The Cure

Love Song

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Disintegration's biggest pop hit, "Love Song" itself, was written for Robert Smith's wife Mary as a wedding gift; while the low-key arrangement may not seem immediately suited for a number about romance, its sweet little feel and Smith's quietly passionate delivery make it a thorough Cure winner. The band's own remix of the track follows the usual modus operandi, essentially stretching out the track while keeping the same core arrangement -- it's nice but not terribly distinct. The two new tracks that appear are a touch more generic than the Fascination Street B-sides, but both have their strong points. "2 Late" is a poppy cut that fits in the general vein of tracks like "Catch" or "Just Like Heaven," with Smith singing softly over the energetic full-band performance. His lovely guitar work and Roger O'Donnell's keyboards help carry the track. "Fear of Ghosts," meanwhile, has something of a stripped-down "Fascination Street" feel to it, its slower, intentionally unvarying pace and arrangement broken up here and there by O'Donnell's synth and piano work. As a moody, downbeat, and darker Cure cut, it does its job, Smith's echoed whisper the final touch.

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