1981 Album Reissued On 180g Vinyl LP Featuring "The
Drowning Man" & "All Cats Are Grey!"
Remastered By Robert Smith!
Lush and atmospheric, 1981's Faith is a striking conceptual song cycle, marked
by spiritual resonance, gothic veneer, and the Cure classics "The Drowning Man",
"All Cats Are Grey", and the title track.
Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the
late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous
incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band
became notorious for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a
public image that often hid the diversity of the Cure's music. At the outset,
the Cure played jagged, edgy pop songs before slowly evolving into a more
textured outfit. As one of the bands that laid the seeds for goth rock, the
group created towering layers of guitars and synthesizers, but by the time goth
caught on in the mid-'80s, the Cure had moved away from the genre. By the end of
the '80s, the band had crossed over into the mainstream not only in its native
England, but also in the United States and in various parts of Europe. The Cure
remained a popular concert draw and reliable record-seller throughout the '90s,
and their influence could be heard clearly on scores of new bands during the new
millennium, including many that had little to do with Goth.
"Certainly not the 'darkest' the Cure would eventually get, Faith is, as
represented by the cover art, one of the most "gray" records out there.
Melancholy and despondent (the feel of funerals and old churches just oozes from
this record) without the anger that would over take Pornography, Faith comes off
as not just a collection of songs, but as a full piece. 'The Holy Hour,' 'All
Cats Are Grey,' and the spectacular 'Faith' are slow atmospheric pieces that
take the softer elements from Seventeen Seconds, and -- when sidled up next to
faster tracks like the single 'Primary' and 'Doubt' -- paint an overall picture
of the ups and downs contained within a greater depressive period. But it's not
all gloomy keyboards and minimalist percussion, Faith is also a milestone for
Robert Smith lyrically, branching out into questions of faith and spirituality
he never quite touched on so well ever again. A depressing record, certainly,
but also one of the most underrated and beautiful albums the Cure put together.
They would not touch on this sort of lush sadness so well again until 1989's
Disintegration." - Chris True, allmusic.com
• 180g Vinyl
• Remastered By Robert Smith
1. The Holy Hour
3. Other Voices
4. All Cats Are Grey
5. The Funeral Party
7. The Drowning Man