Sound — 8
This album is often overlooked but I really like it. This is one of the albums that didn't have Simon Gallup on bass. As a matter of fact Robert Smith play most of the instruments on this one. This one is all over the place musically. It has quiet moments like "Dressing Up", loud moments like "Give Me It" odd moments like "Bananafishbones". The hit off this one is "The Caterpillar" which a lot of Cure fans might cringe at cause it's not dark or morbid. But who cares it is a good song. This albums uses the old six string bass occasionally but also the saxophone and kazoo and has a wonderful solo on "Piggy In The Mirror". A very neat Cure album indeed.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are very odd but not as dark as say "Pornography". This album features some instrumentation The Cure wouldn't normally use (like a kazoo) but with the lyrics Robert sings it blends well. I think I read somewhere that Robert Smith said he tried to be the worst singer on the planet on "The Top". But it works for him on this album.
Overall Impression — 8
I would say this is an album that starts to show the pop-side of Robert Smith's song writing. I think if he hadn't made this one he would not be able to make songs like "Just Like Heaven" or "High" or "Lovesong". It is like a transition album. I would say I love the songs "Dressing Up", "Bird Mad Girl", "The Top", and especially "Piggy In The Mirror". That is one of my all-time favorites of theirs. It does lack a strong single. If it were stolen I would buy it again. Maybe the deluxe edition this time.