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by Brodie

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When one of our writers suggested that we feature the Cure in the next Classics, something funny happened. No one could agree on which album deserved the honor. So we decided to do something different and for the first time in Classics history we are going to feature a series of Classics reviews from different reviewers telling us why their selection deserves the distinction of being a classic. During the next few weeks we publish these reviews of different Cure albums and you can decide which ones are classics to you! For the second review in this special series, Brodie tells us why Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me is definitely a classic!

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Once every few years, if you're lucky, a release comes along that changes your perception of music. Such was the case when a breakout album by the Cure came out on July 7, 1987.

Prior to the release of Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, The Cure had enjoyed nominal success, albeit mostly in Europe and their homeland of England, with their brand of shoegazer and goth inspired rock. With the release of Kiss Me however, the band began to see an appreciation of their music stateside that was, prior to that time, not nearly as noticeable.

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me starts out with what could be considered the title track, "The Kiss", and immediately it's obvious that was is to come is nothing like what has previously been released by The Cure. There is an undeniable intensity to the song that kicks off this album, and it sets the tone for what is to follow.

There are a number of songs that serve as standouts, not only for their radio play at the time they were released, but also for the tone they set for the band, showing that the best years of the band began here, and lasted well into the mid-to-late nineties. And even though the band's career still presses on today, it can easily be said that their best efforts were encapsulated in the releases from this album, to Disintegration (perhaps their best release ever), as well as Wish. 

The singles that came from this album were all standout tracks in their own right, like "Why Can't I Be You?", "Hot, Hot, Hot", "Catch", and of course their most popular song from the album "Just Like Heaven". Some of the best songs on the album, however, are songs that never made it to the radio, like "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep", "How Beautiful You Are", and perhaps the best song on the cd "All I Want".

This album, at the time it was released, was one track short of becoming a double cd release. In spite of being over an hour in duration, Kiss Me remains strong from beginning to end, and even though the album is now nearly 20 years old, it still holds just as much passion and relevance today as it did when it was released in the summer of '87.


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