The transformation is complete. This is easily the most melodic Cure album since Three Imaginary Boys
. It also sports the best sound, they've seemingly left their underground roots behind, although Smith still does his best lyrically ... "Kyoto Song" has a chorus where he's lying on the floor of the night before, with a stranger next to me
. He then mentions death in a pool, and trembling hands.
Anyway, this is the album that contains one of my favourite Cure songs, "Inbetween Days", the first all-out classic popsong The Cure ever wrote. It has a perfect popsong length of no more than 3 minutes, a distinctive introduction, the vocals are swooning and gorgeous, and has sad lyrics that are married to one of the happiest melodies on earth.
It's an album with a uniformity of sound, yet still containing variety, for example exotic-sounding guitar on "The Blood". And as well as the actual hit songs, there's a plethora of potential hits too ... "Six Different Ways" is jaunty enough to be a hit song, and "Push" is similarly joyous.
So The Head on the Door
is certainly the most 'poppy' album since the band's debut, no question. It's in some ways the flip-side of Pornography
, literally the other side of The Cure.
There's also moments of darkness of course, such as the closing "Sinking", with its delicious extended instrumental introduction (something that would become a Cure trademark). Overall, this is a good rounded album, a relatively happy pop album for people who don't normally listen to happy music. Rated:
by Reviewer: Adrian Denning
(blogging at Adrian's Album Reviews