Picks and Pans Review: The Top

updated 08/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Cure

About as atonal as you can get and still qualify as being in the music business, this English quintet has achieved an amazing degree of success, especially given its penchant for the bleak vision, which makes its sound closer to a neutralized kind of acid rock than anything else. This LP, the Cure's eighth released here, includes such titles as Piggy in the Mirror, The Empty World and Wailing Wall. It features such lines as "We... dreamed of death/And breathed like sick dogs," "Get away from me/Get your fingers out of my face," and the relatively cheery, "Oh, I should be a polar bear/But it's impossible." Robert Smith, the group's lead singer and main composer, is literate enough. One tune, Bananafishbones, seems to be a reference to the J.D. Salinger story A Perfect Day for Bananafish. But so much of this album is dirgelike, wallowing in hopelessness, that it's hard to draw much satisfaction from any of it. The LP bears the same relationship to music that those signs that say "The End Is Near" do to literature. (Sire)

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