The Cure – Disintegration (1989)

This is the first album I’ve heard by The Cure, and if this is any indication of the scope of their overall sound and discography, then I should likely explore them even further. Robert Smith’s vocals have the kind of emotional texture that’s hard to find and even harder to utilize effectively, yet somehow this album makes it sound easy: The distorted, ambient guitars are unique on their own, not to mention the acoustics-heavy backing, but adding Smith’s memorable, haunting vocals makes the entire project sound so unique and downright haunting. Of course, there are the obvious, popular stand-outs like “Lovesong” and “Fascination Street,” but the album is filled to the brim with strong tracks throughout, such as “Pictures of You” and “Prayers for Rain.”

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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