The Cure

Pictures of You

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Breaking the trend of releasing remixes that were simply straightforward extensions of the core tracks, here Smith fully turned over the reins to semi-regular studio assitant Bryan 'Chuck' New. The end result, which forecasts the Mixed Up collection appearing later that year, strips out the rhythm to create a semi-dancehall/dub beat, often with only Smith's vocal for accompaniment. It's an unexpected and unexpectedly successful result. Continuing what was done with the American Lullaby EP, meanwhile, four more tracks from the then-rare live album Entreat surfaced as B-sides, making for a nice bonus for Stateside fans while offering a slightly more upfront take on Disintegration-era material. The revelation comes with a fantastic, harrowing performance of "Prayers For Rain," culminating in a wracked wail from Smith at the song's climax. The galloping collapse of "Disintegration" is also quite strong, with a nicely portentous Gallup intro and a commanding, dramatic ending, while the performances of "Last Dance" and "Fascination Street" are fine enough takes.

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