Sound — 10
This the middle album of their dark, moody, gothic period. After "Three Imaginary Boys", Robert Smith wanted to do something more dark. The previous album "Seventeen Seconds" was on that path. It was also dark and a real downer. But "Faith" takes you down a bit further. Imagine a cold, dreary fall night about 1:00 A.M. In the morning. And no one is around and you are down in the dumps. This is your album. Or if you work the graveyard shift. This is for you. They use on the album a six string bass attack on some of the song giving a a necro sound.
Lyrics — 10
Oh, the lyrics. For me the first two songs, "The Holy Hour" and "Primary" are okay. Important but just okay. It really kicks off with "Other Voices". Very dark Simon Gallup's bass really sets the mood. And the lyrics must be about someone who hears voices. "Come around at Christmas I really have to see you" sounds like he's begging for an old girlfriend to please return though he still has issues. "All Cats Are Grey" is one of my all time favorite Cure songs. It is written by drummer Lol Tolhurst after the death of his father I believe. This is one of the most gothic songs ever written. Moody with echoing drums and a wonderful bass lick, it is the centerpiece of the album. Then "Funeral Party" which challenges "All Cats Are Grey" for most gothic song ever made. "Doubt" is next which anyone who thinks they are a vampire would dig this. It is fast and punky. The only fast one on the album. "The Drowning Man" is where the bottom truly falls out from under you. It's about a girl Fuchsia whom I guess drowns as the narrator watches helplessly. I imagine Fuchsia having pale skin and long following hair. The bottom is almost completely gone on the song "Faith". A wonderful dirge like song with a sad bass line. Robert sings like he has no hope left at all. Which is the basic theme of the whole epic masterpiece.
Overall Impression — 10
I can only compare it other the other two in this gothic trilogy "Seventeen Seconds" and "Pornography". It was the last one I bought but it hasn't aged a bit for me. Yes, I bought during to tail end of fall and I worked the graveyard shift. It really did it for me and still does. I have about five or six Cure albums I can't live without. This is one of them. For me the most impressive songs are "All Cats Are Grey" and "Faith" and "Other Voices" and "The Drowning Man". I just really love this album. It is so dirge and funereal... And I like that kind of stuff. Considering I owned the cassette tape twice and then bought the CD then the remastered CD set it is safe to say if it were lost or stolen I would have to replace it.