The Head on the Door [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
After recording one of their darkest albums, 1984's The Top, the Cure regrouped and shuffled their lineup, which changed their musical direction rather radically. While the band always had a pop element in their sound and even recorded one of the lightest songs of the '80s, "The Lovecats," The Head on the Door is where they become a hitmaking machine. The shiny, sleek production and laser-sharp melodies of "Inbetween Days" and "Close to Me" helped them become modern rock radio staples and the inspired videos had them in heavy rotation on MTV. The rest of the record didn't suffer for hooks and inventive arrangements either, making even the gloomiest songs like "Screw" and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
After recording one of their darkest albums, 1984's The Top, the Cure regrouped and shuffled their lineup, which changed their musical direction rather radically. While the band always had a pop element in their sound and even recorded one of the lightest songs of the '80s, "The Lovecats," The Head on the Door is where they become a hitmaking machine. The shiny, sleek production and laser-sharp melodies of "Inbetween Days" and "Close to Me" helped them become modern rock radio staples and the inspired videos had them in heavy rotation on MTV. The rest of the record didn't suffer for hooks and inventive arrangements either, making even the gloomiest songs like "Screw" and "Kyoto Song" sound radio-ready, and the inventive arrangements the flamenco guitars and castanets of "The Blood," the lengthy and majestic intro to "Push," the swirling vocals on "The Baby Screams" give the album a musical depth previous efforts lacked. All without sacrificing an ounce of the emotion of the past, which songs as quietly desperate as "A Night Like This" and "Sinking" illustrate. With The Head on the Door, Robert Smith figured out how to make gloom and doom danceable and popular to both alternative and mainstream rock audiences. It was a feat the band managed to pull off for many years afterward, but never as concisely or as impressively as they did here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227417925
  • Catalog Number: 74179
  • Sales rank: 5,398

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In Between Days (2:57)
  2. 2 Kyoto Song (4:16)
  3. 3 The Blood (3:43)
  4. 4 Six Different Ways (3:18)
  5. 5 Push (4:31)
  6. 6 The Baby Screams (3:44)
  7. 7 Close to Me (3:23)
  8. 8 A Night Like This (4:16)
  9. 9 Screw (2:38)
  10. 10 Sinking (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Cure Primary Artist
Simon Gallup Bass, Group Member
Ron Howe Saxophone
Robert Smith Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Porl Thompson Guitar, Keyboards, Group Member
Laurence Tolhurst Keyboards, Group Member
Boris Williams Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Robert "Big Bert" Smith Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Robert J. Smith Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Howard Gray Producer
Robert Smith Producer
Phil Tennant Engineer
Dave Allen Producer, Engineer
Howard Grey Producer
Zoe Roberts Tape Research
Robert "Big Bert" Smith Producer
Robert J. Smith Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beats Disintegration, hands down.

    The Cure is one of my favorite bands and this is my favorite album of all time. Robert Smith is a poet, and that shows in the lyrics for songs like "Kyoto Song", "The Blood" and "Push". Without this album, surviving this past year would have been near impossible. If you do not own this album, you are doing yourself a great disservice. It is brilliant on all levels....the best Cure album ever.

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