651. The Cure - Disintegration (1989)
2. Pictures Of You
4. Love Song
5. Last Dance
7. Fascination Street
8. Prayers For Rain
9. The Same Deep Water As You
This is probably the most famous Cure album, and even if it is not the most original of their albums there is good reason for it to be so famous. The first half of the album has 6 tracks, 5 of which are pretty famous singles.
This makes the album a bit top heavy in terms of catchiness, you will know most of the first half, but the second half consists of longer, less poppy tracks, and these reward knowing the album well.
The Cure bait you with the singles on the first half to give you the heavier fare in the second side, and it works pretty well. It is a great album, possibly the last great Cure album, essential.
1. Love Song
4. Picture Of You
Disintegration was released in May 1989. In the UK the lead single was "Lullaby"; in the US the band's American label Elektra Records released "Fascination Street" as the album's first single due to its appearance in the film Lost Angels. The follow-up single to "Lullaby", "Lovesong", became The Cure's highest charting hit in the United States, reaching number two on the Billboard charts. The succes of Disintegration was such that when the album's final single "Pictures of You" was released in March 1990, it reached number 24 on the British charts, even though the album had been released nearly a year prior.
Lullaby, one of the best Cure videos: