As a teenager growing up listening to The Cure, I never thought I would get to see them live, because, you know, it’s The Cure. Imagine my excitement when it was announced that they are set to play Malahide Castle next June! So, in light of this literally life changing announcement, I decided to revisit my favourite of their LPs, Disintegration. Released in 1989, there truly hasn’t been an album like this since.
The album opens with “Plainsong”, a magical track that for some reason, reminds me of The Neverending Story. “Pictures of You” and “Closedown” follow – undeniably great additions. Next up we have a true classic – “Lovesong” – definitely one of their best known tracks, and for good reason. “Last Dance” is the fifth song on the album. One of their lesser known numbers, but equally deserving of praise like the rest.
The iconic “Lullaby” comes next. I don’t think any words I could string together would do this song justice; it is truly a masterpiece loved by the masses. I’ll say one thing about “Fascination Street”: the drums. That’s all you need to know. Following on from this is my favourite track, “Prayers For Rain” – I don’t think you can get anymore “The Cure” than this song.
“The Same Deep Water As You” is a lovely 9 minute addition to the album, followed by the titular track “Disintegration” which takes the album back to that upbeat place we all know and love. “Homesick” and “Untitled” close out the album quite nicely. They aren’t the most memorable tracks on the album but serve to highlight just how good the rest of it is and leave you feeling very content that you’ve just listened to an undeniably brilliant album.