Sound — 7
After the doom and gloom period of Faith and Pornography, the Cure put out there most experimental work of date with Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. The keyboards were still there and so was the six string bass, but trumpets and Kazoos were now thrown into the mix to make this the wildest proto-punk/new wave album out there. Robert Smith shows that his vocal pitch is superhuman and that he can squeal with the best of them in songs like "All I Want" and "Catch". But what sets this album apart from the rest in the bands catalogue is the music which is incredibly jazzy, you get the feel that this is a jazz band and that all the lyrics are getting made up on the spot. Whilst exciting and fresh at the beginning of the album it becomes tiring and silly towards the back end with songs like "Shiver and Shake" and "Like Cockatoos". The singles "Catch", "Why Can't I Be You?" and the legendary "Just Like Heaven" show why this band became so popular in the late 80's/ early 90's period.
Lyrics — 8
Like I said before, the lyrics are have the feel that they are being made up on the spot. That is most definately not a bad thing at all, luckily Robert Smith has the voice to push even the silliest lyrics over the line of acceptable. Most lyrical content is about romance and animals which has become a staple of the bands output, however there are not many gloomy tunes on this record. Robert Smith had found a new drug for Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and we're all the better for it.
Overall Impression — 7
The Cure were finding their feet with this album, testing their limit's and asking questions of their fanbase. A turning point in their career and an interesting listen. It won't satisfy any old day and you really have to be in the mood for something different when you put this album on. Standout songs are: "Just Like Heaven", "All I Want" and "This Perfect Girl". I love this album for it's avant-garde feel and the fact that no matter what you'll always find something different every listen.