The Genius Of… Disintegration by The Cure
Returning to the moonlit gloom that coated their early works, The Cure merged boundless synth with characterful guitar work on 1989’s widescreen epic Disintegration.
The Cure. Image: Vinnie Zuffante / Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images
Most musicians embark on their careers with well-defined intentions. But often outside influences and the overwhelming pressure to subsist in a commercial marketplace corrodes their original creative personality. While many artists are content to churn out music-as-product, aiming squarely at the record-buying public, others wither and retreat from the limelight, never to be seen again. Neither option seemed particularly attractive to Robert Smith.
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Nearing his 30th birthday, Smith reflected on a decade that had seen his teenage goth-rock outfit The Cure rise to modest fame and strengthen a devoted core of eyeliner-daubed, backcomb-haired fans. During the 1980s, a smartly written salvo of expertly crafted singles had seen the band welcomed into the mainstream, and the brighter hues of The Cure’s 1985 LP The Head on the Door and 1987 album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me led to an identity crisis for the crown prince of goth.