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Faith

4.6 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • 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 (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,614 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Christopher R. Cicatelli on June 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
if you want to hear a band that hit its prime, check out "Faith"....one of the Cure's deepest and mind bending albums ever recorded. the third track <Other Voices> is amazing...tribal drum beats, a bass line that rumbles through in perfect rhythm, smith holding in with a dreamy strum of his electric, and layers of floating smith vocals that will send shivers down your spine. and that's just one song.
this release has been an all time favorite of mine for almost fifteen years, and i don't think i'll ever tire of it. every song...from the chillingly, eerie pace of <All Cats Are Grey> (a cure classic in every sense) to the all bass guitar driven <Primary>...yes, this album is dark, but it is more peaceful than anything else. i can listen to Faith for hours while i write, chill with friends, or just drift off into a deep sleep.
i can't reccommend this CD enough. it truly is a great collection of cure music. you want driving beats, raw bass lines with a punk feel? you got it. you want twisted, morbidly glowing goth? you got it. there's a wonderful pacing of music flow....and you'll just end up of floating along with it.
All in all, i'd say there is no diehard cure fan on the planet that does not own Faith. if i'm wrong, shame on you. buy it. Faith is part of the Cure's <magic 3>: "Seventeen Seconds", "Faith", and "Pornography". 3 Cure albums...so similar in tone, yet so different in meaning. "Faith", the middle of the three is almost the calm before the storm, which would be "Pornography". i look at it all as a trilogy in the Cure archive.
to listen to Faith is to experience Faith. one of the Cure's finest....
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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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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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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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