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Finally we're in agreement about something, Mac! Disintegration is one of the all-time great pop albums and one of my personal faves. It is hard for an album/CD to be about an hour long and remain compelling, but I think The Cure got it with this one. Buying this back when it originally came out then led me to buy many more Cure CDs as the years went by, and none of them are near as good.

As a little foot-note, I've never seen this band in concert but a while back (when I still had the internet at home) I would get up in the morning and watch Youtube while eating cereal and drinking coffee. For a week or so I was watching concerts and music videos. I found a relatively recent concert of The Cure and was pretty amazed at how great they still sound, and of course mostly Robert Smith's voice. That would be a show to see.

Oh, we agree about a lot. Just because you have that weird thing for the white album....:-)

I'm actually a little surprised to hear you say you like this, though. It's *so* *very* gloomy. I noticed some of those recent concert videos while I was looking for this clips. I'll have to check them out.

I haven't heard all that much of their other stuff but what I've heard didn't seem as good.

It just has this very cool vibe that goes on the entire album where it remains good at a high level of musicality. Each of their other albums seems a little stilted in some way, doesn't quite groove. Groovy man. Bummer stuff doesn't bother me, I've watched Manchester by the Sea three times now!

Maybe we can get a few of the other MEN to comment on Disintegration. The WOMEN don't care. :D

John McEnroe can tell us what Serena Williams would do after listening to it...

:-) :-) :-)

I've always liked The Cure musically (I like a lot of bands with a similar sound) but I've never been able to get past Smith's voice, which I don't care much for.

No accounting for tastes, as ever. His voice is a big part of what makes the sound for me. It shouldn't work--that I'm-so-miserable, catch-in-the-throat thing--but for me it does.

What do you guys think of Morrissey? I'm not as big a fan of his, as I am Smith, but there is a similar vain of unhappiness running through the lyrics. He can be fun.

Oops - vein, not vain

And: "remains good at a high level of musicality"--yeah, that's part of what I was trying to say. When I think about it, I can't come up with all that many other albums that maintain such a high level of quality and at the same time a very distinct and limited sort of sound and theme.

I like the early Smiths stuff more than Morrissey's solo music, but he does have some pretty good songs. I've always liked "Suedehead," for instance, and "Every Day is Like Sunday."

Step right up, folks, and enjoy an evening of the "unity of gloom". Uh, thanks but no thanks. ;-)

In the south we say "wallerin' in it." It can be pleasant.:-)

Re The Smiths: funny, there were a couple of Smiths tunes on that tape I mentioned, and I didn't much care for them, and Morrisey's voice specifically was one of the reasons. Nothing exactly wrong with it, I just didn't care for it. I know The Queen is Dead is said to be a classic but I've never heard it.

another one I've never heard of!

But worth your while. They're not hippie but they're hairy. ;-)

Yeah, Morrissey's voice: definitely a matter of taste.

I have this same problem with the current band Future Islands. I like their sound, but can't quite get myself around the singer's voice. Listen to the songs "Seasons" or "Ran" and I think you'll see what I mean.

I clicked on that 'Pictures of You' and heard it for the first time, to my knowledge. Heard it again for the second time today in the car.

Meaning, it just came on the radio? One of those weird things...

yes. I do like it.

I've gotten too used to Facebook. I want to just click "Like" on that comment.

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