Anchored by complex drum patterns, the layered guitars, soaring bass lines, and rich keyboards blend to create a lush, evocative soundscape that captures the ear immediately; and for all its length, the album is never boring. When the band entered Hook End Manor Studios, their attitude had turned sour towards Tolhurst's escalating alcohol abuse, although Smith insisted that his displeasure was caused by a meltdown in the face of recording the band’s career-defining album and reaching 30. probably not. Disintegration was Smith's thematic return to a dark and gloomy aesthetic that The Cure had explored in the early 1980s. The record edge has a blob of extra vinyl that was not trimmed in the manufacturing process. Thinking about returning it. Having owned both the original vinyl as well as the digital version, I’m actually ok with the remix. It received double-platinum status in the US, making this the band's best-selling album to date. "[16] "Pictures of You", while upbeat, contained poignant lyrics ("Screamed at the make-believe/Screamed at the sky/You finally found all your courage to let it all go") with a "two-chord cascade of synthesizer slabs, interweaving guitar and bass lines, passionate singing and romantic lyrics. I first heard it when I worked at The Wherehouse Record store back in 1989, my old manager was into all the alternative, shoegaze music back then, like The Sugarcubes (their Life's Too Good CD), Sinead O'Connor (her Lion & the Cobra CD) and anything by the Cure, she played this every time she worked and I got used to it. I could even picture my tattered cassette copy of Concert: The Cure Live, and all the “anomalies” that filled up the flipside. The band performed numerous high-profile concerts, including shows in front of more than 40,000 fans over two nights in Paris and their first performances in Eastern Europe. Stick to the CD or maybe take a chance with a UK pressing. The Cure. Ever since then I realised that record companies don't have a fucking clue what The Cure does and what The Cure means. The band were extremely displeased with the massive turnout; according to Roger O'Donnell: "We had been at sea for five days. The entire ensemble sounds as though they're playing in a massive metal trash can. As he neared the age of 30, vocalist and guitarist Robert Smith had felt an increased pressure to follow up on the band's pop successes with a more enduring work. "[18][23] "Lullaby" is composed of what Apter calls "sharp stabs" of rhythmic guitar chords with Smith whispering the words. Disintegration (Live At Wembley 07/89) 11. "Plainsong" by The Cure with timed lyrics. [3] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic called it the "culmination of all the musical directions The Cure were pursuing over the course of the '80s". Regularly taking LSD to cope with his depression, Smith once again felt the band was being misunderstood and sought to return to its dark side with their next record.[10]. He's getting married, maybe that's his comeback. When Tolhurst arrived to the mixing of the album, and then became excessively drunk, a shouting match ensued and he left the building furious; three weeks later, Smith decided to terminate his tenure with the band prior to the band's upcoming tour. The premise for the song came to Smith after remembering lullabies his father would sing him when he could not sleep: "[My father] would always make them up. It is also slightly warped. Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2017. "[41] In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at number 15 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s". There is also a definite flaw in the surface as well...no matter how much I clean the disc and needle I’m still getting a position - specific static tic each rotation. "[30] Melody Maker reviewer Chris Roberts dismissed the claims that Disintegration was not a miserable record and, noting the tone of the album and its lack of melody ("You'll be lucky to find a tune on here. Roger O'Donnell's keyboards add both extra shade and melody, while Smith's singing is intentionally delivered in a combination of cutting clarity and low resignation, at times further distorted with extra vocal treatments. Disintegration is the eighth studio album by English alternative rock band The Cure, released on May 1, 1989. "[47] Cocaine use was prevalent, and only ended up distancing Smith from his fellow band members. Here are songs of remembrance that, through their deep candor, transcend the individual level to explore universal longings and fears. "[18], The Prayer Tour began in Europe shortly after the release of the album. These recordings were only found on www.thecuredisintegration.com, now closed. '"[18], Disintegration was released in May 1989 and peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart, the