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The Head On The Door

The Head On The Door

June 7, 2008

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 7, 2008
  • Release Date: June 7, 2008
  • Label: Rhino/Elektra
  • Copyright: 1985 Elektra Records
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  • Total Length: 37:44
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  • ASIN: B001AXEOKI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,461 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This has to be one of my most memorable cure albums.
Benjamin N. Saylor
While the album's style is varied, much like its followup, "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me", it is much more concise and has better written songs.
MusicHistorian
If you only know the Cure's recent stuff, definitely go out and get this album.
dcinDC

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By dcinDC on June 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The review up top is right: This is the Cure album to start with. But maybe that's because this is the one I happened to start with. Actually, I think it's excellent because it's right at what I would call the middle of the Cure's range of sounds. It's still got some of their early punk edginess, some of their 80's danciness, some of the dark goth-like tones, and a hint of the gloss that you'll find in their more recent albums.
Even though it falls in this niche, the styles of music on this album vary widely and the lyrics are haunting as always. This is definitely one of my favorite albums and seems to fit a variety of moods and settings. I bought this album on vinyl when it first came out and have been listening to it periodically ever since (although I've "upgraded" to a CD version). Every once in a while I forget about it and find it dusty on my shelf. When I clean it off and pop it back in the player I'm always glad I did.
If you only know the Cure's recent stuff, definitely go out and get this album. If you've never heard of the Cure and don't just want a greatist hits album, get this one. If you don't care...well, then nevermind...
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Christopher R. Cicatelli on June 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Whenever I hear the first drum beats of this album, I get a smile on my face. Since listening to this album for the first time in the winter of '86, I've savored every note, every word, every emotion, every second. It is truly one of the finest releases of the '80's, yet the music really is timeless. It's a happier Cure than found on "Faith", "Pornography", or "Seventeen Seconds". Don't get me wrong, those albums are excellent, but "Head On The Door" was a new direction for Robert Smith and company. The lyrics on this album are still dark, twisted, and thought provoking like earlier albums, but they are matched with a lighter, happier sounding music. Even on tracks like "Sinking", and "A Night Like This" where the images are dark and brooding, the music is unlike any they've done before. I love this album. It always seems fresh and vibrant...even after all these years (15 to be exact) "The Head On The Door" still makes me happy to be a Cure fan.
Track highlights from "The Head On The Door"? Hmm, they're all great but if I had to pick..."InBetween Days", "Six Different Ways", "A Night Like This", "Push", and "Kyoto Song". Some of the Cure classics by far.
Although the Cure has come to the end of the road in what has been an amazing musical career, I thank the musical gods that looked upon Robert Smith, Laurence Tolhurst, Porl Thompson, Simon Gallup and Boris Williams during the making of this excellent album. Five stars? Nah, I give it six.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alison Ross on February 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Whenever I'm mourning the death of our old friend, Good Music, I just slap any Cure CD onto the disc player. The Cure is the definitive "80s and beyond" band. Their mercurial pop melodies mingled with singer Robert Smith's Poe-meets-Rimbaud-meets-Dr. Seuss lyrical musings and plaintive wail make The Cure a truly mesmerizing presence. All of its albums are stunningly solid efforts, including the recent "The Cure" and "Bloodflowers," but 1985's "Head on the Door" is its most intriguingly layered offering, serving up an experimental foray into various musical styles; bits of flamenco, Japanese new wave, funk, hard rock, and even jazz sneak their way onto this magical album. The best part is, the Cure manages all the musical genre-melding without surrendering its trademark surrealistic sound.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rich Latta on December 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Back in '85, it all came together in a big way for The Cure when Robert Smith assembled a supremely talented band that quickly began to fulfill its full potential as a first-rate alternative pop group with THE HEAD ON THE DOOR. This was a huge album for me personally as it was the first truly alternative rock music I became totally absorbed with. It was such a revelation to find this intriguing world of possibilities beyond the standard classic rock radio fare. Only 14, I listened to this album all through this pivotal year and began earnestly exploring their back catalog. This album encompasses the various strengths of all their previous efforts, from super-catchy pop to morbid melancholy. My song by song review of the original album can be found under other HEAD ON THE DOOR releases or my reviews page. The following is a review of each track on the bonus disk. As usual, this Deluxe Edition Cure package is first-rate with rare photos and excellent liner notes.

Bonus tracks (disk 2):

As one might expect, the majority of these bonus tracks will mostly appeal to obsessive Cure fans. Generic keyboard sounds were employed on these demos before the final textures were chosen and they're loaded with cheesy 80's drum machine "claps."

"In Between Days" (Robert Smith home demo) (1:25) - Robert Smith alone on electric guitar and keys, playing the basic melody along to a drum box beat. Serves as a pleasant little reminder of the final version. ***1/2

"Inwood" (R.S. home demo) (2:18) - a rather slight song sketch, this unreleased track still could've turned into something good. Smith overdubs rhythm and lead guitars, employing a slight Middle-Eastern sound reminiscent of "The Wailing Wall." Cool drum machine. ***1/2

"Push" (R.S.
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