The Cure – Disintegration


Artist: The Cure
Genere: Pop Goth
Title: Disintegration
Released: 1989
Label: Elektra
Format: CD
Musicians:Robert Smith-voice, guitar & keyboards, Simon Gallup-bass & keyboards, Boris Williams-drums, Porl Thompson-guitars, Roger O’Donnell-keyboards, Laurence Tolhurst-other instruments
Producer: Robert Smith & David M Allen
Engineer:Robert Smith & David M Allen

The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member. The Cure first began releasing music in the late 1970s with their debut album Three Imaginary Boys; this, along with several early singles, placed the band as part of the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the wake of the punk rock revolution in the United Kingdom. During the early 1980s, the band’s increasingly dark and tormented music was a staple of the emerging gothic rock genre.
After the release of 1982’s Pornography, the band’s future was uncertain and Smith was keen to move past the gloomy reputation his band had acquired. With the single “Let’s Go to Bed” released the same year, Smith began to place a pop sensibility into the band’s music and their popularity increased as the decade wore on, with songs like “Just Like Heaven”, “Lovesong” and “Friday I’m in Love”.

Disintegration is the eighth studio album by British alternative rock band The Cure, released on 2 May 1989 by Fiction Records. The record marks a return to the introspective and gloomy gothic rock style the band had established in the early 1980s. As he neared the age of thirty, vocalist and guitarist Robert Smith had felt an increased pressure to follow up on the group’s pop successes with a more enduring work. This, coupled with a distaste for the group’s newfound popularity, caused Smith to lapse back into the use of hallucinogenic drugs, the effects of which had a strong influence on the production of the album. The Cure recorded Disintegration at Hookend Recording Studios in Checkendon, Oxfordshire, with co-producer David M. Allen from late 1988 to early 1989. During production, founding member Lol Tolhurst was fired from the band.
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Disintegration is characterized by a significant usage of synthesizers and keyboards, slow, “droning” guitar progressions and Smith’s introspective vocals. Personally, I don’t think it was mixed or produced well. It seems bass heavy to me and one-dimensional.

Personally, this is not one of my favorite albums, but it has its moments and did have some hits. Some of those moments I speak of are:

Last Dance: I just like the ambiance on this track
Fascination Street: This is noted for its extended bass introduction. I also like the sonic wall sound with the flanged guitar.
Prayers For Rain: Much of the album made use of a considerable amount of guitar effects. “Prayers for Rain”, a depressing track, sees Thompson and Smith “treating their work to heavy duty flanging, delay, backwards-run tapes and more to set the slow, moody crawl of the track.”

SOUND: 5_Star_Rating_System_2_and_a_half_stars
MUSIC: 5_Star_Rating_System_3_stars

Fascination Street:

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