Misleading title aside, this particular Disintegration is a reasonable enough effort capturing the band's early 1991 show (featured in part on the Play Out video), set up as part of a series of concerts by the British music industry as some sort of celebration for itself. Whatever the exact rationale for the show, the Cure turn in a strong enough effort -- as fans will always note, there are Cure sets and then there are Cure sets done for festival performances, and this one is the latter. As a result, the focus is on the hits and recent material, providing a compact overview of the Cure's career without any sudden, surprising revelations. If anything, it shows the skill of the late eighties/early nineties era of the group at covering so many different facets of the group's efforts, from the breezy "Let's Go to Bed" to the harrowing "A Forest." The latter here is given its usual lengthy, dramatic live airing; while not as long or as gripping as other live versions floating around, it's still a good performance that reasonably compares to the version on the 1984 Concert album. The band really comes to life towards the end, turning in a sharp version of then-recent single "Never Enough" and a fantastic take of "Disintegration" that concludes the encore which equals the version recorded on Entreat. As an extra bonus, a runthrough of the group's cover of "Hello I Love You" taken from a TV show the following day wraps up the entire disc. Sound throughout is excellent, perhaps a touch heavy on the bass but otherwise very well mixed. The overall design is quite nice -- no label information of any kind appears, but the lettering style and coloring nearly matches that of official releases, while the photos accurately capture the then-new line-up including Perry Bamonte on keyboards.
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AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett