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All Music Guide - Chris True
Recorded in the midst of Robert Smith's tenuous tenure with Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Top is arguably the most hedonistic record the Cure ever produced. Essentially Smith and Lol Tolhurst working with studio musicians this being the period when the Cure's lineup was never assured, it's an album obviously recorded under stress, drink, and drugs. More wildly experimental musically than anything before it, it laid the foundations for the Cure's pattern of unpigeonholable albums that were to erase their reputation built by Pornography and eventually culminating in Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. That said, it's still very much a Cure record. Heavy on the percussion and quaint ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris True
Recorded in the midst of Robert Smith's tenuous tenure with Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Top is arguably the most hedonistic record the Cure ever produced. Essentially Smith and Lol Tolhurst working with studio musicians this being the period when the Cure's lineup was never assured, it's an album obviously recorded under stress, drink, and drugs. More wildly experimental musically than anything before it, it laid the foundations for the Cure's pattern of unpigeonholable albums that were to erase their reputation built by Pornography and eventually culminating in Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. That said, it's still very much a Cure record. Heavy on the percussion and quaint keyboard effects that were so big in the '80s, the melodies "The Caterpillar," "Shake Dog Shake" are unmistakably Robert Smith. The big change this time around is his ability to fuse the paranoia and neuroses of former work Pornography with his newfound use of pop melody and outside influences i.e., world travels, sounds, instruments to moderate success "Wailing Wall," "Piggy in the Mirror". A more psychedelic descent than Pornography, The Top is a transition, never really feeling like a full-length release, but it does meld all former phases of Rob and company, which would fully gel on The Head on the Door. At best an imperfect record, The Top is a necessary step in the evolution of the band.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227475123
  • Catalog Number: 74751
  • Sales rank: 77,066

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shake Dog Shake (4:58)
  2. 2 Bird Mad Girl (4:05)
  3. 3 Wailing Wall (5:23)
  4. 4 Give Me It (3:42)
  5. 5 Dressing Up (2:51)
  6. 6 The Caterpillar (3:41)
  7. 7 Piggy in the Mirror (3:39)
  8. 8 The Empty World (2:36)
  9. 9 Bananafishbones (2:59)
  10. 10 The Top (6:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Cure Primary Artist
Phil Thornalley Bass
Andy Anderson Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Robert Smith Guitar, Vocals, Multi Instruments, Various, Group Member
Porl Thompson Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, Group Member
Laurence Tolhurst Keyboards, Multi Instruments, Various, Group Member
R. Hamilton Smith Voices
Robert "Big Bert" Smith Guitar, Vocals
Robert J. Smith Vocals
Technical Credits
Howard Gray Engineer
Chris Parry Producer
Robert Smith Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Laurence Tolhurst Instrumentation
Johnny Black Sleeve Notes
Dave Allen Producer, Engineer
Howard Grey Engineer
Zoe Roberts Tape Research
Dave Allen Engineer
Robert "Big Bert" Smith Producer, Reissue Producer, Instrumentation
Robert J. Smith Producer, Reissue Producer, Instrumentation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the most diverse collection of cURE songs ever

    o.k., so i guess no one wants to review this gem of an album. overlooked by most listeners, this title changed not only the look of the cure, but was definitely the most dynamic album up to that point. "wailing wall" is by far the best tune on this album. the slow dirging, sheep-like "bahs" to open and close the cut are a perfect introduction and finish to this gloomy tale. if ever a song was to personify my image of robert smith's long-term vision of the band, this is the one. quite possibly this is the slowest and most droning song in the cure's history until the relevant songs on DISINTEGRATION. "piggy in the mirror", "shake dog shake", and obviously "the caterpillar"(every lady's favorite)are the most recognizable tunes for most cure fans. it's the songs that fill these gaps on the album that make this import worth the extra dollars. a highly transitional album and the concrete foundation for the remarkable HEAD ON THE DOOR. take advantage of the internet opportunity to order this unique and unusual record.

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