12 Songs, 1 Hour 12 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

1989’s Disintegration represents everything Robert Smith and his bandmates ever envisioned. Smith’s pop hooks and emotional outbursts are accompanied by deep electric-guitar washes and synths that are equal parts doomy and romantic. Though he was capable of writing succinct pop songs (“Lovesong”), Smith preferred to stretch out his explorations on love and obsession, particularly on the gorgeous “Pictures of You” and “The Same Deep Water as You.” His heartfelt longing overwhelms the lulling, hypnotic grooves for a career highlight.

EDITORS’ NOTES

1989’s Disintegration represents everything Robert Smith and his bandmates ever envisioned. Smith’s pop hooks and emotional outbursts are accompanied by deep electric-guitar washes and synths that are equal parts doomy and romantic. Though he was capable of writing succinct pop songs (“Lovesong”), Smith preferred to stretch out his explorations on love and obsession, particularly on the gorgeous “Pictures of You” and “The Same Deep Water as You.” His heartfelt longing overwhelms the lulling, hypnotic grooves for a career highlight.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
291 Ratings

291 Ratings

Black Waves ,

The Cure's most romantic album

I am shocked that only two reviews exist at the time of my writing this. Disintegration is one of the best albums put out by The Cure, and one of my favorite releases by any band. Simple yet effective drums, subtle bass, and the rare guitar chords are all woven together with one of the most densely-layers and flowing synthesizer-heavy compositions I have ever experienced... Of course, Robert Smith's vocals croon and wail appropriately, and the resulting potion is one of love, loss, redemption, and pure romance. I would recommend notable tracks, but in all honesty this entire album can be played through without skipping to acquire the full aesthetic.

For those of you pondering purchasing the "Deluxe Edition" recently released - don't. The "remastering" has simply melted all sounds into one, and the thick forest of discrete noise that makes this album a treasure has been lost to modern technology.

This album is great for rainy days, as a previous reviewer stated, AMAZING through headphones, and a must-own for anyone who has ever been in love.

Craignyce ,

Masterpiece

This album is a cutting edge masterpiece and must own for music lovers from all genres

ReedandDylan ,

Finally sounds amazing

I have had the original CD on my ipod for some time and it sounds aweful. It's like Robert Smith was singing with socks in his mouth or something. This remaster really cleans up this classic and gets it on it's feet again. When I first met my wife she introduced me to The Cure through this album. At the time I loved Metallica, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, so this album, which at that time had been out for about 18 months, was a real breath of fresh air. I always associate this album with our first few months together. In a couple of weeks we will be celebrating our 19th anniversary. It still brings me back to our early days, just much clearer now!

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