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Boys Don't Cry Original recording reissued
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1. Boys Don't Cry (2:35)
Right from the opening chord sequence, you can tell this one is a winner. It's a perfect pop song - even though the lyrics are written from the point of view of a broken hearted man, the bouncy melody of the song overshadows them. You'll be too busy tapping your foot or bobbing your head to even notice Robert's sadness.
2. Plastic Passion (2:14)
This was originally a B-Side of the previous song. It may seem pretty flat the first time you hear it, but after a couple listens, the jerky bass lines it builds its foundation on will grow on you.
3. 10:15 Saturday Night (3:38)
An early masterpiece that seems to foreshadow where The Cure was headed musically. The lyrics paint a wonderful picture of sitting in isolation late at night, waiting for a phone call that you know won't come. The minimalistic musical backdrop further adds to the lonely and desolate feeling of the song. One of the best on the album.
4. Accuracy (2:16)
Another song that will most likely seem flat upon the first listen, but slowly seeps into your subconscious as you listen to it more. Lyrically, it seems to be about seduction of a lover.
5. So What (3:01)
This one is a little silly, but I still enjoy it for that reason alone. The lyrics seem to be taken from various advertisements ("Cake Icing and Decorating Set, Special Offer! Only 3.30!"), and are sung/shouted in a sarcastic manner.Read more ›
-- James Kaenan-Barbour
The obvious highlights are the better known singles - the vicious, punky 'Killing An Arab' which mixes flat punk nihilism with a Middle-Eastern guitar motif, the more dense and warm 'Fire In Cairo' and the poppier classic title track. Throughout the album, there is a punky influence, occasionally, as on 'So What' (not on the original LP, but on the original UK version 3 Imaginary Boys) it is actually the singular and abiding genre. However guitars are not usually of constant prescence, the album often being driven only by bass and drums with guitars as very much a lead instrument which interplays with vocals and drops in and out. There's none of the dense layers of sounds that trademark their later albums - its always the basic rock instruments and often the sound is basic or even slightly empty sounding.
However, this suits the tone of the songs, which occasionally becomes a 'dont-[care]' attitude, a strange idea to think of with Smith who wrote such emotionally revealing songs later in his career (largely absent here, though closer '3 Imaginary Boys' is a hint at a more personal, emotional direction).Read more ›
My main reason for writing this review is to let potential buyers know that this CD is NOT part of the Rhino reissue series of the mid-00's, although the timing of its release might suggest as much. The fine print and copyright info on the back says this import is of Australian origin, and the release is credited solely to Fiction Records. It appears to be a repressing of the original CD from back when, judging by design cues like the spine. Unlike the Rhino reissues there are no lyrics, no liner notes, and no rare or unseen photos of the band. The booklet only folds out to a very bland 2 page spread of track titles (and running times) and the personnel of musicians. The cover looks a bit washed out or scanned perhaps, like the colors could've used more contrast.
I have never owned this album before, so I couldn't tell you for sure if it is a sonic improvement over previous pressings. To my ears everything sounds clear without being overtly loud or compressed (as is the unfortunate fate of many remasters nowadays).
Some many not care about the lackluster packaging, the music is worthwhile in itself.
4 stars for the music (the audio quality and the songs themselves).
1 star for the packaging.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Been a Cure fan for years and I did not have this album on CD. I had it on cassette but that thing is long since cooked. Love it and love the sound quality, too. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Steve Austin
I was a big cure fan back in the 80's and my first exposure was the early stuff and this album is my favorite among other early cure.Published 1 month ago by James H.
No major concerns, was shipped appropriately. Was a tad surprised by the creases/dents at the top of the cardboard sliver, but record is playing fine and I framed the cardboard... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The first and best Cure record, and therefore one of the best alternative LPs
of all time. Enough said.
A classic with a lot of good songs, different versions of this album exist with different song lists.Published 10 months ago by Ron Mooiweer
For the record, I am not a fan of anything The Cure released after this album. But for a short time, before they either began taking themselves too seriously, or not seriously... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lynette McClenaghan