highest position the band had placed on the chart at that point. [29], In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, music critic Michael Azerrad gave the album three-and-a-half out of five stars and felt that, "while Disintegration doesn't break new ground for the band, it successfully refines what the Cure does best". Disintegration would go on to become The Cure’s finest work, created by a band at the peak of their powers. Please try again. [11] Of these 32 songs, 12 of the songs would make it onto the final album. It was a bit pretentious really, looking back, but I actually wanted an environment that was slightly unpleasant". “Disintegration” is a fan favorite. Disintegration It was the end of a golden period. WHICH WOULD you rather have in your capital city: a terrorist attack in the center or a weeklong riot on the outskirts? The family idea of the group really fell apart too after Disintegration. *sales figures based on certification alone^shipments figures based on certification alone, Tolhurst, Laurence (2016). Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020. [11] The band convened at Boris Williams' home and compared their individual demos that each member recorded, and they rated them '1 to 10',[12] then the group met later at a second session and recorded a total of 32 songs at Williams' house with a 16-track recorder by the end of the summer. While Tolhurst had contributed to the foundation of the song "Homesick" (according to O'Donnell),[13] his musical contributions to the album were marginal as his alcohol abuse rendered him more or less incapable of recording. During quiet passages you can hear a consistent static sound (whssssshh, whssssshh, whssssshh) due to the warping and noisy pressing. "Plainsong", the album's opener, "set the mood for Disintegration perfectly", according to biographer Jeff Apter, by "unravelling ever so slowly in a shower of synths and guitars, before Smith steps up to the mic, uttering snatches of lyrics ('I'm so cold') as if he were reading from something as sacred as the Dead Sea Scroll. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disintegration_%28The_Cure_album%29 Well, de-gustibus ...Picture of you is the defining moment and what a song. Three singles were released during 1982 and 1983 that were a significant divergence in style; essentially, pop hits. Smith and Gallup shared a fear of flight, and ultimately lamented the upcoming dates, wishing to reduce the number of concerts they booked. [37] The magazine's German counterpart placed Disintegration at number 184 on the same list. "[21], While the album mainly consists of sombre tracks, "Lovesong", "Pictures of You" and "Lullaby" were equally popular for their accessibility. The record marks a return to the gloomy gothic rock style and introspective lyrics the band had established in the early 1980s, and is one of three quintessential Cure albums performed in entirety on the band's double live album, Trilogy. If someone wants to make it sound more to their liking, there’s always an equalizer to provide the dimension you’d like. You can return the item for any reason in new and unused condition: no shipping charges. It's not trying to be clever. Disintegration. Presenting a non-live version of this epic song complete with onscreen lyrics. [26] The success of Disintegration was such that the March 1990 final single "Pictures of You" reached number 24 on the British charts, despite the fact that the album had been released a year earlier. The material he had written instantly took a dismal, depressing form, which he credited to "the fact that I was gonna be thirty". 'Disintegration' reached #3 in the UK and #12 in the US. Writer Mat Snow observed: "The Cure have studied well the art of the tragic bass line, the hesitant and melancholy guitar lick, the funereal keyboard coloration". Despite the international success the band was now enjoying, internal friction was increasing due to Tolhurst's increasing alcoholism at the time. Perhaps I got a bad egg, but this "audiophile" grade 180 gram pressing is perhaps the worst pressing I've ever come across. Sold by skyvo-direct-usa and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. [4], The band’s second album Seventeen Seconds (1980) established it as a prominent gothic rock band, which would be followed up by Faith (1981), and Pornography (1982). [44] Paste named the album at tenth in their list "The 50 Best New Wave Albums. [36] Rolling Stone placed the record at number 116 on its 2020 compilation of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". [18] Despite the dark mood present throughout Disintegration, "Lovesong" was an upbeat track that became a hit in the United States. It was never a serious atmosphere in the studio, and when you think about the album and how dark it is, I'm sure people think we were sitting around slitting our wrists with candles and chains hanging from the walls."