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Faith

The CureAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became notorious for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often ... Read more in Amazon's The Cure Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H5P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,917 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Holy Hour
2. Primary
3. Other Voices
4. All Cats Are Grey
5. The Funeral Party
6. Doubt
7. The Drowning Man
8. Faith

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drowning at The Cure's Funeral Party July 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have every Cure album. I love this album, and "Pornography", because they are (to me) The Cure's two "trance" albums (for want of better words), they distort the room's ambience and twist your head. Both Faith and Pornography are best appreciated by lying down on the floor with your eyes closed and head between the stereo's speakers. Just lie still and let Faith's reverbing emptiness slowly descend and wash over you and it will put you into it's trance. You'll progress effortlessly through these moody tracks, rolling along with the momentum of "Primary", soaking up Smith's disturbed ambience in "The Holy Hour"... and by the time you get through "All Cat's Are Grey" and "The Funeral Party" it will have meditated within you a listless futile vulnerable feeling. There's a manically hostile detour with "Doubt", and then slowly the mood decends more and more into a cerebral despair - the utter melancholy of "The Drowning Man", symbolic of the whole Faith experience, spartan disjointed and spooky riffs which accompany Robert Smith's desperate "drowning" voice, blurring into the final track "Faith" where he finally declares his absolute despair. Remember this is 1981, the height of New Wave synthesizer pop - The Cure managed to perfect a balance with the new electronic sounds, not abusing it, just skilfully crafting this trademark sombre mood. There's lots of stand outs (tracks like "Other Voices", "Doubt", "Primary", etc) but I prefer to take this album as one continuous 'thing', from start to finish, the sum being more powerful for me than the parts. A masterpiece of "mood engineering".
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It hurts sometimes June 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I can't listen to this record too much because it requires a great deal from the listener, and at the wrong moments can almost be painful. Inevitably throughout the course of a listen to Faith I will get that hollow distant feeling in the pit of my stomach, that raw ache that people like Camus and Sartre were so keen on. Very few records still have that sort of impact after repeated listens, particular as many repeated listens as this ones gotten from me. The album is bleak and sparse, alternating from jagged, angular bass guitar duets like primary to the surreal synthetic and electric soundscapes of all cats are grey. It requires a listener's patience and a willingness to be taken into it's realm. The songs are long, and many of them ignore traditional song forms completely, eschewing such limiting devices as verses choruses and refrains. In my opinion this is The Cure's most fully realized work, and while their song craft has taken them in many different directions since the early eighties when this came out, when people talk about the Cure, the album that comes into my mind is their third release, Faith. It's so agonizingly gorgeous, everyone should hear it at least twice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to take in all at once March 18, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I picked this album and 17Seconds up on a rainy grey Saturday. I played the disk while I was doing errands around the apt. "All Cats are Grey" came on and I had to sit down. The piano at the end of that track still rings in my head. "Two pale figures ache in silence... timeless in the quiet ground... side by side in age and sadness"... Funeral Party. I had never heard anything like this before. At the time I had several Cure disks (late 80s), but I had never heard their early stuff. I ended up listening to it at least a dozen times that day. I don't think any music will ever impact me the way this disk has.....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All cats are grey June 7, 2002
By Lison
Format:Audio CD
Strangely enough I seem to prefer 'Faith' to 'Pornography' although I adore both. 'Faith' is one of the last albums I got from The Cure when I discovered them and started to buy everything I found on them. My first listen was inconclusive, but after many times I was hooked. My favourite songs are 'All Cats Are Grey', 'The Funeral Party', 'The Drowning Man' and 'Faith', the last one being one of Robert Smith's favourite also musically. I would call it a beautiful dark album. It's the first Cure album that has depressing lyrics, still wonderful lyrics, and 'Pornography' would follow with even more angst and sadness. Try this at home, lay on your bed at night and put on your stereo *not too loud* 'All Cats Are Grey' and just close your eyes. This is such a relaxing and moving experience for me.
You won't be disappointed if you buy this believe me!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turning point for the band June 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Released in 1981, Faith is the most sparse work of Robert Smith's career. It contains a kernel of the lush atmospherics that dominated the following year's Pornography and were perfected with Disintegration in 1989, but the real beauty of this record is the spaces that aren't filled. Faith also marks a lyrical turning point for the band - from the punked-out mise-en-scene of Seventeen Seconds and Boys Don't Cry (Camus references, water dripping out of taps, etc...) to the empty-inside mope rock that went on to fill the margins of high school notebooks for a decade. I'm rarely in the mood for this record, but it's a beauty.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Cure Trilogy (Part 2) March 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
So, my Cure Trilogy starts with Seventeen Seconds and as the last drum beat of the song "seventeen Seconds" slows to a halt as if stopping time itself - I throw on "Faith" and let the opening bass lead me deeper into dark territory. So begins the "Holy Hour" - but this is not a man proclaiming his faith to any god, Robert has said that this album does not pertain to religion - which is fitting, considering he is an Existentialist. No, this beginning is a "holy" hour, only in that it is the hour where truths be told, clarity be seen, much of a state like a religious, or holy, experience might enduce. This is no moment of bliss, and it sure isn't enlightenment. This song, and the others that follow are great, poetic songs that send you into a dream like no other. The seamless flow of tracks is astonishing and mesmerizing, revealing anguish, paranoia, helplessness, and fear - and it has never been done more effectively, or beautifully, as it is done on this album.

