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|1. Shake Dog Shake|
|2. Bird Mad Girl|
|3. Wailing Wall|
|4. Give Me It|
|5. Dressing Up|
|6. The Caterpillar|
|7. Piggy In The Mirror|
|8. The Empty World|
|10. The Top|
1984 album that is unavailable domestically. 10 tracks, including 'The Caterpillar', 'Bird Mad Girl', 'Shake Dog Shake', 'Dressing Up' & 'Give Me It'. Fiction / Universal.
Largement amorcés avec les singles compilés sur Japanese Whispers, la guérison du Cure dépressif et le renouvellement de sa musique dans des ambiances nettement moins pesantes prend effet sur album avec The Top en 1984. Ce qui en fait un de leurs disques les plus controversés des années 80. Les uns le voient comme un chef-d'oeuvre de neo-psychédélisme, les autres se sentent trahis et déplorent son côté outrageusement baroque à l'image d'une pochette nauséeuse. Il est vrai que sans complètement tourner le dos à la noirceur, Robert Smith grave dans ses sillons des sonorités latines, orientales, des parties de saxo (le terrifiant "Give Me It"), de flûtes, de pianos, de tambours… Bref, il se fait plaisir. Au-delà de ce débat, si certaines compositions sont sans doute plus faibles que d'habitude, d'autres tirent parfaitement leur épingle du jeu : le rageur "Shake Dog Shake" constituera pendant longtemps une parfaite ouverture pour les concerts du groupe, "The Wailing Wall" rappelle les grandes heures de Pornography en un peu plus folklorique, "Piggy In The Mirror" fait son nid dans vos oreilles et le single "The Caterpillar" montre les premiers signes d'un succès de masse dont l'album The Head On The Door se fera plus solidement l'écho. --Fabrice Courdan
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Smith plays most of the instruments on THE TOP while the talented but soon to be booted Andy Anderson plays the drums. Porl Thompson and Lol Tolhurst do contribute, but this is the closest thing to a solo album Smith has released, although I do have a bootleg solo album that Smith did by himself. With the JAPANESE WHISPERS singles, Robert Smith realized he could do any kind of music, and with the hallucinogenic TOP takes that notion to an extreme where he really lets it all hang out.
"Shake Dog Shake" - a creepy, nightmarish vision with churning psychedelic guitar, death knell pacing and a grim smile. "Make up in the new blood/ And follow me to where the real fun is" *****
"Birdmad Girl" - beautiful song, lighthearted yet tinged with melancholy. Exudes an exuberant lust for life. Great piano, great guitars (both acoustic and electric). "She sends me everything/ She sends me everywhere" (love the way "me" switches from indirect object to direct object). *****
"Wailing Wall" - a fantastically gloomy Middle Eastern atmosphere pervades as Smiths electric guitar hovers in waves through the background. *****
"Give Me It" - full-throttle chaos and desperation, a harrowing vision to be sure. "Give me it, give me it give me it!/ Deaden my glassy mind!/ Give me it, give me it/ Make me blind!" ****
"Dressing Up" - a dreamy, soothing respite from the madness. Sotthing woodwind keyboards, very intimate.Read more ›
The leadoff ï¿½Shake Dog Shakeï¿½ may be the best song but doesnï¿½t fit into pop mold Iï¿½ve ever heard. ï¿½Piggy in the Mirrorï¿½ is a portrait of self-loathing that seems to fit Robertï¿½s mindset well. ï¿½The Empty Worldï¿½ is as bleak as the title implies with it death dirge military drum beat. ï¿½Bananafishbonesï¿½ is a strange homage to J.D. Salingerï¿½s short story ï¿½A Perfect Day for Bananafishï¿½; Smith often wrote music with literature in mind using Andre Gide (How Beautiful You Are), Albert Camus (Killing An Arab) and others as source material. Many of the songs are good and creative. ï¿½Give Me Itï¿½ stands out with its bursts of noise and horns and Robert wailing desperately like never before ï¿½ ï¿½Icing Sugarï¿½ from ï¿½Kiss Meï¿½ seems like a reinterpretation of this song.
ï¿½The Topï¿½ may represent some of the groupï¿½s most original work but is often less accessible than even its darker predecessors. Thereï¿½s some weird stuff here, but worthwhile for fans and maybe adventurous listeners who arenï¿½t Cure fanatics.
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Good album. Great collection of rarities. Just in time for The Cure concert last week.Published 1 month ago by Dave Dutton
This is the cure's gretest acheivement. I just bought it for 1 buck at the ol' thrift store and (let me tell you) piggy in the mirror is a perfect example of when music and lyrics... Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by JEREMIAH P. COOL
What is wrong with rozzy 1334 and Max from Toronto? The Top is a true masterpiece. Even if Piggy in the Mirror was the only song on it, it would still be a masterpiece album. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003 by Joshua Albin
Rozzy 1334 must be on crack.This album and Japanese Whispers are quite possibly the two most crucial albums The Cure ever released. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2003 by Robert Burns
This album is really nothing like Robert snd The Cure have ever done...and after you hear this you will realize why they never did it again. Read morePublished on July 23 2003 by Disintegration
the first song by the cure i became aware of, was 'caterpillar'. i was a teenager and saw it on an australian video show when it was released. Read morePublished on June 23 2003 by damon
Don't be fooled by these insane cure fans, who give 5 stars to everything Robert Smith has ever done. Read morePublished on May 27 2003 by max
this album is great when youve got a good pair of headphones and good bag of weed or acid even that said all the songs are great although i prefer the live version of dressing up... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2002