Staring at the Sea
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|10. The Hanging Garden|
|11. Let's Go To Bed|
|12. The Walk|
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|14. The Caterpillar|
|15. In Between Days|
|16. Close To Me|
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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.
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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There are just so many great songs on this album it is hard to describe mention them all; every track is truly a jewel, and, perhaps, most impressive is the range of emotion and subject matter that the Cure covers here, all with brilliance, wit and a graceful passion unmatched in most music that is being made today. In this collection, as with all of the Cure's material, Robert Smith's lyrics ring true and the accompanying music never fails to intensify the the mood that they evoke. The Cure are without a doubt one of the best bands to come out of the 70's and 80's and this album illustrates why. Go on go on your choice is made...
As dark and morose as The Cure's image had always been, their albums up to "The Head On The Door" frequently found them making dazzlingly brilliant singles. Hard to believe it, but Robert Smith was just as pop song smart as any New Romantic period hit maker, and in songs like "The Walk" or "Love Cats" he showed the kind of playfulness that many of his fans didn't always "get." Nonetheless, early efforts like "Killing An Arab" or "Hanging Garden" reinforced that dark depressive atmosphere that early Cure fans embraced so completely. Smith himself never had any problem with playing against preconceived notions of what a Cure song should be; I doubt a jazzy Robert ("Let's Go To Bed") was in any goth fan's must hear list.
I also found it ironic that the "Staring at the Sea" image of an old man was mirrored by the baby with the ice cream on "Galore." If you wanted to read more into it, you'd almost suspect Robert Smith was gently trying to remind listeners that he didn't mind playing to his more childlike nature when making music. While there has yet to be a comprehensive single disc collection of the Cure's best, a purchase of "Galore" and "Standing" will at least put all the singles at your fingertips.
But for the rest of us who actually appreciate melodies as long as they aren't too commercialized, STARING AT THE SEA is an amazingly good record, and probably the best single Cure album you can buy, especially if you haven't heard much from them before ("Friday I'm in Love," although it's good, doesn't really count).
This is absolutely not an album of light and mindless pop. Songs like "The Walk," "Let's Go to Bed," and even, god forbid, "The Love Cats" all utilize drum machines and synthesizers, but they still have that dark, introspective, wintry mood that marks them as distinctly Cure. And you can't call "Close to Me" a sellout, in fact I'm amazed it was a hit at all, with such a lo-fi production style and jazz instruments rather than guitars. "Boys Don't Cry," with its punky chords, is the most mainstream song on the compilation, but the lyrics are as mopey as anything Smith ever wrote. The only annoying silly pop tune on the CD is "The Caterpillar," but even that hardly sounds like typical top 40 material.
Everything else fits perfectly into Robert Smith's beautifully bleak landscape of romantic/Romantic yearning. Listen to classics like "A Forest" and "A Night Like This." You can just imagine the wide snowy expanses, the moonless nights and depressing city lights, people just looking for someone, anyone to share their pain. This music is as evocative and cinematic as any ever made.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
The one reason to buy this is to have "Charlotte Sometimes" on cd. I myself own everything the cure has released but I had to buy this for that song. Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Gerry Hathaway
A great start for new fans. Definitly one of the best compilations ever. There's no weak track here. Here are my favorites. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Zakk White
To the November 25th review, be glad you got the cassette. It's the only way you're going to get 12 of their early b-sides, and any "Cure" fan will tell you, they are as... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by H3@+h
They sent me the tape instead - very poor service and i am really mad that they had the nerve to charge me anyway...what do i do????Published on Nov. 25 2003
This album is kind of pointless, I mean even if you are new to The Cure this really isn't that great of an introduction because songs like 'Killing an Arab' and 'Walk' are just... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003 by Disintegration
I'm not a huge fan of The Cure. I just picked this cd up on a whim after reading a couple of reviews about them. Read morePublished on June 16 2003 by Blackberries
I 100% AGREE ON THE B-SIDES BEING SO NECESARY, BECAUSE THEY ARE SO EXPERIMENTAL, DARK & WEIRD SOMETIMES, ALL OF THE REVIEWERS THAT SAY THIS SONGS ARE EVEN BETTER THAN THE... Read morePublished on April 3 2003 by Jose L. Bazo Barba
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