Robert Smith has expressed his appreciation for the music of Joy Division and I would say that this album, "Faith", is The Cure's "Closer" - dark, monotone, toy drumming with layers of anguish and compelling lyrics. "The Funeral Party" is like Joy Division's "Eternal" - dealing with loss in an effective, but original way. I compare The Cure's "Faith" album to Joy Division's "Closer", only to express how well I feel Robert Smith managed to make an effective album - this is original, unique music and it reaches a beauty that is unmatched by many.

In all of "Faith's" misery and anguish - it is highly peaceful and beautiful. That is its charm and lasting appeal. I could sleep to this music as well as I could revel in anger or frustration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Cure Albums
This album is tied with Disintegration as the best Cure album. This album defines the Cure as a band. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dave Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the holy trinity of Cure albums
To me, there are only three Cure albums: Seventeen seconds, Faith and Pornography. These three capture the band and their peak and Smith's progression from melancholy to the depths... Read more
Published 12 months ago by T. Dokland
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor copy of this gorgeous album
I will have to continue to search high and low for a high quality press of this Cure album. I bought this in hopes of it being a decent replica, but it was honestly subpar. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Karina
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Goth
This is a good Cure album and probably their 2nd darkest behind "Pornography". It is in my top five favorites from the band, but could be better. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Goth Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cure album
This is easily one of The Cure's best albums, it's my own personal favorite. There is nothing else like this album out there. NOTHING. Read more
Published on March 31, 2011 by Manth
3.0 out of 5 stars Three and a half stars. Not my favourite Cure record.
Well, here on the third album, the band's lyrics finally catch up with the music. On the previous records the music suggested sadness or outright depression while the lyrics... Read more
Published on October 24, 2009 by Philip Bradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinking Deeper Into The Abyss . . .
Much darker and gloomier than its predecessor SEVENTEEN SECONDS, FAITH is typically one of the most beloved Cure albums by fans who get into their brand of "depression rock" (and I... Read more
Published on October 17, 2009 by Rich Latta
5.0 out of 5 stars YEP!!!!
This a great album no matter what lame stuff they were doing after this. My Stoner buddies like this.
Published on May 20, 2009 by CHRIS BARNES
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album
I had this on cassette tape from long ago and finally transformed over.
Nothing more to say==the cure is great. Read more
Published on April 6, 2008 by Crystal Cardwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Misery and melancholia
This melancholy album opens with the meandering dirge The Holy Hour and from there, things just get bleaker and bleaker. Read more
Published on July 22, 2007 by Pieter Uys
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