Hello? Does anyone still actually read this? Well, if you do, thank you.
I know I haven’t posted in a while, but meh (it’s not like I’m getting paid for every post I make).
Anyway, since I last posted last year, I have become a big(ger) fan of The Cure. I have come to be a fan of theirs much in the same way I became a fan of The Church; I have always been aware of their work, their sound and their influence, but not owned much of their material. Then, one day, it just clicked, “Wow. This is a great band! Why have I only got two of their albums?” (the key difference is that there is no emotional story attached, it really did just click) Needless to say, I now own most (but sadly not all) of their stuff. Yet in saying that, I am in possession of, or have heard enough of their material to be able to write about them and be satisfied within myself.
What I am going to write about is what I consider to be their best album. I not going to do it in a ‘Top 5’ style for reasons you shall soon see.
Before Christmas, if you had asked me the best Cure album, I would have said, without any hesitation what so ever, “Bloodflowers” from 2000. The first time I heard it, I knew I wouldn’t be able to live without it anymore – I was captivated. Some of the song titles drew me in on their own, such as ‘Where The Birds Always Sing‘, ‘There Is No If…‘, (yes, that is me), ‘Out Of This World‘ and ‘The Last Day Of Summer‘. Overall, the vibe of the album is somber and reflective, mellow and relaxing (which is right up my ally. And given that they had been around (despite many line up changes, Robert Smith being the only member on every album) for over 20 years, it’s kind of appropriate to reflect. Because of who I am, this would have been my vote for all money.
But then, I have been quoted as saying that my favourite song of their’s is ‘10:15 Saturday Night’ (The parent album being either ‘Three Imaginary Boys‘ or ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, of which I am the lucky owner of both. The prior being a Japanese edition). These albums aren’t like ‘Bloodflowers’, they are pop Cure at their very best. ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is a fantastic album in my opinion, but that may be down to the very addictive bass lines. It doesn’t fit my usual criteria of what is needed to be a great album, as all the songs are very (very) short (less than 35 minute all up). But it is a good album for the opposite reasons to ‘Bloodflowers’, but is it their best? Hmm.
That was my mentality before Christmas and new year though; since then two more contenders have entered the fray. I will start with the one that I don’t think is quite as good, but still pushing it weight around; ‘Disintegration’. Darker and denser then both ‘Bloodflowers’ and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, it still produced such hits as ‘Lullaby‘ and ‘Lovesong‘. It is an epic listen with 12 songs and clocking in at 73.5 minutes. Some songs are angry, some are sad, some just need to be heard to be believed. To sum the album up succinctly – the title says it all.
However, the big mover and shaker in the discography is 1982’s ‘Pornography‘. It is an album that has garnered critical acclaim around the world. At first I was non-phased by it; it didn’t do anything for me. But that changed one night. I can’t quite put my finger one what it is, but I have a feeling that it my have been that this was the first time I gave it a proper listen since I’ve been playing bass. So in one respect this should be my favourite album as it has big, driving bass and a darker, non commercial sound. That and the title is evocative. If you play it for background noise and don’t really listen to it, it wouldn’t be a good album as all the songs do seem to be very similar (due to the aforementioned bass and drum), but when given a chance, the lyrics do come out a bit. But something is missing…..
And that brings me back to square one; what is the best Cure album? I think ultimately it all comes down to what you’re in the mood for at the time. And that is what makes them a great band, because they can do something for any mood you might find yourself in.