24 Songs, 2 Hours 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Cure’s third album, 1981’s Faith, features a core trio responding to the chiseled minimalism of its predecessor, 1980’s Seventeen Seconds, with a deeper emotional resonance and carefully orchestrated keyboards from leader Robert Smith. Recorded at a time when the band was experimenting with drugs and still establishing itself as an iconoclastic voice, Faith is a thoroughly assured collection of fully-realized compositions that flirt with questions of faith, fate and somber, sobering realities. Yet unlike the emotional excesses that would lead the band to their future extreme heights, the songs here are intense, yet restrained. “Doubt” steps on the accelerator and points towards the Cure sound most familiar to its later fans. However, most of the cuts follow a solemn form. “All Cats Are Grey” posts an eternal yearn in its slow, protruding chords, while “The Funeral Party” marches through a wintry field as the voices echo in what sounds like a futile, existential void.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Cure’s third album, 1981’s Faith, features a core trio responding to the chiseled minimalism of its predecessor, 1980’s Seventeen Seconds, with a deeper emotional resonance and carefully orchestrated keyboards from leader Robert Smith. Recorded at a time when the band was experimenting with drugs and still establishing itself as an iconoclastic voice, Faith is a thoroughly assured collection of fully-realized compositions that flirt with questions of faith, fate and somber, sobering realities. Yet unlike the emotional excesses that would lead the band to their future extreme heights, the songs here are intense, yet restrained. “Doubt” steps on the accelerator and points towards the Cure sound most familiar to its later fans. However, most of the cuts follow a solemn form. “All Cats Are Grey” posts an eternal yearn in its slow, protruding chords, while “The Funeral Party” marches through a wintry field as the voices echo in what sounds like a futile, existential void.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
22 Ratings
22 Ratings
Ghosts In My Head ,

Wow

This album ranges from a lot of dark themes. There is quite a bit of existentialism throughout the album. Somehow Robert Smith can make such happy sounding music out of such bleak subjects. He is truly a legend.

v-dizzle ,

I've been looking for this for years!!!

I used to have this on cassette and I lost it. Carnage Visors is worth the price alone!!!

miguelfc55 ,

OMG, what a surprise...!

Not just a fantastic album, but when I scrolled down the list of song titles I found Carnage Visors. I used to listen to it in high school and just stare at the ceiling while swimming in the murk - LOL! It's a great mood piece. I could never find it on CD, but now it's on my I-pod as well as "Faith".

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