[13]. [46], Following completion of Disintegration, Smith noted that The Cure had "despite my best efforts, actually become everything that I didn't want us to become: a stadium rock band. (Wonder whatever happened to that.) The band recorded the album at Hookend Recording Studios in Checkendon, Oxfordshire, with co-producer David M. Allen from late 1988 to early 1989. [38] The album was considered to be the best album of 1989 by Melody Maker,[39] 17th on Q magazine's "40 Best Albums of the 80s",[40] and 38th on Pitchfork's "Best Albums of the 80s". Well, de-gustibus ...Picture of you is the defining moment and what a song. and E A S T embossed on the B Side Record Label. It is easily one of the best albums ever made with incredible sound design and vocals from the band. [5] "The Love Cats" became the band's first single to infiltrate the top ten in the United Kingdom, peaking at number seven. Smith's depression prior to the recording of Disintegration gave way to the realization on his 29th birthday that he would turn 30 in one year. ), Free returns are available for the shipping address you chose. Disk surfaces like new. In 2000 it was voted number 94 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums. [42] In a 2001 article in Rolling Stone, readers selected Disintegration as number 9 in of "the 10 Best Albums of the Eighties". has been added to your Cart. "[35], Disintegration has been included in numerous "Best Of" lists. Vinyl is muddy and noisy. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2018. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Calling it Disintegration was kind of tempting fate, and fate retaliated. The album became the band's first commercial peak, charting at number three in the United Kingdom and at number 12 in the United States, and producing several hit singles including "Lovesong", which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Smith’s dark ruminations of lost love and despair would transform the band from cult status to mainstream adulation, with posters of them adorning the walls of … I could even picture my tattered cassette copy of Concert: The Cure Live, and all the “anomalies” that filled up the flipside. Well, de-gustibus ...Picture of you is the defining moment and what a song. Smith wrote "Lovesong" as a wedding present for Mary Poole. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1989 Smooth Vinyl release of Disintegration on Discogs. I've got Dan Fogelberg albums I bought from the cut-outs section in the 70's that are of comparable quality. No Description Available.Genre: Popular MusicMedia Format: Compact DiskRating: Release Date: 2-MAY-1989, Disintegration is a pop album realized on an epic scale. The Cure‘s 3CD expanded edition of Disintegration looks like it will be made available again early next year, according to an Amazon UK listing. There was always a horrible ending. People regard Disintegration as the The Cure's top. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. "[7] Following the return of guitarist Porl Thompson and bassist Simon Gallup and the addition of drummer Boris Williams in 1984, Smith and keyboardist Lol Tolhurst continued to integrate more pop-oriented themes with the release of the group's sixth studio album The Head on the Door (1985). Following the European leg, the band elected to travel to North America for their upcoming US leg by boat, instead of plane. I own the album on cassette and CD and this LP is the worst I’ve ever heard it sound. [35] The album placed at number 14 in Entertainment Weekly's "New Classics: The 100 Best Albums from 1983 to 2008. I gave it 2 stars for the quality packaging ...the vinyl is a a brutal sonic disappointment. [47], The band's show at Dodger Stadium attracted roughly 50,000 attendees, grossing over US$1.5 million. I've been a long time fan of The Cure for many years & Disintegration has always been one of my favourite album by them. O'Donnell, after two years with the group, left to pursue a solo career, and was replaced by the band's guitar technician Perry Bamonte. The Cure Disintegration In Men's T-Shirts, Cry Baby Cotton T-Shirts for Men, Cry Baby Solid T-Shirts for Men, Boys Tops, Shirts & T-Shirts for Boys, Boy Boys Tops, Shirts & T-Shirts for Boys, Pokémon Boys Tops, Shirts & T-Shirts for Boys, adidas Boys Tops, Shirts & T-Shirts for Boys, Hurley Boys Tops, Shirts & T-Shirts for Boys Broken bonds, old lies, missed opportunities, belated realizations. I love this CD. "[31] NME praised Disintegration for its tunes, "from the first track 'Plainsong', a swaying, slow narrative, paralysing the listener with sex-poison, to Disintegration's last 'Untitled' Smith's lyrical agony of indecision is remorseless". We've decided