!


Compilation de singles sortie immédiatement après Pornography, en 1982-1983, Japanese Whispers présente un tout autre aspect de Cure, alors réduit au duo Robert Smith/Lol Tolhurst. Aux ambiances lourdes et sombres succèdent de vraies chansons pop, comme "Let's Go To Bed" et le sautillant et jazzy "Love Cats", ou des morceaux de new wave synthétique et dansante pas très loin de New Order, à l'instar de "The Walk" et "The Upstairs Room". Sans aller jusqu'à sonner résolument guilleret, Robert Smith, au moins, ne semble plus porter le poids de toutes les angoisses de la terre sur ses épaules, sans que sa musique en souffre. Un peu de légèreté, de temps en temps, n'a jamais fait de mal à personne. --Thierry Chatain

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Format: Audio CD
Some of the harsh criticism here from the darkling seeds is unwarranted and shows their lack of range, while this release showed the band increasing their musical boundaries. True that it is more pop I suppose, but it was hardly mainstream at the time. "The Walk" is the closest they ever came to synth pop, but it still had a haunting tone and mysterious subject matter. So did "LaMent", the tale of a dead young girl whose body is seen drifting under a bridge; the corpse is poetically described as the "ice cream river body" probably describing the diffuse, blurry way the submerged body would look - this song feels a bit like "Charlotte Sometimes without the bass. Also dark and mysterious is the nervous, paranoid "The Upstairs Room". Hold on, I'm getting a theme here. This album may have been bouncy and had some beat but it was still quite morose and way left of center. In fact, most Cure fans I know loved this collection of 3 singles. For sure, it wasn't there best, more of a short, sweet anomaly... but certainly not bad.
"Let's Go to Bed" was maybe their 1st U.S. hit before "Head on the Door". It's fun and takes a playful approach to sex; it was a refreshing shift from their previous stuff. "Lovecats" is one of the most refreshing hit records ever written with its charming standup bass usage, boppy rhythm and Robert actually doing a bebop scat thing of some sort... a classic by any standard.
Stated shortly, this was a very strong release that just happened to be a departure from previous releases. And here's a note to Rozzy and others who are probably a bunch of 13-year-old Goths (nothing against 13-year-old Goths... I may have been one)... I was alive at the time this came out and actually to listening to it as it was released - not some modern collector looking back 20 years after the fact. This album was enjoyed by Cure fans at the time who loved the blackest moments from before but needed a change just to keep the music alive. Variety is the spice, ain't it?
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Up to this point in the Cure discography if you haven't thrust yourself from this mortal coil due to the bleak collection of albums before this one, congratulations here's your prize. Japanese Whispers is about the closest thing I've heard to The Cure tampering with Synth Pop techniques, and I have to say I'm saddened that they never really did an album like it again. Although this album consists of only eight songs clocking in at just over a half an hour, it's one of the best collections of songs used seamlessly to fit the eerie mood conveyed by this album, and you'll definitely appreciate this if you're into the more artsy, "out-there", and eccentric side of The Cure. I liken this album to The Cure's "Head on the Door" LP, as it's really a work apart from aetypical Cure albums. Albums like "Japanese Whispers" and "Head on the Door" are examples of one thing that drives me crazy about The Cure, how they go on musical tangents on certain albums, making something incredibly unique, but then you realize it was a phase and chances are you'll end up getting a slew of "Wild Mood Swings" before getting anything else worth a damn. I'm starting to rant about WMS again...Where was I? Japanese Whispers is one of the best Cure albums on the market, and I highly recommend getting it and "Head on the Door" to hear two very different directions that The Cure went in around a small period of time.
Key Songs: Let's Go To Bed, Lament, The LoveCats
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As my title states, this is not your conventional gloomy Cure material, but a sunnier, more playful side of Robert and Co. Everyone has likely heard the 3 singles from this CD (Let's Go To Bed, The Walk, and The Lovecats), all of which are fairly representative of the overall sound of this little album. Those aforementioned singles are incredibly catchy, and The Walk may very well be considered The Cure's foray into disco (you could practically sing Donna Summer's Hot Stuff over it if you so desired). The remainder of the CD mainly continues in this upbeat style.
The Dream is full of crazy synths and almost reminds me of early Depeche Mode. Just One Kiss is more like your standard darker Cure material, but has a fast enough beat that you don't get completely bummed-out. The Upstairs Room is another disco-esque number. Speak My Language is very similar to The Lovecats with upright bass and piano, but with a slower tempo. La Ment is less upbeat like Just One Kiss but again, still has a nice beat. Both Just One Kiss and La Ment were recorded around the time of Pornography, so that accounts for their more melancholic sound.
Everything else on the CD is an obvious precursor to the experimental and mostly Robert-helmed follow up effort, The Top, which while not being widely embraced by critics, is a hidden treasure and The Cure's best kept secret. I don't recommend this CD to casual or beginning Cure fans, they would be wise to purchase Staring At The Sea instead. But for hardcore, seasoned fans and completists alike, this is a nice addition to a collection.
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Japanese Whispers was released by the band at the end of 1983 as a collection of its recent singles rather than as a fully developed studio album. Yet the sounds emanating from this disc have much more in common with the next three Cure releases, The Top, Head on the Door, and Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me than any of the earlier records do. For whatever reason, this album and its immediate predecessor, The Top, were never published in America, as Elektra probably decided that the albums would never sell here. The album's final song, "Love Cats," is probably the most perfect pop song the Cure ever made until 1987's "Just Like Heaven." "Let's Go to Bed" and "The Walk" were also very successful singles for the band, though they sound distinctly like early 1980s techno pop. Fortunately for non die hard fans, these three singles are all available on the album, "Staring at the Sea." For those willing to venture a bit further, though, the rest of this album is very tight, and Japanese Whispers belongs in any Cure fan's collection. All of the songs are heavily synthesized. "Lament" has that eerie sadness that would have allowed it to fit seamlessly on the "Faith" record; "The Dream" is a rather catchy B-side, and the almost irritating "Speak My Language" is my favorite Cure song on the record--it's like having "Love Cats" with alternative lyrics. "The little time I spend with you, we drink each other dry." A must for serious Cure fans.
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