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Staring at the Sea: The Singles
     

Staring at the Sea: The Singles

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by The Cure
 

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Staring at the Sea: The Singles collects all of the Cure's biggest U.K. hits and best-known songs from the late '70s and early '80s. Spanning from "Killing an Arab" and "Boys Don't Cry," to "The Lovecats," "In Between Days," and "Close to Me," Staring at the Sea captures some of the finest -- and most influential -- post-punk

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Staring at the Sea: The Singles collects all of the Cure's biggest U.K. hits and best-known songs from the late '70s and early '80s. Spanning from "Killing an Arab" and "Boys Don't Cry," to "The Lovecats," "In Between Days," and "Close to Me," Staring at the Sea captures some of the finest -- and most influential -- post-punk music. At their best, the Cure were nervy, intellectual, catchy, and foreboding, all at once. No matter how carefully crafted the Cure's individual albums were, their finest moments occurred on singles like these, when they distilled their essence into surprisingly catchy, but decidedly left-of-center, pop singles. Staring at the Sea not only selects highlights from their uneven early albums, it collects many of the group's terrific non-LP singles. It's a definitive retrospective of the Cure and is one of the finest albums of the '80s. [The cassette version of Staring at the Sea was titled Standing on a Beach and included several B-sides.]

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Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596047722
catalogNumber:
60477

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Staring at the Sea: The Singles 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i hope you enjoy it too
Guest More than 1 year ago
Funny that the reviewer who felt the need to write an entirely incorrect essay on the album failed to mention ''Charlotte Sometimes'', which is one of The Cures best songs. Like anything on a higher level, this album requires multiple, multiple listens to appreciate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
?The curious thing about ¿Staring at The Sea - The Singles¿ is that the songs get better as the number of credited songwriters (and, to some extent, instrumentalists) goes down. As this album is a chronological presentation of The Cure¿s singles from 1979 through 1985, it is encouraging to discover the songs getting better and better as the cd moves forward and the band¿s sound matures¿and the non-Cure fan will need all the encouragement as he can get to survive the early part of the collection. Interestingly, the band and the album become more and more of a solo effort as this retrospective moves forward. Given the superior quality of the later tracks, one wonders why Robert Smith didn¿t go ¿solo¿ earlier. One can only speculate that he was spending the time learning the other band members¿ instruments or simply saving up to buy the equipment. Given the inferior quality of the earlier tracks, it is clear that the music only benefits from Smith taking over the bulk of the recording duties; there is nothing superior to be found in any of the playing to be found early on. There are times when a lean, stripped down and simplistic sound is all that a song requires for it to really work. Such is not the case with the first 10 entries on ¿Staring...¿. The thin, wispy sound of the guitar coupled with Smith¿s whiney voice (annoyingly whiney on the early efforts) and employed in aid of a highly repetitive new wave sound only serves to point out that we are not yet listening to a musical enterprise at the height of its powers. This is to say, of course, that the band, much like early punk rock musicians, sounds suspiciously like it is still learning how to play¿evidenced not by mistakes made, but by the limited range (and lack of complexity) in musical devices employed. Cure fans will probably regard the earlier singles (I hesitate to call them ¿hits¿) as indispensable classics and the later efforts as more commercial sounding and, consequently, of less value. The uninitiated listener MAY recognize the minor hit ¿Boys Don¿t Cry¿ or the widely misinterpreted and misused ¿Killing An Arab¿, but the majority of what is to be found in tracks 1 through 10 is largely inaccessible and uninteresting to all but the true believers. So, unless you¿re already a Cure fan, you¿ll want to cue this cd to track 11, ¿Let¿s Go to Bed¿, where the fun begins (No pun intended.). The lyrics for most any Cure song are most often uncomfortable to listen to at best; personal, sexual, risque, they say what Robert Smith has on his mind without censure. If you can set aside occasionally off-putting lyrics and themes, you¿ll find The Cure has some of the best dance, ballad and rock songs of its genre. Interestingly, some of the best riffs on any Cure song, and certainly most of the driving riffs, come from the keyboard/synthesizer. ¿Let¿s...¿ is a plain vanilla example of lyrics not intended for a general audience but, put it in a singles dance club where everyone has but one thing on their mind and it¿s found a home. ¿The Walk¿ features a killer keyboard riff that serves to drive the song while making one forget that the chorus of the song, usually the best part, is bland and hardly ear- catching. ¿The Lovecats¿ and ¿The Caterpillar¿ are playful entries that bring a touch of sound close to mainstream piano rock to the album. ¿In Between Days¿ has a radio friendly sound that combines many familiar features of the better Cure songs; it IS a bit on the mainstream side, but agreeable. ¿Close to Me¿, a real Cure dance gem, may be a bit too much for the average listener in lyrical theme and touches, but doesn¿t take you anywhere Cyndi Lauper¿s ¿She Bop¿ hasn¿t¿and that was Top 40 fare. Of course, ¿She Bop¿ didn¿t feature authentic sounding (but probably synthesized) xylophone and horns, and these may prove even more of an obstacle to the mainstream pop/rock ear. ¿A Night Like This¿, available (according to the liner notes of m
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you're not extremely familiar with the cure but you wanna get to know them, this cd is a great way to get a taste for their stuff. hopefully your mind hasn't been polluted by the term paper written by the vociferous minority (if you noted it, he/she was the only one to give it a bad rating). All i have to say is that if you were brave enough to skim through it, A. i wasn't a cure fan when i heard this album and i liked it, not needing "encouragement" to "get through" the first ten tracks, and B. robert smith's voice is not "whiney," it's closer to the "hauntingly beautiful" side od the spectrum, if you want a cliche term. I really enjoyed it, and if you're not an overly-critical music-snob, you probably will, too. :D i especially liked the song "other voices"