Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ranking the Albums from 13 to 1

What is it, ranking season or something? Chris at PopMatters ranks The Cure's albums. Won't list it all here, go read his article on the whys for each one, but here's his ranking:

13. The Cure
12. 4:13 Dream
11. Bloodflowers
10. Wild Mood Swings
9. Three Imaginary Boys
8. The Top
7. Faith
6. Wish
5. Seventeen Seconds
4. Pornography
3. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
2. The Head on the Door
1. Disintegration

43 comments:

  1. Well, that list is all kinds of wrong.

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  2. 4:13 should be at the bottom, all the others are class. The order changes from day to day

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    2. 4:13 is a bit like wms - too many songs, but badly produced & no great tunes (want, this is a lie, bare...)

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  3. It's interesting. My Top 7 list would include all of his Top 7 albums...but in a slightly different order.

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  4. I'm not able to rank them but I think I'd place The Cure in top 5

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  5. 13. 4:13
    12. Wild Mood Swings
    11.Bloodflowers
    10. Three Imaginary Boys
    9. The Cure (Vinyl Version)
    8. The Top
    7. Head on the Door
    6. Seventeen Seconds
    5. Faith
    4. Wish
    3. Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
    2. Pornography
    1. Disintegration

    JMHO

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    1. Andy your list is the most reasonable...17S is too high and bloodflowers way too low...why do so many fans place the recent albums at the bottom...do we really thi k they stink that bad...how disrespectful....this isn't the 80s or the 90s and the cure can't make all of you happy by not evolving, improving, and cranking out the same sounding crap....Bravo to The Cure for changing even if they did lose the edge considerably...love you Robert

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    2. Andy your list is the most reasonable...17S is too high and bloodflowers way too low...why do so many fans place the recent albums at the bottom...do we really thi k they stink that bad...how disrespectful....this isn't the 80s or the 90s and the cure can't make all of you happy by not evolving, improving, and cranking out the same sounding crap....Bravo to The Cure for changing even if they did lose the edge considerably...love you Robert

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    3. Sorry, but 'recent' actually made me laugh :)

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    4. Wow. Great list. I've noticed most of The Cure's fans rank the same albums in the Top 7 or 8 (just different order), which definitely says something about the superior quality of these albums as agreed upon by most everyone it seems...

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  6. 4:13 is easily their worst. The rest are difficult to rank

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  7. My choices: 1. Pornography 2. The Head on the Door 3. Disintegration 4. Wish 5.Faith

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  8. Sorry but these some of these lists are way off. I would have started with Happily Ever After at #1, and followed with further transgressions such as Concert/Curiosities and Entreat.

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  9. There's no fucking way either 3IB or 17 S are in the top 10...I'm serious the Cure seriously improved and 2 or 3 tracks aren't gonna keep an album in the top 5 when so many subsequent albums have lots of great tracks..the top is good but not stellar no further up than 8...I don't care who you are!!!!

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  10. 13. Three Imaginary Boys
    12. The Top
    11. Seventeen Seconds
    10. Wild Mood Swings
    9. The Cure
    8. 4:13 Dream
    7. Bloodflowers
    6. Faith
    5. Wish
    4. The Head On The Door
    3. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
    2. Disintegration
    #1. Pornography

    Sorry but this thee way it should carefully considerate of each albums merits...where the band was at in its strengths..strong tracks..videos... singles...etc etc etc

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    1. Having said this ...they have no crap albums!!!

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    2. Having said this ...they have no crap albums!!!

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  11. Too bad these lists imply that those at the bottom mean they're not good.

    To me they all stand well on their own but The Cure have gone through phases/lineup changes and they have put out albums that seem related to each other. That said if I had to do a -favorites- list it wouldn't go in a traditional 1,2,3,4... order but grouped kind of like...