that we don't like playing stadiums that large." It's nearly surprising. While I love the music itself, the vinyl copy delivered to me is very noisy and obviously the production is lacking in quality control. If you love The Cure definitely check this one out, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 22, 2016. The track was written by Smith as a means to list his physical and artistic shortcomings. Reviewer Barbara Ellen noted the large range of emotions in Smith's lyrics, "from deep, loving pink to an ugly, violent maroon and almost back again". "[22] The lyrics were a notable shift in his ability to reveal affection. Fast Amazon shipping, delivery tracking number, no hassle return policy - your satisfaction is guaranteed! Smith himself delivers the lyric softly, with gentle passion. Originally released in 1989, Disintegration has come of age and has been remastered by Robert Smith to coincide with it's 21st anniversary. The record label and tour promoters strongly disagreed, and even proposed to add several new shows to the itinerary because of the success of Disintegration in the US. He concluded: "Disintegration is thus well-crafted [...], just don't tell me it's original". "[18] Furthermore, Smith claimed the album's title was the most appropriate one he could think of: "Most of the relationship with the band outside of the band fell apart. Unable to add item to List. In 1990 "Lullaby" won "Best Music Video of 1989" at the BRIT Awards. Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2017, Finally I got the remastered version. Please try again. "[20] Others, like the title track, are notable for "Smith's commanding lead guitar lines [that are] scaled to epic heights while at the same time buried in the mix, almost as if they're trying to burst from behind the upfront rhythm assault. They would be something like 'sleep now, pretty baby or you won't wake up at all. Smith, who was influenced by the acid house movement that had exploded in London that summer, released a predominantly electronic remix album, Mixed Up, in 1990.[47]. Pitch also seems off on some songs. Expanding the latent arena rock sensibilities that peppered Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me by … [8], The band's 1987 double album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me resulted in further commercial success, with a sold-out world tour booked in its wake. Homesick (Live At Wembley 07/89) 12. After all, there is plenty of doom and gloom on display to satisfy the most ardent Goth but that would be only telling half the story, for there are moments of beauty, tenderness and passion also. "[35] Writer Chris Ott noted that "scant few albums released in the 1980s can boast an opener as grand as 'Plainsong', the most breathtaking, shimmering anthem the band ever recorded. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Or get 4-5 business-day shipping on this item for $5.99 Ned Raggett of AllMusic noted the difference from other songs: "the Simon Gallup/Boris Williams rhythm section create a tight, serviceable dance groove, while Smith and Porl Thompson add further guitar fills and filigrees as well, adding just enough extra bite to the song. "[4] Erlewine went on to praise Disintegration for being "darkly seductive", and "a hypnotic, mesmerizing record". The band's notably greater popularity in the United States—virtually every concert in the leg was sold out—caused Smith to break down, and threatened the band's future: "It's reached a stage where I personally can't cope with it," he said, "so I've decided this is the last time we're gonna tour. The record marks a return to the introspective gothic rock style the band had established in the early 1980s. Disintegration is the eighth studio album by English rock band the Cure, released on 2 May 1989 by Fiction Records. The Cure * Disintegration 180grm heavy weight double vinyl Digitally remastered from the original master tapes by Robert Smith Complete 12 song … The stadium was too big for us to take it all in. This is supposed to be a luxe repress, not some cut rate off the back of a truck thing. What more can be said about this album than what already has. Should have read the other reviews that indicated the terrible quality of the LP version. [16] The sound of the album was a shock to the band's American label Elektra Records; the label requested Smith shift the release date back several months. