Boomkat Product Review:
The Cure in weird pop mode, released in 1985, a mere 3 years after the morose perfection of what Robert Smith called the "Fatalistic kingdom” of Seventeen Seconds >> Faith >> Pornography and solidifying their multifaceted presence after the no-fucks-given sprawl of 'The Top' the previous year.
Allegedly inspired by the Human League’s ‘Dare’, ’The Head on The Door’ is an album oozing the weirdest pop sensibilities; odd instrumentation and arrangements wrapped around some of Robert Smith’s best songs - just think about the 3 minute perfection of album opener ‘In Between Days’ sat alongside the relentless flamenco strum of ’The Blood’ and the miniature claustrophobic masterpiece ‘Close To Me’ - full of colour, bursting with ideas, the sort of songs that change yr life.
Or again, the oddly stadium-built introspection of fan favourite ‘Push’ sat right next to the spectral playschool genius of ’Six Different Ways’, finding Robert Smith in purest love song mode with those ridiculously naff/brilliant pan flutes for the hook.
There are basically no bands doing this sort of stylistic sprawl convincingly anymore, perhaps the greatest attribute of The Cure in the 80’s was that their enormous aesthetic shifts never felt calculated, more an accurate reflection of the complex and rich human condition. As Robert Smith so eloquently explained at the time “…you’d have to be the most dull person in the world to only listen to one type of music.”.