by Magnus Shaw: Until recently, I didn’t realise my three favourite albums by The Cure were actually conceived as a three-part series. In my ignorance, I thought the band hit a purple patch between 1980 and 1982 and never quite regained that form.
Although, in retrospect, this snippet of trivia actually makes perfect sense. However, it doesn’t change my view – that Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Lol Tolhurst (and on one LP, Matthieu Hartley) imbued their second, third and fourth records with such quality, everything else in The Cure’s back catalogue lacks a certain something.
Not that this has fettered the band’s progress one iota. On the contrary, very soon after the release of this stunning triptych, their stock rose immeasurably to make them an enormo-stadium attraction across the planet. Such is the perverse nature of popular music – and the reason sulky men delight in the phrase ‘I only like the early stuff.’