Boomkat Product Review:
Despite being considered by many the definitive Cure album, 'Disintegration' actually marked the band's move away from the more esoteric and experimental writing style that characterised their run of releases the previous decade. It also just happened to become their most successful record and the first to really find a huge audience Stateside, cementing their reputation as arch-miserablists with a knack for writing a perfect pop tune.
The thing that's so special about this Deluxe triple CD edition, however, is the bonus material - especially the second CD that features raw early versions of pretty much every album track, plus a ruck of alternate versions of b-sides and outtakes that have never been heard before. These are an absolute revelation - the personal and foggy quality of these early versions removes much of the bombast that would grace the final mix and instead returns to the visceral, haunting quality of what are, for our money, the two finest Cure albums - Faith and Seventeen Seconds.
Tracks like 'Fascination Street', for instance, stripped of all the distinctive production you'll know all too well from the final mix, actually sounds not too far removed from the kind of hazy post-everything pop, an effect that's amplified by memories of listening to the original over and over again during a late-80's London childhood. Nostalgia definitely helps here, but there's an intangible, almost Ha*ntological quality to these tracks that should be investigated regardless of whether or not this album means much to you. The extensive liner notes by Robert Smith are also v satisfying - making this quite a treat for this particular listener. Recommended.