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Staring At The Sea - The Singles

3.8 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 7 1986)
  • Original Release Date: 1986
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000002H3O
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,642 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Out of print in the U.S. Import pressing of this collection, the first and still most popular Cure compilation on the market. Staring At The Sea contains 17 absolute gems spanning their first eight years (1978-85) ranging from the dark, minimalist "Killing An Arab" to the almost symphonic "A Night Like This". This set traces the Cure's evolution from Post-Punk trio through the early years of the band's reinvention as gloomy and mildly psychedelic romantics. Staring At The Sea (AKA Standing On A Beach) includes the catchy "Boys Don't Cry" and "The Walk", the Cure's response to New Order's early attempts at electronic dance music. Also present here are the hauntingly beautiful "Charlotte Sometimes", not available on any of the band's studio albums, and "The Lovecats", one of the Cure's more unique and most commercially successful singles. This excellent compilation effectively summarizes the growth of one of new wave's most formidable forces. It also serves as an ideal introduction to the Cure.

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Big and moody, Staring at the Sea compiles some hits and near misses of these excavators of the dark soul. Beginning with their earliest hits--the sparse "Killing an Arab," the aptly tedious "10:15 Saturday Night," and the charming "Boys Don't Cry"--this collection stops before the comparative giddiness of Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.

Musicians first, brooding art types second, The Cure's unique instrumentation doesn't get the credit it rightfully deserves. The thrashy, trash-can break in "Jumping Someone Else's Train," the sprightly synthesized recorder of "Close to Me," and the techno-pop disco lines in "Let's Go to Bed" and "The Walk" are downright brilliant in their effectiveness and simplicity. A string of money shots if ever there was one. --Steve Gdula


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