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. "[18] Smith felt the song was a perfect opener for the record, describing it as "very lush, very orchestral". Label: Polygram - 839 353-1,Fiction Records Ltd. - FIXH 14 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album Smooth • Country: Europe • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Alternative Rock, Goth Rock, Synth-pop What may be considered one of the Cure's defining, pinnacle creative endeavors, "Disintegration" is yet more than that; this album helped to define a musical genre (or three), and stands out as Fine Art among the work of the Cure's contemporaries. If I could give this negative stars I would. Dead Wax - Side Two: MASTERDISK DMM HW STE 60855 B7DMM 1 1 He sought to abandon the mood present on Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and the pop singles they had released, and rather recreate the atmosphere of the band's fourth album Pornography (1982). Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2019. It was during this period that O'Donnell was asked by Smith to become a full-time member, instead of simply a touring musician. . [34], In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave Disintegration four-and-a-half out of five stars, and applauded the band by saying, "The Cure's gloomy soundscapes have rarely sounded so alluring [and] the songs – from the pulsating, ominous 'Fascination Street' to the eerie, string-laced 'Lullaby' – have rarely been so well-constructed and memorable. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. As he neared the age of 30, vocalist and guitarist Robert Smith had felt an increased pressure to follow up on the band's pop successes with a more enduring work. "[45] In the South Park episode "Mecha-Streisand", Kyle Broflovski called it "the best album ever"; the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, are fans of The Cure, and had got Smith to voice himself in this episode. Smith deliberately sought to record an album that was depressing, as it was a reflection of the despondency he felt at the time. Isn’t enough to noticeably distort the actual playback, but...c’mon Rhino! [9] Keyboardist Roger O'Donnell (who had recently been touring with The Psychedelic Furs), was soon hired as a second touring keyboardist. Mine arrived with splits in the inner sleeves. The record marks a return to the introspective gothic rock style the band had established in the early 1980s. [27] Disintegration was certified silver (60,000 copies shipped) in the United Kingdom,[28] and by 1992 had sold more than three million copies worldwide. "[17] Despite rumours that Smith was one of the only contributors to the record, he confirmed that more than half of the dozen tracks on Disintegration had substantial musical input from the rest of the band. If, as Smith has hinted, the Cure itself is about to disintegrate, this is a worthy summation. Probably one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Disintegration [Deluxe Edition] The Cure’s 1989 album, released during what was arguably the band’s peak period, receives a lavish reissue with some terrific bonus material. As Tolhurst's alcohol consumption increased, the other band members would tease Tolhurst, leading Smith to later comment that his behaviour was similar to that of "some kind of handicapped child being constantly poked with a stick". "[47] Backstage, there were ongoing feuds between band members owing to the strife onset by Smith. The Cure's album eighth deep into their (late) 80s career, rich with stylistic shifts that never harmed their innovative consistency. There is no visible gunk on the record but the first couple of tracks have frequent scratching noises. [24] In the US, due to its appearance in the film Lost Angels, the band's American label Elektra Records released "Fascination Street" as the first single. Pressed at Specialty Records Corporation as evidenced by the SP in the run out groove. "[19], Much of the album made use of a considerable amount of guitar effects. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It remains the band’s highest selling record to date, with more than three million copies sold worldwide. The lyrics had a noticeably different mood than the rest of the record, but Smith felt it was an integral component of the album: "It's an open show of emotion. Not "deluxe", in fact, not even acceptable; I returned it. Beautiful song, I love the lyrics. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2020. Horrible pressing......seriously awful....unlistenable, Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2018. So, like many others have stated here, the pressing plant seems to have done a botched job with these. People regard Disintegration as the The Cure's top. [32] Q gave the album a three-star rating out of five, mainly comparing it to Joy Division's work. The Cure guitar tabs in PDF format. All lyrics are written by Robert Smith; all music is composed by Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O'Donnell, Porl Thompson, Boris Williams, and (officially, in credits) Lol Tolhurst. In the past, Smith felt it necessary to disguise or mask such a statement. --Al Massa. