The Cure

Disintegration

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Expanding the latent arena rock sensibilities that peppered Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me by slowing them down and stretching them to the breaking point, the Cure reached the peak of their popularity with the crawling, darkly seductive Disintegration. It's a hypnotic, mesmerizing record, comprised almost entirely of epics like the soaring, icy "Pictures of You." The handful of pop songs, like the concise and utterly charming "Love Song," don't alleviate the doom-laden atmosphere. The Cure's gloomy soundscapes have rarely sounded so alluring, however, and the songs -- from the pulsating, ominous "Fascination Street" to the eerie, string-laced "Lullaby" -- have rarely been so well-constructed and memorable. It's fitting that Disintegration was their commercial breakthrough, since, in many ways, the album is the culmination of all the musical directions the Cure were pursuing over the course of the '80s.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Cure 05:17 SpotifyAmazon
2 The Cure 07:28 SpotifyAmazon
3 The Cure 04:19 SpotifyAmazon
4 The Cure 03:29 SpotifyAmazon
5 The Cure 04:45 SpotifyAmazon
6 The Cure 04:09 SpotifyAmazon
7 The Cure 05:16 SpotifyAmazon
8 The Cure 06:08 SpotifyAmazon
9 The Cure 09:22 SpotifyAmazon
10 The Cure 08:21 SpotifyAmazon
11 The Cure 07:08 SpotifyAmazon
12 The Cure 06:30 SpotifyAmazon
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