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Album Review

Simultaneously more accessible and ambitious than any of the Cure's previous albums, the double album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me finds Robert Smith expanding his pop vocabulary by tentatively adding bigger guitars, the occasional horn section, lite-funk rhythms, and string sections. It's eclectic, to be sure, but it's also a mess, bouncing from idea to idea and refusing to develop some of the most intriguing detours. Even if Kiss Me doesn't quite gel, its best moments — including the deceptively bouncy "Why Can't I Be You?" and the stately "Just Like Heaven" — are remarkable and help make the album one of the group's very best. [Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me was reissued as a double-disc deluxe edition in the summer of 2006 by Rhino. The first disc contains a remastered version of the album; the second disc contains rarities from its 1986 recording and the accompanying tour for its 1987 release. The first nine tracks on the disc are all instrumental demos, with the studio demos often sounding like the backing tracks to the finished versions; there are three rough mixes with guide vocals — "A Thousand Hours," "Icing Sugar," and "One More Time" — and finally, there are live versions in relatively high fidelity of "How Beautiful You Are," "The Snakepit," "Catch," "Torture," "Fight," and "Why Can't I Be You?" None of this bonus material is essential, but it is of interest for truly die-hard Cure collectors.]

Customer Reviews

An Inch Away From Heaven

This album is an 18 track odyssey, ambitious and varied. It kicks off with possibly the finest Cure opening track, The Kiss, a towering mountain of tangled electric guitar and poisonous lyrics. This is followed by Catch, a beautifully summery whimsical song, and Torture, a lovely rush that's nowhere near as painful as the title suggests. This incredible opening salvo is completed by If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, an amazingly instrumented melange of exotic instruments accompanied by a wonderfully dreamy Robert Smith vocal. Other highlights include the stickily languid Snakepit, the joyful Hey You, the brooding Like Cockatoos, sheer fury in Shiver And Shake and one of Smith's best lyrics in How Beautiful You Are. One More Time is gorgeous, and Hot Hot Hot even dabbles in funk. And of course the cherry on top is Just Like Heaven, not only The Cure's finest single but one of the best singles ever. There are one or two dud moments (Perfect Girl is cloying and A Thousand Hours is a bit Cure-by-numbers), but as a whole this album's an amazing trip. The extra Deluxe Edition tracks aren't up to much, apart from the demo of The Kiss (which is radically different from the finished article) and the live tracks. The rest are really more like finished instumental versions of the album tracks, but to be honest the original album works better as a stand alone.

Biography

Formed: 1976 in Crawley, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became well-known for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often hid the diversity of the Cure's music. At the outset, the Cure played jagged, edgy pop songs before slowly evolving into a more textured outfit. As one of the...
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