    1. KMKMKM/Head On The Door
    2. Disintegration/Bloodflowers
    3. 17 Seconds/Faith/Pornography
    4. Wish/The Cure (vinyl version)
    5. BOY'S DON'T CRY/3 Imaginary Boys/Japanese Whispers
    6. The Top/The Glove
    7. 4:13 Dream/4:14 Scream?
    8. Wild Mood Swings

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  12. Context is a great decipher.
    I think its fantastic that the fans views about best records are so diverse. It really says a lot about this little band from Crawley.

    As nqfaust indicated, the "phases" are important recognize, as well as the time period these songs were written/recorded. Listening to the live recordings from each phase/era
    makes those songs sound even stronger.

    Some of us have been Cure fans before Just Like Heaven was even written.
    I learned to drive while listening to 3IB, and there are more "than 2 or 3 good tracks" for sure.

    In fact 3IB and 17 Sec are my 13 year old's favorite records. I give his opinion A LOT of merit since he has learned practically all of the bass parts from both records. He can even articulate and compare Dempsey's style to Simon's.
    Makes this Cure Dad VERY proud.

    No way 3IB is worst.
    Yes the production was pretty poor, but considering "merits and strengths" they were just 3 members, in their teens, that makes it even better! And it STILL attracts new fans!

    Context.....

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  13. 13. 3IB
    12. The Cure
    11. Wild Mood Swings
    10. Seventeen Seconds
    9. 4:13 Dream
    8. The Top
    7. The Head On The Door
    6. Wish
    5. Bloodflowers
    4. Faith
    3. KMKMKM
    2. Pornography
    1. Disintegration

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  14. 8. Bloodflowers
    7. Wild Mood Swings, Dream 13
    6. 3 Imaginary Boys
    5. The Cure, Head in The Door
    4. 17 Seconds
    3. Wish, Boys dont Cry
    2. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Faith, The Top,
    1. Pornography, Disintegration

    I'm sorry but Bloodflowers is the worst, the most uninspired record ever made by the Cure. It's the first time they sounded so precictable..Dream 13 and WMS are mediocre, but not so much. The others are all good.

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    1. Blue Sunshine by The Glove is a masterpiece, by the way.

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  15. This is better, no, this is better. Kindergarten? Guys, you have too much time...

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    1. Not Kindergarten, just fans having a discussion.....

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  17. Blood flowers will always be my favorite album. Very first cure album and it remains my favorite with disintegration pretty close behind.

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  18. I really like Bloodflowers its just that it's too acoustic too much of the time....it has that strong Cure sound...love the cover...no great singles just all great tracks...gotta love it all....too bad that US tour was so brief

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  19. I really like Bloodflowers its just that it's too acoustic too much of the time....it has that strong Cure sound...love the cover...no great singles just all great tracks...gotta love it all....too bad that US tour was so brief

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  21. Everybody is totally wrong and not entitled to their opinion. Mine is best.

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  22. I think that people tend to gravitate to the album that they heard first and spent the most time with. For me, that was Disintegration. It'll always be my number one, followed closely by Pornography.

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  23. Move "Wish" further up (3, 4, or 5, depending on what was placed above and below it) and this is about right, imho.

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  25. 20.The Cure
    19.4:13 Dream
    18.Wild Mood Swings
    17.Show
    16.Bloodflowers
    15.Entreat
    14.Three Imaginary Boys
    13.Japanese Whispers
    12.Mixed Up
    11.Paris
    10.The Head on the Door
    9.Wish
    8.Seventeen Seconds
    7.Concert 84'
    6.Join the Dots B-sides
    5.Faith
    4.The Top
    3.Pornography
    2.Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
    1.Disintegration

    While I(31 year serious fan) really enjoy most cure albums in their entirety, The only songs I can bare from "The Cure" are Beauty, Goodness, & Truth and Fake, two of the bonus tracks. But to each their own. These are my favs in order including the live albums, but not the singles collections. . . a bit more thorough

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  26. 1. Fait
    2. Disintegration
    3. Bloodflowers
    4. Pornography
    5. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
    6. Seventeen Seconds
    7. Wish
    8. The Head on the Door
    9. Three Imaginary Boys
    10. Wild Mood Swing
    11. 4:13 Dream
    12. The Cure

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