Dave tells us that the Cure lost a band member over the depressing nature of their music, and listening to Disintegration it’s easy to see why! This is a very sombre record, but the wailing guitars and slow pacing are well suited to showcase Robert Smith’s talent for deliciously macabre imagery.
Lullaby is my top track of the album, with it’s whimsical opening riff and stand-out lyrics like “Spiderman is having me for dinner tonight!”. This song has a slightly lighter atmosphere to many of it’s companions, and benefits from the contrast. Although the content of the song is still brilliantly creepy!
Curiously, Disintegration reminded me quite a lot of the Stone Roses album we listened to back in November. Both records have their own take on guitar-led epic soundscapes. The Cure’s Pictures of You and The Stone Roses’ I Wanna Be Adored, for instance, have a lot of sounds in common, with the main differences coming from the two distinctive vocalists. Perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising for two albums both released in 1989, but I hadn’t expected gritty Madchester to lie so close to glamorous Gothic.