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Displeased with the swollen egos he believed his bandmates possessed, Smith entered what he considered to be "one of my non-talking modes" deciding "I would be monk-like and not talk to anyone. This, coupled with a distaste for the group's newfound popularity, caused Smith to lapse back into the use of hallucinogenic drugs, the effects of which had a strong influence on the production of the album. It was voted the #4 best Cure song in a 2016 Rolling Stone readers' poll. It's taken me ten years to reach the point where I feel comfortable singing a very straightforward love song. [4] Pitchfork praised the record, admitting "Disintegration stands unquestionably as Robert Smith's magnum opus. Roberts summarised the album as "challenging and claustrophobic, often poignant, often tedious. Smith recalls that "it was never our intention to become as big as this". Released in May 1989, the album became one of their most successful, reaching #3 in the UK charts and builds on the formula of their previous release, 'Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me,' with long intros of magnificent, spiralling sound that pulls you into their dark, Gothic dreamscapes of obsessive love and despair but does it deserve to be recognised as their greatest album? In doing so, he created a gothic masterpiece that is dreamlike, sprawling and achingly emotional. [18] Smith wanted to create a balance on the album by including songs that would act as an equilibrium with those that were unpleasant. So here you go! But throwing that one in sort of upsets people a bit because they think, 'That doesn't fit'. [6] This shift is attributed to Smith's frustration over the band's labelling as a predictable gothic rock band: "My reaction to all those people ... was to make a demented and calculated song like 'Let's Go to Bed'. [33] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave the album a "C+" grade and felt that Smith attempts to appease a larger audience by broadening "gothic clichés" and "pumping his bad faith and bad relationship into depressing moderato play-loud keyb anthems far more tedious than his endless vamps". It was just a difficult tour. This realization was frightening to him, as he felt all the masterpieces in rock and roll had been completed well before the band members reached such an age. This, coupled with a distaste for the group's newfound popularity, caused Smith to lapse back into the use of hallucinogenic drugs, the effect… [25] The international follow-up single to "Lullaby", "Lovesong", became The Cure's highest charting hit in the United States, when it reached number two on the Billboard charts. Most of its 12 songs are long mood pieces that develop slowly around the listener. [47], Upon returning to the United Kingdom in early October, Smith wanted nothing more to do with recording, promoting and touring for an album. Smith consequently began to write music without the rest of the band. Or a gag"), he commented that "The Cure have almost invisibly stopped making pop records". Remastered, 180 gram vinyl pressing is warped, noisy, crackly. I love it, especially "Fascination Street". If that song wasn't on the record, it would be very easy to dismiss the album as having a certain mood. Nostalgic perhaps, but not interested in being reminded of how badly I cared for my vinyl back in the day. [13] The other members, finally, threatened to quit if Tolhurst was not fired before the end of the recording session. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 1, 2019, Superb vinyl remaster of an amazing album, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 23, 2020. Dead Wax - Side One: MASTERDISK HW STE 60855 ADMM 7 SP 1 1. Yup, both discs have a wobble (see video of stylus head wandering about). Sad that such a wonderful album gets delivered as near garbage quality. (Prices may vary for AK and HI. Made me wonder if these are counterfeits? (Wonder whatever happened to that.) Often considered The Cure’s magnum opus, 1989’s Disintegration comes in a decade into the band’s career as a result of lead singer Robert Smith’s ambitions to create a defining musical work as he approached the age of 30. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. He concluded, "Despite the title, Disintegration hangs together beautifully, creating and sustaining a mood of thoroughly self-absorbed gloom. He noted that without "Lovesong", Disintegration would have been radically different: "That one song, I think, makes many people think twice. Following the completion of the mixing, founding member Lol Tolhurst was fired from the band. Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2019. Sides B and D have scratchy, persistent surface noise throughout the entire sides, which you can hear through the music.

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